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 NEWS FROM ANUKAMPA BHIKKHUNI PROJECT  

Newsletter # 48 ~ October 2022     
Kangaroos grazing, WA.


Dear <<First Name>>,

 

After a long and dry summer, we are experiencing a rainy September here in Europe, and the leaves on the trees are starting to change colour to welcome in the autumn.

For Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project this autumn is especially exciting for a number of reasons, not least because it is just a month until we will be welcoming back our teacher, Venerable Candā. She will give her first Dhamma talk after her solitary retreat on the 30th October (at 9am UK time). It will be exciting to see her again and to hear her reflections on her time in the Australian bush.

As well as Venerable Candā’s return, there are many very exciting events coming up and on the horizon, from Ajahn Brahm’s UK tour this November, to a visit by Ajahn Brahmali in 2023.
 

Join Our Inspiring Autumn Programme



Until Venerable Candā returns we are still delighted to be welcoming guest Bhikkhunis to teach for the Anukampa community. We have been so fortunate to have had a full schedule of inspiring teachers this year. In addition, Lia is still very kindly and ably guiding peer-led Zoom sessions on the other Sunday evenings. Everyone is most welcome to join us!

The schedule between now and November is as follows:
 

This link will remain the same for every session listed below:

Sundays – Delving Deeply In Dhamma 
19.30 – 21.00pm BST/GMT (we are now in BST but please check for when clocks change on the 30th  October!)
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85006432089
Meeting Password: 145401  
 

 

 

Ayya CittanandaOctober

2nd: Ayya Soma "Bad Karma And Female Rebirth" With Q&A.

9th: Peer-led with Lia

16th: Ven Cittananda "Dying For Freedom"

23rd: Peer-led with Lia

30th 9:00-10:30 am: Ven Canda (on emergence from retreat!)

 

We would also like to remind you that you can join the Anukampa community throughout the year to meditate and chant together - everyone is welcome.


 

 ~On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Matthias hosts a silent meditation group:

 

Tuesday & Thursday – Silent Meditation Group 19.15 – 20.00pm UK time weekly (please join early as you will need to be punctual to be let in!)

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83651452007

Meeting Password: 904346



~On Wednesday evenings, Manori leads the chanting and blessings group, chanting the Karaniya Metta Sutta, and spreading loving-kindness, compassion, and blessings to family, friends, and all beings throughout the world: 

 

Wednesdays – Pali Chanting & Blessings Group

17.30 - 18pm UK time weekly

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88410481720

Meeting password: 364195%L 

 

 

We are very happy to tentatively announce the Friday evening Sutta discussions with Venerable Candā will begin again in December, and there will also be two Saturday Mettā Meditations in December.

 

Fridays – Sutta Discussion Group

From December 18:45 – 20:00pm UK time 

Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87463836452

Meeting Password: 909557

 

Saturdays – Guided Metta & Sharing Group

9:00 – 10:00am UK time

Saturday 10th December, Saturday 17th December 

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82533145821

Meeting password:  01140!$M



All our teaching events are also found here: https://anukampaproject.org/events


N.B You will need to be signed in to your personal zoom account to access all meetings. Please refer to our easy guidelines here.

~For security reasons please do not share links on social media, but instead refer people to our website :-)

Anukampa Buddhist Vihara

 

As you know, when Venerable Candā returns to the UK in November she will finally have a permanent address at Anukampa Buddhist Vihara in Oxford.

Over the past months, Kelly and Sue have been very busy preparing the new house – cleaning, connecting the essential services (including Internet), and constructing the flatpack furniture that has been so generously donated by so many people.


For the remaining things that are still needed, we have created the following Amazon wishlist which is automatically updated. If you would like to make an offering to the vihāra, you can see what is still needed there. Thank you very much for your continued support! 

When Venerable first returns to the UK in November she looks forward to "monasticising" the property! Towards the middle of January, once a few supporters have quietly helped her settle, Venerable Candā hopes to be ready to receive visitors and overnight guests at the vihāra. If you are interested in visiting or staying for several days, from January onwards, please contact us at team@anukampaproject.org.
Ven Canda & Ajahn Brahm
 

Opportunity to Feed the Sangha


From December, Venerable will again be accepting kind offerings of food dāna – whether in the form of a vegetable box, a shopping delivery, or a supermarket voucher. Then lay guests will be able to cook for her.

