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  The latest from Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project

Newsletter 14,
15th January, 2018

Registration Open!

Ajahn Brahmali's  1st-8th July Retreat

After a few test runs with our booking system, registration for this very special residential retreat is open. Ajahn Brahmali, second in command- and demand- to our Teacher Ajahn Brahm, will draw out the map of practice known as ‘the gradual training’ - a practical, step by step guide to the joy of awakening. We feel extremely fortunate to have found a beautiful venue in the hills of Derbyshire's Peak District National Park with a capacity for fifty residents, and we welcome beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

IMPORTANT: Before you book, please add our bookings address: bookings@anukampaproject.org to your contacts list, to avoid our confirmation emails disappearing into your junk folder! This happened a few times in our trials, hence some notifications were not received.

A fuller retreat and venue description as well as the procedure for applying can be found on our events page here

If you are unable to find 8 days for retreating, don't worry! Ajahn Brahmali's programme will commence with a public talk on Friday 29th June and a half-day retreat at Thames Buddhist Vihara on Saturday 30th June. Details for these events will be announced as a soon as possible.

New Ajahn Brahm 'Real Dhamma' Tour Videos

Three more talks are now uploaded on Anukampa's YouTube channel:
 
'At Peace With Uncertainty,' 12.10.17
'Real Love and Anukampa' 13.10.17
The opening talk of 'Unconditional Mindfulness' weekend retreat, 13.10.17

Relax and let the Dhamma seep in!

A Temporary Home in Lyme Regis


I feel immensely fortunate and grateful to have been offered a flat for a couple of months between May and July this year, by dear friends and supporters Rita and Guo. Taking care of my monastic needs will be Rudite from Latvia, who spent time in Perth at both Dhammasara and Bodhinyana monasteries- and will likely be an ideal companion in quiet meditation and committed service. 

A Packed Month For Teaching!


Having just finished my teaching position at Gaia House, I am now in London, liaising with volunteers and visiting various Buddhist groups. I recently attended the Sri Lankan DIN (Dhamma in the Neighbourhood) group in Surrey and thoroughly enjoyed sharing Dhamma in a children's session and with their parents- Buddhism 'experts' who have been gathering in large numbers to discuss Dhamma for many years. Next up is a visit to the charming Brentwood Buddhist Society, whose members you may remember for their lovely presence as 'Anukampa Cloth Bag Wielder's at Ajahn Brahm's events!

On January 28th, 3-5pm I'll be at Leicester Buddhist Vihara for a relaxed  afternoon of Kindfulness (and no doubt tea), before the more publicised London Insight day-long on 11th February 'Is Mindfulness Enough? 
 

Ajahn Brahmali on Gender Equality and Ethics


Finally, we love and leave you with a fascinating interview by Ajahn Brahmali  published by Buddhist Door Global.  Here's an excerpt: 

'Like his teacher Ajahn Brahm, Norwegian-born Ajahn Brahmali is unafraid to speak his mind, not only with students and fellow Buddhists, but also at the broader level of Buddhism and morality. This honesty famously cost Ajahn Brahm his institutional connections in Thailand when he came out in support of bhikkhuni ordination in 2009..."You lose your mates, your friends, you feel abandoned. But the system itself wasn’t really that appropriate! If you look at the monastic Vinaya, the early sangha, as the Buddha laid it down, was almost completely flat. There was no hierarchy at all..." '

















"Love is no separation between you and life. It is a progressive letting go, a progressive not fault finding. Just do nothing and love this moment. Its very beautiful and very deep."- Ajahn Brahm
 

With loving-kindness,
Bhikkhuni Canda

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