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News and programme
Santacittarama Newsletter
July 2015

Community News

On this years summer solstice, a warm and sunny Sunday, Anagarika Michel was inducted into the novice training, through the traditional pabbajja ceremony, renouncing worldly wealth and goals and taking the ochre robes and almsbowl of the mendicant dedicated to walking the Buddha's way to liberation. As is the custom, he was given a new name in pali at the conclusion of the ceremony. He is now known as Samanera (Novice) Pemasilo, meaning "love of moral restraint", a foundation for all good things. A selection of photos can be viewed from the News page of our website.

We are now without an anagarika, but not for long, as Samuele will be returning in mid-July after spending several months at Aruna Ratanagiri in the UK. Ajahn Tok is expected back from Thailand around the same time, although by the end of the month will be heading north to spend the so-called rainy-season retreat at our alpine hermitage, Santaloka. In the meantime we will be joined for the same period by a novice from Amaravati, Samanera Paradassi, of Mexican-Italian parentage.

Hospitality

If anybody is thinking to come and stay at the monastery in July or August, please be aware that our lodgings are already fully booked during this period. Do feel welcome to visit us during the day, though, if you do not live too far away.

Immagini di Luce

Images of Light: there will an exhibition of paintings and photographs from Burma in Anzio, from 30th July - 14th August. For further information: www.immaginidiluce.com.

New on the web

The Santacittarama story continues with two further instalments: pages 7 and 8 on the Archive page, describing how, after several years of searching and numerous setbacks, an eminently suitable property is found near Poggio Nativo, and the process of relocating and settling in.
 

PROGRAMME

Events at Santacittarama do not require booking, unless stated otherwise, and are free of charge. However, those wishing to stay  overnight need to book in advance. Unforeseen circumstances may cause changes to this programme, so it is worthwhile checking beforehand on the website, which is regularly updated.


11th JULY:  Study and Practice Day
Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. In Italian. For those who already have a minimum of meditation experience. Periods of meditation, readings and discussion on the theme of "Gratitude and appreciation". Please bring a contribution for the share meal at 11 am. 

2nd AUGUST:  Celebration of ASALHA PUJA
Sunday, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. Celebration of the Buddha's First Discourse. All are warmly welcome, possibly bringing some food to share for the 11 am lunch.

8th AUGUST:  Beginner's Meditation Class
Saturday, 3:30-5:30 pm. In italian.  Please arrive on time!

22nd AUGUST:  Study and Practice Day
Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. In Italian. For those who already have a minimum of meditation experience. Periods of meditation, readings and discussion on a chosen theme. Suggestions for a theme are welcome. Please bring a contribution for the share meal at 11 am. 

30th AUGUST:  Family Day
Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. An opportunity for families with children, although people without children are also welcome. The day is particularly aimed at children of elementary school age, however children of all ages may participate. Details will be published nearer the time.

31st AUGUST - 6th SEPTEMBER:  Residential retreat in TUSCANY
With Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian, at "La Chiara di Prumiano" (www.prumiano.it) at Barberino Val d'Elsa (FI). For information and booking contact: Luca, email: luca@percorsidimindfulness.it, cell: 335.717.4864. Booking begins on 1st April and continues until full, but not beyond 1st August.

5th SEPTEMBER:  Beginner's Meditation Class
Saturday, 3:30-5:30 pm. In italian.  Please arrive on time!

14th - 30th SEPTEMBER:  Monastic Retreat
A period of silent retreat for the resident community of Santacittarama to develop their practice, free of other commitments. Day visitors are still welcome if they wish to share the silence and meditate or to support the retreat by bringing food offerings. Overnight stays will not be possible during this period.
The evening meditation beginning at 7:30 will continue as usual, except for Mondays. During this time there will be not be the usual 5 p.m. tea meeting, and the telephone will be answered only in the mornings between 7:30 and 8:30. 


2nd - 4th OCTOBER:  Residential retreat near PIACENZA
With Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian, at the retreat centre "Pian dei Ciliegi". For information and booking: www.piandeiciliegi.it.

11th OCTOBER:  UPASAMPADA - Bhikkhu ordination
Sunday, at 1:30 pm. Upasampada ceremony of Samanera Mahabodhi, entry into the sangha as a bhikkhu, or fully ordained monk.

17th OCTOBER:  Study and Practice Day
Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. In Italian. For those who already have a minimum of meditation experience. Periods of meditation, readings and discussion on a chosen theme. Suggestions for a theme are welcome. Please bring a contribution for the share meal at 11 am. 

8th NOVEMBER:  KATHINA - Offerings ceremony
Sunday, 10:30am - 15:00 p.m. All are warmly welcome. KATHINA is a joyous celebration, re-affirming the mutually supportive relationship of monastic and lay Buddhists, and happens only once a year in each monastery wherever a community of monks have completed the three-month rains retreat residence. Traditionally it centres around the giving of cloth for robes, but in modern times it has also become an opportunity for offering other requisites that meet the needs of the monastery and its residents.

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Santacittarama
Monastero Buddhista
02030 Poggio Nativo (RI) Italy

Tel: (+39) 0765 872 186 (Everyday except Monday, 08:00-10:30)
Fax: (+39) 06 233 238 629

Email: sangha@santacittarama.org

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www.forestsangha.org (portal to wider community of monasteries)
www.forestsanghapublications.org (books, e-books and audio files)
www.allisburning.org (images of Theravada Buddhism)
www.saddha.it (friends of Santacittarama) 

 
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