From around mid-January 2023, there will also be the opportunity to offer meals in person. The visiting time for lunch dāna will be between 10:30am and 1pm, with the meal offering at 11.15am. To make things easier for those who work, Venerable is available to receive food offerings between 5:30pm and 7pm, which can be reheated and offered by a lay guest the next day.

 

If you are interested in offering food dāna to Venerable Candā and her guests, please contact us at team@anukampaproject.org and we will help organise a suitable date and time for you to make your offering.  

Anukampa Tour With Ajahn Brahm ~ November 2022

 

It is exciting that the UK tour with Venerable Candā and Ajahn Brahm is less than two months away!

There are still spaces available for the talks being offered in London, Oxford, Birmingham, Stroud, and Bristol.

More information about this tour, including how to book tickets for the talks, can be found on the Anukampa website or via the links below. 
 

 


Video Volunteer Needed!  
We still have opportunities for you to help at all the above talks (except the London Buddhist Society) If you would like to join our team, please get in contact with us at team@anukampaproject.org.

We are particularly in need of a video volunteer (with equipment!) so we can share the Dhamma on the Anukampa YouTube Channel.
 

New Year Retreat with Venerable Candā

This year, Venerable Candā will again teach a three-day non-residential retreat (both in person and online), organised by Sheffield Insight Meditation. The retreat will run from Thursday the 29th December to Saturday the 31st December (9:30am – 5pm each day). The title of the retreat will be “Time to Love the Breath”.

 

Do you struggle to keep your mind on the breath and wonder if you should try a different technique?
 

This retreat will explore the powerful practices of loving kindness (metta) and mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati). Together we will discover how they can work in harmony and synergy to help brighten and calm the mind, leading to insights that relieve suffering.

We will start by establishing an attitude of metta as a way of opening our heart to the present moment, in a non-judgemental way. This will form the basis of practice that can be returned to throughout the retreat.
 

We will also cultivate metta meditation as a joyful means to develop stillness (samadhi) and overcome restlessness and discontent; hindrances that can make it difficult to stay with a subtler meditation object like the breath. As feelings of contentment and ease develop through metta practice, mindfulness increases and the breath becomes easier and more enjoyable to watch. The stages of breath meditation may then start to unfold naturally. With guidance, we will learn to intuitively sense how loving kindness and breath meditation can be alternated or even combined, to deepen our meditation - through wisdom rather than force.


If you are interested in attending the retreat, please contact Sheffield Insight directly.
 

Ajahn Brahmali in the UK in 2023

 

Following previous extremely successful tours, we’re delighted that Ajahn Brahmali has agreed to come back to the UK in 2023 to teach for the Anukampa community and lead a retreat in Derbyshire.

Ajahn Brahmali intends to visit from around the 10th – 24th May, 2023. The retreat is tentatively pencilled in for the 13th – 20th May, 2023. If you would be interested in volunteering to help us to organise this tour please contact us at team@anukampaproject.org.
 


Sunset over the Indian Ocean from the Jhana Grove bush

Latest Inspiring YouTube Teachings

 

As mentioned previously, throughout the year there have been many great talks offered by guest Bhikkhunīs. 

You can (re-)watch these talks anytime via the following links:

Ayyā Cittānandā: "Reclining Towards Nibbāna" 19.06.22
Ayyā Santacittā: “What I Learned from Community” 03.07.22
Ayyā Somā: “Therīgāthā Special: Part 1” 10.07.22   
Ayyā Somā: “Therīgāthā Special: Part 2” 24.07.22
Ayyā Somā: “Therīgāthā Special: Part 3” 14.08.22
Ayyā Santussikā: “Inspiration and Faith” 17.07.22
Ayyā Cittānandā: “Happy Rebirthday Ajahn Brahm” 07.08.22
Ayyā Santussikā: “Grieving the Loss of a Loved One” 21.08.22
Ayyā Somā: “Buddhism, Power, and Hierarchies” 04.09.22
Ven. Adhimuttī: “Practising the First Three Awakening Factors” 11.09.22
Ayyā Santussikā: “What if you Don’t Fit the Mold?” 18.09.22
 

We hope to see you at our upcoming events, both online and in person. And with Venerable Candā soon returning to the UK’s first dedicated Bhikkhuni vihāra, we’re excited about the next steps for Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project. Thank you all for your continued support and for being part of our community.

 

With much mettā (loving-kindness),

Derek (with many thanks to numerous other volunteers for their input and corrections)

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