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The latest from Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project
Newsletter # 22  March, 2019

> Programme And Registration Link
Needed: Volunteer To Store And Deliver Mats!
Current Daily Schedule At Anukampa Bhikkhuni Residence
> Teachings Past And Yet To Come
Award-Winning Film And Dhamma Evening 
An Interview With Ajahn Brahm
Insight On-site!

Dear <<First Name>>

 

Ajahn Brahm is teaching in the UK, for the fourth consecutive year, from 22nd to 30th October, 2019.

This time, we are offering two mini-retreats as well as a selection of talks, so that as many people as possible can have access to this wise meditation master.

We will be holding our third very popular three-day retreat, with both residential and non-residential options, at the beautiful Kairos Centre, Roehampton, which overlooks Richmond Park. This retreat books up within a couple of days, so be sure to register below! In addition, Ajahn will give a debut weekend retreat at Gaia House, Devon, as announced previously.

As usual, Ajahn is coming to the UK for one reason only- to support Anukampa’s monastery aim (see his video clip here). As a charity, we reached a major milestone this year (2019) by acquiring our first Bhikkhuni Residence, and need your ongoing support to continue this lofty pursuit. We continue to keep costs as low as possible thanks to volunteers who work entirely for free, as an act of pure charity and love, and all donations will be used towards growing a Bhikkhuni Sangha on UK soil.

Programme and Registration Link: 

 

22nd Oct, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm: “The Dance Between Insight and Peace" Dhamma Talk at Thames Buddhist Vihara, 49 Dulverton Road, Selsdon, Surrey, CR2 8PJ (no registration needed~donation-based)

23rd Oct, 2 pm - 4pm: "It's Not Your Fault!" Dhamma Talk at October Gallery, Russel Square, London
23rd Oct, 7 pm - 8.30 pm: "Kamma Without Belief" Dhamma Talk at Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Oxford

24th Oct, 6.45 pm - 8.45 pm: "Celebrating the Ordinary" Dhamma Talk at Kagyu Samye Dzong, Bermondsey, London

25th - 27th Oct: "Wisdom Born of Stillness" Weekend Retreat at Gaia House (fully booked- waiting list in operation)

27th Oct 2019, 7 pm - 9.30: “Words That Heal and Words That Harm" Dhamma Talk at Rudolf Steiner House, Baker Street, London.

28th-30th Oct: "How To Let Go Without Pushing Away" Three Day Residential OR Non-Residential Retreat, from 9am until 5pm on last day, Kairos Centre in South West London. 

Book all talks and retreats through our website here:

Needed: Volunteer To Store and Deliver Mats! 


In a retreat, some people like to sit in a chair to meditate, whilst others prefer sitting crossed legged on the floor, or kneeling on a stool. Variety is the spice of life and options facilitate inclusion. All our venues are hired spaces, thus come unequipped with meditation mats. Over the last few years, we have managed find ways of getting mats to our retreats. This was greatly aided by the help of our supporters and donors of the mats, the beloved late Rita and her partner Guo, to whom we are forever grateful. Guo additionally recorded all of the 2016 talks.

It is interesting to follow the journey of our meditation mats, from their birth place in a Bakewell pet shop (yes, really!) to Morden (via Bank); then several times into central and west London and back to Morden. Last year saw them venture to Hope (Derbyshire), for Ajahn Brahmali's retreat, on to Reading and Essex, then to Suffolk for Ajahn Brahm's retreat. From there they parted ways, dividing themselves between Essex and Shepherds Bush! 

Of course, as fondly as we may anthropomorphise the mats, they do not have legs nor drive a vehicle- only human volunteers do that! The well-travelled mats in "the Bush" (numbering around 50) now need a new home. We are looking for a kind person with some storage space who is able to collect them from Shepherds Bush in April, store them, and deliver them to the Kairos Centre (Roehampton) retreat, on either 27th October evening, or 28th by 8.30am. On arrival, other willing folk will bring them inside to set up the meditation hall. Mat storage and delivery is a hugely vital part of organising events and a fun one too, bringing volunteers together, improving peoples retreat experience and, not least, bringing meaning to the lives of many mats! Please contact us at team@anukampaproject.org if you would like to help. 


