April Newsbyte

April NEWSBYTE 2021

Trust all is well!

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Treasurer's Report 

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See Calendar for details
Online Winter Mahasi
Ends in 24 April
Online Bodycare with Reiki
May Bank Holiday Weekend
30 April - 03 May
A Plague in Easter Australia Re Mice! I thought we had it bad!
Treasurer's Report

After what has been a difficult year for so many of us I present here the financial report for Satipanya, along with the hope that the next twelve months will be less challenging for us all, with a return to something nearer to 'normal'.

All charities suffered loss of donation last year. Satipanya, because it is a small centre with a small standing cost with two residents (Bhante and Noirin) of £15,000 was amply covered by donations from the online courses and donors which included a rise of regular monthly donations. So, grateful thanks.

Coronavirus and the arrival of Noirin as a resident has changed the situation at Satipanya. Noirin’s mother died last January and Covid19 lockdown came at the end of March which was also the end of the Winter Mahasi. She had wanted to move to Satipanya and the first effort was to get a small bungalow built in the field next door where the big Pole Barn stands. Two applications were rejected. So she nestled into the Bungalow. She began taking on admin. duties and is now the Secretary to the Trust. Needless to say this was all very welcome to Bhante.

In the long term, however, there is still the need for accommodation for a resident teacher and/or eventually a manager. So the present plan is to get permission to build a cabin alongside the fence where the caravan is now.

Bhante has put his plans aside to find other residence so that Satipanya can function without him. He felt the time was not right and he would have to wait until either another teacher is ready to be resident or a full-time manager is ready to run the centre.

We plan to be up and running for the Summer Mahasi starting on Saturday 19 June.

Many thanks, again, to all who donate at the retreats and all those who donate in support of the centre. The finances will be made public on Companies House and the
Charity Commission website soon.

As always a request for you to consider a regular donation if you have not given one before. And if you are already giving, a small addition would be gratefully received.

You can donate single and continuing gifts via PayPal:
(Don’t forget to click on Gift Aid if have a given us a form or wish to have your donation Gift Aided. You can download the form from the Donation page and email it. No need to sign.)
However, if you prefer to offer by way of Internet Banking the details are below.
Even just £1.00 a week is a worthy gift!

Richard Benjamin
Treasurer on behalf of the Trustees.
For a one off donation:


Account Name:  Satipanya Buddhist Trust
Account Number:  11 44 54 05
Sort Code:  40 34 31
Bank Address:  HSBC, 42 Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2EB, UK
International Bank Account Number:  GB69HBUK40343111445405
Branch Identifier Code:  HBUKGB4166W

For regular donation no matter how small:
DEPOSIT A/C Bank Mandates only:
Account Name:  Satipanya Buddhist Trust
Account Number:  91 49 81 34
Sort Code:   40 34 31
Bank Address:   HSBC, 42 Courtenay Street, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2EB, UK
International Bank Account Number:  GB32HBUK40343191498134
Branch Identifier Code:  HBUKGB4166W



London and South East Satipanya Sangha: Fortnightly meetings, currently on Zoom. If you're interested in joining, please email satipanya-lse@genko.co.uk .

Satipanya Spiritual Companions:  An informal meditation group to meet on a monthly basis via Zoom for a full day of meditation. 
Email Magda for details at spiritualcompanions2020@gmail.com

Satipanya Online Meditation Hall on Zoom: Join us for your daily meditation - 06.00, 14.00 and 20.00 sits. Info.

Full Moon Celbrations:  Join the on Online Meditation Hall  from 20.00 to 21.00 ever Full Moon   Next Celbration: Sunday April 25  Info.  

Encouragements to Awakening on Retreat and Encouragements to Awakening in Daily Life: The ebooks and paper back are available on Amazon . But you can download PDF, Mobi for Kindle and ePub versions for all other readers from the website  also.

Karuna Book: Every morning at puja we call the names of those who are sick or dying, or are having a hard time.

Mudita Book: Every evening at puja we call the names of those who have something to rejoice.

Calendar for Start of 2021

Vipassana as taught by the Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma

The Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, one of the most influential vipassana insight meditation teachers of the last century, developed techniques to help us maintain moment to moment mindfulness from the instant we awake to the instant we fall asleep.

This leads not only to spiritual insights into our true, unborn-undying essence, but also, equally important, to the purification of the heart. So that we not only become wiser but more caring, generous, joyous and compassionate.

