New Year Newsbyte 2022

JANUARY NEWSBYTE 2022

 

Trust all is well!

Wishing you all a fruitful 2022!


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For calendar and assistant opportunities, see below.

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Living in the Here and Now

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The Winter Mahasi Retreat
now open to applications
See below for details.

We are asking everyone to take an antigen test before setting out in their journey to Satipanya, and not to come if the test is positive.

Those  applying from abroad should be able to come with a PCR test and will need to isolate — meditate in their room — until the results of the PCR test taken two days after arrival are received.

Those staying for two weeks or longer will be asked to do an antigen test twice per week.  Please bring your own tests.

Applications for the rest of 2022 will start on 10 January.

Diary

I came back from Metta Vihara Meditation Centre in south Germany on 16 Dec. Just got caught up in Omicron. I had to get a PCR test at the airport to get back in. A little nail biting there. 'Positive' would mean I wouldn't be back till after Xmas. Anyway I did land and finally got back ... to solitude.

As you can see from the notice above, we're still dealing with the throes of Covid here and it may be the same every year from now on! We can only hope the virus loses potency over time.

Whatever the situation, we are committed to residentials, even if numbers have to be low to keep the rules of distance etc.
I hope I see you here!

Many of you will remember the Mouse Saga of last year. We evicted 29 mice! It started up again this year, but not so persistant. Yet even yesterday mice got into the back of the sink cupboard and attacked the waste bin. They seem to have given up since they haven't come back. We also had rats in the loft!!!

The good news is that the Pest Control man, Jim, came with a new device. A pencil type camera that can see places invisible to humans! He spotted a hole at the corner of the kitchen wall where it meets the Block. He's now filled in the hole and very good job too. So, we're hopeful. But these little creatures are incredibly intelligent and persistent. They know Satipanya is the Canary Islands on the winter. They're not going to give up. La lutta continua!

Announcements

New Year's Eve Vigil (on-line only)

Day Retreat:
 Sat 8 Jan, 10.00 - 17.00, kick-start / top-up. led by Bhante Bodhidhamma. Beginners welcome. Click here to book.

Winter Retreat:  12-week, roll-on, roll-off residential retreat. Bhante will lead the first 8 weeks, 15 Jan - 12 March, and Noirin will leaad the final four 15 March - 9 April. Beginners welcome. Assistants needed.  Click here to book.


Regular Online Meetings

Meditation Hall on Zoom:  Join us for your daily meditation - 06.00, 09.00, 14.00, 16.00 and 20.00 sits.  Info.

London and South East Satipanya Sangha:  Fortnightly meetings, currently on Zoom. If you're interested in joining or you recently tried but didn't get a response, please email  satipanya-lse@genko.co.uk .

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


Full Moon Celebrations:  Join 20.00 to 21.00 on the Sunday closest to the Full Moon. Bhante gives a short dhamma talk, followed by a 30-min sitting, refuges and precepts and we end by reading and chanting the metta sutta.  For date of next Celebration.   

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 2022

Warning re Coronavirus: We would prefer you to cancel your retreat or visit should you show any signs of illness.

We would ask anyone who as any sign of fever, tiredness, cough, or breathing difficulties, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, should cancel their proposed visit.

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 .

Attendance & Online - New Year Retreat

A kick start to the year!

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Saturday 08 January
Meeting at 09.30 : Ending 17.00

Schedule and details will be sent with application.
Email Marion : info@satipanya.org.uk

Assistant Needed

Winter Mahasi 

Residential

Twelve week roll-on, roll-off Retreat.

Saturday 15 January to Saturday 09 April

First 8 weeks: Bhante Bodhidhamma. Last 4 weeks: Noirin Sheahan

Applications open.

You can start or end on any of the following dates:

Saturdays: 15 & 29 Jan, 12 & 26 Feb, 12 & 26 Mar.