Participants (and well-used, satisfied mats!) at the end of our first Kairos retreat, October 2016

Current Daily Schedule At Anukampa Bhikkhuni Residence:


10.30am- 1pm: Visiting hours~ meal offering, Dhamma Reflection and Blessing Chant

1pm-6pm: Silent practice for residents

6.30pm: Tea-Time & Discussion on practice

7.30pm- 8.30pm: Silent Group Meditation +

Fridays:  8.30pm - 9.30pm on Fridays: Sutta Discussion

Saturdays: 8.30pm - 9.30pm on Saturdays: Audio Talk by Ajahn Brahm

For further information and to arrange a visit, please contact: team@anukampaproject.org

N.B Reminder: please note that this is a Private Residence and not a public place of worship, so attendance must be pre-arranged.

Teachings Past and Yet to Come
 

We hope you enjoy these teachings past:

An Evening of Kindfulness, Ven Canda, Oxford 
The Riches of Silence, Ven Canda, Brighton

...and yet to come: 
~13.04.19 Day Retreat, Frome Insight: REGISTER HERE
~11.05.19 Day Retreat, Oxford Insight:
REGISTER HERE 
~29th April, 13th and 20th May: Dhamma Evenings, Oxford Insight (just show up!)               

Award-Winning Film and Dhamma Evening 


Saturday 18th May, 7pm- 9pm at Kagyu Samye Dzong's workshop room: REGISTER HERE

“Bhikkhunī – Buddhism, Sri Lanka, Revolution” is a documentary film about the revival of bhikkhuni ordination in Theravāda Buddhism. We are delighted to present a screening, along with a guided meditation and a Q&A session with Venerable Canda.

On Technology and Human Connection: An Interview with Ajahn Brahm  

 

by Shveitta Sharma on 21st March, 2019

 

“We need to have WiFi and data-free zones where we can completely disconnect,” Ajahn explained, inverting the usual idea of a WiFi zone. “There is a need for a digital detox. It’s an addiction that is harming us in ways that we cannot fathom right now. The trouble with any addiction if it’s right in front of you is that you need willpower to say no. You can say ‘no’ a few times but then you have to say ‘yes’ only once to get the high. It is therefore important that we create an environment that keeps us away from temptation. We require serious self-discipline that needs to be combined with a creation of spaces, an environment where our dependency is challenged.

“Our dependence on technology is reaching dire levels,” he continued. “Our brains are being outsourced to our smartphones. We hardly remember any phone numbers, we don’t read as much, we don’t invest time or effort to search for information, everything is available at the click of a button. We want instant gratification, and that could be our downfall.”

Read the full article here

Insight On-Site!

 

After the first seven-day "On-site Retreat," (forgive the pun), Anukampa Residence feels fully inaugurated as a place of calm abiding. It is an ongoing privilege to meet the kindest of people through serving in this role. I extend deep thanks to silent retreat buddy Frances, who provided nutritious food with a touch of artistic flare and, equally, everyone who enters and enriches our fledgling community through empowering our vision and bringing it to life. Guests range from all ages: from adopted nephews Alex and Felix, at the tender age of one, to Pali Scholar Richard Gombridge who is eighty-one! We have also warmly welcomed members of the LGBTQI community, and people from a diverse range of religious and racial backgrounds. Over the last couple of weeks, guests born in Italy, Norway, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Australia offered lunch- as well as one or two born and raised Brits! I also felt honoured to host a long-established local womens' meditation group, for some insightful discussion and plenty of tea! The most recent notable event was a visit on the invitation of Ven Khammai Dhammasami, to share the lunch offering at the Oxford Buddhist Vihara. This meeting sparked a supportive relationship of connection to the Burmese community and Venerable Dhammasami urged me to make use of the OBV's newly acquired property in the Forest of Dean, to hold our own retreats! 

 

Lastly, in case any of you missed the recordings of Ajahn Brahm's outstanding December 2018 retreat, here is the link

"There is no jhana without wisdom, there is no wisdom without jhana. One who has both wisdom and jhana is in the presence of nibbana."  DP:372

We greatly look forward to sharing wisdom born of stillness together, at this year's events, so we will leave you to register now

With deep loving kindness,
Ven Canda and the Anukampa Team


The Kairos Centre October 2016, by Bing Guang Guo
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