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News and programme
Santacittarama Newsletter
August 2015

Community News

After much coming and going the resident community are beginning a period of relative stability for the three month period that corresponds to the Asian rainy-season retreat. Ajahn Tok has gone to spend this time at Santaloka, the alpine hermitage, where at 2,000 m above sea level he is likely to experience rather cooler weather than here in central Italy. Samanera Mahabodhi has joined him for the first few weeks, but will then return to prepare for his bhikkhu acceptance ceremony on 11th October. Anagarika Samuele has returned after a stint at Ratanagiri monastery and we have been joined for the summer by Samanera Paradassi, who was born and grew up in Mexico but has an Italian father.

Temple Project

We are pleased to announce that work on this project is likely to begin soon, perhaps even in September. The first of two phases should see the large sala completed, while the remaining work on the lower floors can be continued at a later date in case we need to wait for further funds to become available. Although a substantial amount will still be needed to complete the first phase, with what has already accumulated and what has been pledged, we are confident that once building work actually begins there will be enough interest and support to keep up the momentum of freewill donations.

The first job will be to remove the roof of the old utility building, which we have always called the cantina. The roof material contains asbestos and so a specialized company will be needed. The cantina can then be dismantled and the excavations begin. A pause will be necessary for some time during the winter months, but it should be organized so that by then the work will have reached a stage where it would not be damaged by heavy rains or hard frosts.

Nirodha House

We have decided to call the house on the recently acquired next-door property Nirodha, a pali term meaning cessation – or non-arising – of dukkha, suffering. The idea is that in the long term it will provide a suitable facility for elderly and ailing monks.

Some improvements have been made to the top floor: applying a fresh coat of paint, dividing a large bedroom into two and installing another bathroom. The ground floor is being prepared to house a workshop and the contents of the cantina, which will soon need to be emptied.

 

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.


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 the theme: "The role of moral discipline in the practice of Dhamma". 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). Booking closed on 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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