April Newsbyte

April NEWSBYTE 2022


Trust all is well!

Treasurer's Report

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Treasurer's Report


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Bodycare Retreat
Fri. 29 April - Weds 04 May
Assistant Needed!
(see below)

Cases of Covid infections are rising. For most, it will be a like a flu, but some will die and some will have to suffer long term effects.

So even though restrictions are being withdrawn, we still ask everyone to wear a mask in communal areas except when meditating and to take a rapid covid test before setting out on their journey to Satipanya, and not to come if the test is positive.

If you develop any symptoms during retreat, you must take a test and isolate if the result is positive. Please bring your own tests.


The Air Sources Heating Failure Saga: just a quick note to say that it was a rat that bit into a pipe. The cost of fixing it came to an incredible £3,500! Hopefully, we have found the entrance and we will be free of rats and mice. However, to be absolutely sure such damage won't happen again, we will probably change all the pipes in the loft from plastic to metal ones.

Life is Suffering - A South American Take

Treasurer’s Report

2021 started with another lock-down much like the year before but with no help from the Government. Online courses were run on a donation only basis.

We were able to open again to run residential retreats for the three-month Summer Mahasi, the Autumn weekend and Insight Dialogue retreats as well as the November Monthlong which were well attended. Meditators were spread out over the Meditation Room and the Walking Room. The donations from the courses, plus all the regular donations made sure we have no financial difficulties.
We applied for permission to build a large cabin alongside the property where the caravan stands. It took two months for the architect to get the drawings ready and seven months for the Planner to tell us he wasn’t going to pass it. Bhante was both disappointed and relieved. Disappointed because it would have meant any future resident manager would have had a private dwelling. This would make the position very appealing. Relieved because he has had enough of buildings. 
As you will have read from the Newsbyte, the rats who were getting into the roof eventually bit into one of the pipes, causing a total shut down of the heating system. It cost £3,500c to put it right!!! Luckily, the Pest Control man, Jim, was able to block the entrance, but we will be replacing all the plastic pipes with metal ones so that should the rats find entrance again then at least they won’t damage the heating system. And should the system ever break down in future, we now have a cache of oil heaters.
As we are aware, inflation is on the rise, worsened by the war in Ukraine. We shall see how we get on this year. We are reluctant to raise the deposit, even though the Government expect it to cover our running costs, and instead rely on donations. 
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:


£1.00 a week is a worthy gift!

However, if you prefer to offer by way of Internet Banking the details are below.
(Don’t forget to click on Gift Aid if you 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.)


Richard Benjamin
Treasurer on behalf of the Trustees.

For One-Off Donations:

CURRENT A/C.  Single Donations
Account Name:  Satipanya Assoc.(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 (IBAN):  GB69HBUK40343111445405
Branch Identifier Code (BIC):  HBUKGB4166W

For regular donation/bank mandates no matter how small: 

DEPOSIT A/C Bank Mandates and Regular Donations only:
Account Name:  Satipanya Assoc.(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


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.

Zoom Study Group: 
This collaborative study group has evolved out of the fortnightly London and South East Satipanya Sangha which has been meeting via Zoom since the beginning of the Covid outbreak.  We are currently studying the Satipatthana Sutta , as set out by Joseph Goldstein in his 46 part discussion on the Dharma Seed site and in his book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening. We have just begun studying Part 16, The Five Hindrances .  We intend to continue this group on Zoom and warmly extend an invitation to any practitioner who would like to join us. Currently meeting alternate Sundays 10:30am - midday. Please contact [email protected] for further information.

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  [email protected]

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 2022

Coronavirus: Requirements for visiting Satipanya.

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.

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 .

Easter Mahasi Retreat

Noirin Sheahan

Vipassana means “Seeing clearly”.

When we see the world as it really is, we will be free from the distress that comes from identifying with a limited view of who and what we are.
During the retreat, we relax from all our usual busyness to give our full attention to present experience.
We learn to see the world more clearly, and to disentangle the knots of confusion that bind us to emotional turmoil.
At precious moments, the heart opens and we sense what it means to be free.

Assistant : Jim Tibby

The usual schedule and format – see website,
easily modified for beginners.

Click here to book

What we teach.      Schedules

Bhante Bodhidhamma and Bryan Lester

Bryan Lester ,  a reiki master, has run this course with me in past years. He will be helping us open up to Universal Energy (Reiki).

Start Friday at 19.00, 29 April. Ending Wednesday 04 May after breakfast.

I will be guiding the practice of Vipassana, Metta and Bodycare.

Vipassana is heart purifying and insightful.

Metta is the development of Goodwill.

Bodycare is turning that Metta towards the body.

Reiki opening up to Universal Energy

Please note that on the afternoon of Saturday, there will be the Buddha Day Celebration from 14.00 – 17.00

Assistant Needed

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What we teach.      Schedules

Buddha Day

Honouring Our Teacher  and Exemplar
Taking Refuges and Precepts Ceremony 

Saturday 30 April
Start 14.30 

Probably all outside centre

Day attendance for those in easy reach of the centre.

Taking Refuges and Precepts : Procession
Tea and Biscuits 16.00

Local Assistant needed

No need to book. Please let us know you are coming by email: [email protected]

Weeklong Mahasi Retreat

Sat 21 May-Sun 29 May

Guus Went

Sayadaw U Pandita’s definition of Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the observing power of the mind, which clearly and simply experiences an object, without reacting to it.

