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Ayya Santacitta

was born in Austria and has a multifaceted background in hotel management, ethnology and avant-garde dance theatre. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has practiced meditation for almost 30 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 justice movement.

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May 2018

Getting on board for liberation with the aloka vihara nuns

May 20 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2018

San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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On the Ten Perfections, with Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta.   This is a monthly class on the 10 Paramis (Perfections), taught by Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta of the Aloka Vihara. This class is dana based. All are welcome. The Ten Perfections are: Generosity (dana) Moral conduct (sila) Renunciation (nekkhamma) Wisdom (paññā) Energy (viriya) Patience (khanti) Truthfulness (sacca) Determination (adhitthana) Loving-kindness (metta) Equanimity (upekkha) AYYA ANANDABODHI first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the…

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June 2018

Getting on board for liberation with the aloka vihara nuns

June 17 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2018

San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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On the Ten Perfections, with Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta.   This is a monthly class on the 10 Paramis (Perfections), taught by Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta of the Aloka Vihara. This class is dana based. All are welcome. The Ten Perfections are: Generosity (dana) Moral conduct (sila) Renunciation (nekkhamma) Wisdom (paññā) Energy (viriya) Patience (khanti) Truthfulness (sacca) Determination (adhitthana) Loving-kindness (metta) Equanimity (upekkha) AYYA ANANDABODHI first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the…

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July 2018

Getting on board for liberation with the aloka vihara nuns

July 15 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2018

San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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On the Ten Perfections, with Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta.   This is a monthly class on the 10 Paramis (Perfections), taught by Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta of the Aloka Vihara. This class is dana based. All are welcome. The Ten Perfections are: Generosity (dana) Moral conduct (sila) Renunciation (nekkhamma) Wisdom (paññā) Energy (viriya) Patience (khanti) Truthfulness (sacca) Determination (adhitthana) Loving-kindness (metta) Equanimity (upekkha) AYYA ANANDABODHI first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the…

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August 2018

Getting on board for liberation with the aloka vihara nuns

August 19 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2018

San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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On the Ten Perfections, with Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta.   This is a monthly class on the 10 Paramis (Perfections), taught by Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta of the Aloka Vihara. This class is dana based. All are welcome. The Ten Perfections are: Generosity (dana) Moral conduct (sila) Renunciation (nekkhamma) Wisdom (paññā) Energy (viriya) Patience (khanti) Truthfulness (sacca) Determination (adhitthana) Loving-kindness (metta) Equanimity (upekkha) AYYA ANANDABODHI first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the…

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September 2018

Getting on board for liberation with the aloka vihara nuns

September 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2018

San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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On the Ten Perfections, with Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta.   This is a monthly class on the 10 Paramis (Perfections), taught by Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta of the Aloka Vihara. This class is dana based. All are welcome. The Ten Perfections are: Generosity (dana) Moral conduct (sila) Renunciation (nekkhamma) Wisdom (paññā) Energy (viriya) Patience (khanti) Truthfulness (sacca) Determination (adhitthana) Loving-kindness (metta) