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Daylong Retreat with Ayya Anandabodhi and Ayya Santacitta
July 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
We all get caught in the mud, and we all have the potential to be free. Exploring the Five Hindrances and how they are transformed by the Seven Factors of Awakening, we discover a timeless map for practice. During this weekend retreat we come together as community, supporting each other in the practice by keeping the Five Precepts and Noble Silence. The nuns will offer guided sitting and walking meditation, Dharma reflections and opportunities for Q & A. We will be sharing a vegetarian meal together. Since the Buddha’s time, 2600 years ago, Buddhist monastics have depended on almsfood for their daily sustenance. You are invited to bring food to share with the nuns and each other. Open to all.
Cost: Retreat is offered on a Dana basis. Dana means generosity and is the Buddhist practice of giving to ones capacity. In keeping with traditional Buddhist principles, teachings which liberate are priceless and so no set fee is required making them accessible to all. All monies will be split equally between Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta and Against the Stream.
A $25 deposit is required to reserve a space. Your deposit will be refunded as long as you attend the retreat. No refunds for cancellations. You may also apply this deposit to dana.
Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 2009, when she moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women. Her practice and teaching are guided by early Buddhist scriptures and through nature’s pure and immediate Dhamma. In 2011 she took full Bhikkhuni Ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path given by the Buddha.
Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria and has a multifaceted background in hotel management, cultural anthropology and avant-garde dance theatre. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has practiced meditation for over 25 years and trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Since meeting Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche in 2002, she also integrates Dzogchen teachings into her practice. Ayya Santacitta is co-founder of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, where she resides since 2009 and received Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2011. She is particularly interested in learning from nature and bringing faith traditions to the climate movement.