We start actively to develop this power with the body as primary object. That makes it possible not to get fully entangled in the hindrances and to come to know something about them.

Sitting meditation, walking meditation and daily activities are fully equal in importance. Gradually we come to know other objects of meditation, both internally and externally.

Practical thing: It is useful to take a small notebook and a pen, to make notes of observations  after  a session or during the day. This will be helpful to make the interview sessions useful and relaxed.

 The usual schedule and format – see website.

Assistant  Needed

All about Guus

Click here to book

What we teach.      Schedules


Summer Mahasi Retreat

Sat 18 Jun-Sun 11 Sep

Noirin Sheahan will lead from Saturday 18 June to Saturday 16 July


Bhante Bodhidhamma will lead from Saturday 16 July to Sunday 11 September.

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 :   18 June  & 2, 16, 30 July, 13 & 27 Aug.

Alternate  Sunday  starts are possible – 26 Jun, 10 & 24 July,  07 & 21 Aug, 04 Sept :  only past students can start on Sundays during Bhante’s time. But beginners can join during Noirin’s time.

Finishing Sun.  morning  11 Sept. to include the Anniversary Celebration on Sat.10 Sept.

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

Choose the retreat/s you want to join.

Please enter the appropriate number/s for the retreat time you wish to apply for. For example: 03 means you will be coming on Saturday 02  and leaving  on  Sunday 10 July. If you wish to stay longer simply enter the following numbers. For instance: 03,04, 05, 06 means you will be coming on Saturday 02 July and leaving on Sunday 30 July.

01 … Sat 18 – 26 Sun

            02 … Sun 26 Jun – Sat 02 Jul

     03    Sat 02 – Sun 10 Jul

     04 … Sun 10 – Sat 16 Jul

     05 … Sat 16 – Sun 24 Jul

     06 … Sun 24 – Sat 30 Jul

             07 … Sat 30 Jul – Sun 07 Aug

       08 … Sun 07 – Sat 13 Aug

       09 … Sat 13 – Sun 21 Aug

       10 … Sun 21 – Sat 27 Aug

              11 … Sat 27 Aug – Sun 04 Sep

        12 … Sun 04 – Sun 11 Sep

For a 7-day retreat, start on a Saturday (19.30) and finish on Sunday morning the following week.

For a 5-day retreat, start on a Sunday (19.30) and finish on the following Saturday morning.

Longer retreats – up to the full 12-week period – also possible.

Please enter the  Number/s  you want to attend on the Application Form.

Beginners are welcome!

Assistants : Come on Friday evening and leave on Saturday after breakfast.

               Retreats 01 & 02      Assistant needed
         Retreats 03 & 04      Grace White
      Retreats 05 & 06      Hui Hui Ng
                    Retreats 07 & 08      Kelly Chamberlain 
     Retreats 09/10/11     Jim Tibby
             Retreats 12               Dea Paradisos

Click here to book

What we teach.      Schedules

Thanksgiving Ceremony for Satipanya
Fifteeth Anniversary

Saturday 10 September

Ceremony starts 15.00

Hopefully Covid has disappeared and we shall not need the safeguarding.

Otherwise we can also come inside in the Meditation Room and Walking Room with windows and doors open.

Tea and biscuits after the ceremony!

Feel free to bring your own.Pray is doesn’t rain!

Local Assistant needed

No need to book. Please let us know you are coming by email: [email protected]

Residential Weekend Retreat

Fri 16 Sep-Sun 18 Sep

Carl Fooks

See weekend schedule.

Carl’s may be a little different.

The Mahasi system is challenging, and its emphasis on moment-to-moment mindfulness can prove to be particularly difficult.
Carl teaches a gentle approach to the practice, encouraging a skilful and effective orientation that helps practitioners to commit themselves fully to the practice and the schedule, and thereby get the most out of the course. 

Assistant needed

Click here to book
What we teach.  

Autumn Day Retreat

Saturday 24 September
Kick Start/Top up

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Assisted by Mark Arthur

Arrive 09.30. Finish 17.00
Covid!!! Please bring your own sandwiches etc. Beverages provided.

Local Assistant: Needed
No need to book. Please let us know you are coming by email: [email protected]

What we teach.  

Autumn Five Week Mahasi

Sat 29 Oct-Sat 3 Dec


Noirin Sheahan

Assistants: Needed

Four-week roll-on, roll-off, residential with a few places on-line.

Deposits will be refunded if cancellation due to Covid Restrictions

Starting dates:  October Sat 28,  November Sun 07, Sat 12, Sun 20 & Sat 26

Assistants needed

Fri 28 October to Saturday 12 November : Assistant needed

Fri 11 to Sat. 26 November :  Assistant needed

 Fri 25 November to Sat 03 December :  Assistant needed


Join for the full five weeks or a shorter period

(Minimum 5 full days, Sun evenig till following Sat morning).

Beginners welcome!

When we see the world as it really is, we will be free from the distress that comes from identifying with a limited view of who and what we are. The retreat supports our efforts to see the world more clearly, and thereby disentangle the knots of confusion that bind us to emotional turmoil.  At precious moments, the heart opens and we sense what it means to be free.

What we teach .

Click here to book

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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:  [email protected]

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