Applying the techniques on this retreat we follow a robust schedule, but meditators can modulate their practice to fit their level of experience, even absolute beginners. The accent is on relaxation and curiosity, rather than striving and concentration. And regular teacher contact, daily Q&A and personal interviews ensures students are supported throughout.

The retreat ends with advice on how to bring the practice into ordinary daily life to enhance our relationships and give spiritual meaning to our work and everyday tasks.

Assistants Needed

N.B. All the courses are serviced by assistants.

See calendar on website for up-to-date assistant need.

As assistant you have the opportunity to serve others. It can be a way of expressing gratitude for the gift of Dhamma. Although the morning is mainly taken up with breakfast preparation and cooking, the rest of day is for practice.

You can see the menus here (PDF).

As an assistant, we do not expect payment of the deposit or make a donation because you have kindly offered your time.

However, your commitment is essential, for the course would be very difficult to run without an assistant and may indeed have to be cancelled.

If you are interested, follow this link: Course Assistant

For info. about retreats and teachers see website: www.satipanya.org.uk
See drop down menus: especially About Us, Teachings and Retreats

Would you like to come and assist on a course?

Scroll down to see where you are needed .


Fourteen week roll-on, roll-off Retreat,
Started Sat 16 Jan, continues till Sat 24 April

First 8 weeks: Bhante Bodhidhamma. Last 6 weeks: Noirin Sheahan

Applications open.

Please read  Winter Mahasi   in order to see how we hope to run the retreat.

You can start or end on any of the following dates,
Saturdays: 13 & 27 March     10 & 24 April.
Sundays: 7 & 21 March           4* & 18 April.

* 4 April start only possible for Mahasi devotees, those new to the practice should join the Easter Weekend retreat on Fri 2nd April and join the Winter retreat when that finishes on Monday 5th.

For a 7-day retreat, start on Saturday, finish Sunday the following week.
For a 5-day retreat, start on Sunday, finish on the following Saturday.
Longer retreats – up to the remaining 8 week period are also possible.

Please enter the dates you want to attend on the Application Form .

Beginners welcome!

Calendar to Book
Information will be sent in due course.




Honouring Our Teacher  and Exemplar

Taking Refuges and Precepts Ceremony 


Saturday 01 May
Start 14.30 

Probably all outside.


Taking Refuges and Precepts : Procession
Tea and Biscuits 16.00


Fri. 30 April 01 at 19.00 – Mon 03 May 16.00


Bhante Bodhidhamma
with Bryan Lester, Reiki Master


See Calendar for details


Residential with some online (should all be back to normal. 🤞🏻)


Noirin Sheahan will lead the retreat from 19 June – 17 July

Bhante Bodhidhamma will lead the retreat from 17 July – 12 September


Online attendance is open only to the elderly, those who live at too far a distance, or those that have medical reasons, that is, anyone incapacited one way or another. Retreatants can tailor their schedule to suit their own circumstances.  Information!

For further info. email: noirinsheahan@gmail.com or bodhidhamma@satipanya.org.uk


N.B.  Although the retreats are organised on a two week rota, it is possible to come for the first 8 days  of any two week slot. However, we would encourage you to attend for at least two weeks.


Start dates restricted to these Saturdays :   19 June  & 3, 17, 31 July, 14 & 28 Aug.

(Alternate Sunday start is possible for Mahasi devotees.)

Finishing Sun. 12 Sept. to include the Anniversary Celebration on Sat.11 Sept.

A challenging Retreat easily modified for beginners. See  Beginner’s Testimonials on website .
You are encouraged to stay for more than one week.

Please note:   make sure the  dates on the application form  match the dates you want to come.

Assistants: Needed

(Come on Friday evening and leave on Saturday after breakfast.)

18 Jun – 03 Jul: Assistant: Needed

03 Jul – 17 Jul: Assistant: Grace White

16 Jul – 31 Jul: Assistant: Needed

30 Jul – 14 Aug: Assistant: Needed

13 Aug – 28 Aug: Assistant: Needed

27 Aug – 12 Sep: Assistant: Needed

    (includes the Anniversary on Saturday)   

Bhante's Away Calendar

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Many thanks.

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Directors  Jim Tibby  Richard Benjamin  Noirin Sheahan  Mike Regan  Alison Weeks
Limited Company Number  05924965  Registered Charity Number  1116668
Satipanya Buddhist Trust Satipanya White Gritt, Minsterley Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5 0JN United Kingdom
T:  +44 (0)1588 650752
info:  info@satipanya.org.uk

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