Sundays:  23 Jan,  6 & 20 Feb, 6 & 20, Mar, 3 Apr.

Assistants Needed

Weeks 1&2  (14 - 29 Jan)     .. Jim Tibby .
Weeks 3&4  (28 Jan - 12 Feb)  .. Toby Glynn   .
Weeks 5&6  (11 - 26 Feb)   ..... Maria Schulte .
Weeks 7&8  (25 Feb - 11 Mar)   .. Alison Weeks
Weeks 9&10 (10- 26 Mar)  ... Needed ..
Weeks 11&12 (25 Mar - 09 Apr)  .. Needed .

See Calendar for dates.

For a 5-day retreat, starting on a Sunday (19.30) and finish on the following Saturday (07.30).
For a 7-day retreat, starting on a Saturday (19.30) and finish on Sunday (07.30) the following week.  
Longer retreats - up to the full 12-week period - also possible.
Please go to Calendar and enter the NUMBER of the week/s (not the dates!) you want to attend on the Application Form. 
 

Beginners welcome
(though must start on a Saturday during Bhante's period)

Check Website for Retreats upto Summer.


Calendar

Bhante's Away Calendar

Living in the here and now.

Bhante Bodhidhamma


It is a cliche: live in the here and now. But then a burglar in the dead of night stealing around your home is definitely living in the here and now. But the awareness that will lead to liberation has also to be ethical – ethical in the widest sense of that term of wholesome relationship. Otherwise, it is not Right Awareness. When can we tell some unwholesome desire has entered a situation? Here are some pointers.

Reading: there may be times we have to read and skim to collect facts for a piece of work, but is that what we are doing all the time – collecting facts and figures. If you speed read, is it just to collect data. Are we tense or relaxed? Are we in fact hoarding knowledge? When finished, does it feel nourishing or just gratifying? Or do we find ourselves reading slowly, carefully, stopping occasionally to re-read, savouring phrases, mulling over what has been written. Do we understand more deeply? Do we feel nourished?

In conversation: are we inwardly answering while the other is speaking? Do we always want to be ready with a reply – agreeing, disagreeing. Do we interrupt? When we have finished, do we feel we have won? Do we feel bad if the conversation didn’t go our way? Are we too afraid our view might be changed or even wrong? Or do we let go of our opinions and listen. Are we ready to see the way the other sees and understands and perhaps have our views challenged, nuanced, even changed?

Doing chores: are they chores? Do we just want to get them done so we get on? Or do we see them as an opportunity to develop care and attention. Do we find repetition a bore or does the ever-busy mind rest on the activity and the heart find a gentle joy? Do we delight in washing pots? Do we find the toilet pan a beautiful object to carefully clean? 

Work: If boredom comes up at work, do we bring energy, focus, refinement to what we are doing, or do find ourselves restless, seeking distraction, day dreaming … getting a cup of tea. We work to earn a living. Do we see it as a service or is it just ‘work’ so we can get things and have ‘experiences’? Do we seek promotion to get more money, status and power or do we see it as a way of offering our skills for the benefit of the company or society?

Relationships: are we more concerned to be liked, to be loved rather than admire and love? Are we more concerned to be consoled than to console? To be understood than to understand? No other, whatever the relationship, is ever kind and considerate all the time. When we are hurt, do we hold onto the resentment? Or are we open about it and ready to let go? When we hurt the other, are we quick to apologise? Or do we justify our actions? Is there revenge in our hurting? When discussing what to do, do we come with a fixed idea and get upset if the other doesn’t want to do it? Or do we come with an idea we are happy to put aside?
Our hearts are normally combining self-driven, unskilful desires with wholesome, virtuous intentions. Our spiritual work is to empower those right intentions and not get embroiled in wrong intentions. In this way we are developing Right Attitude, the second step on the Eightfold Path.

I’d be happy to receive any other pointers you may have and consider these in a revised text.
 

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Metta
Onward
Bodhidhamma

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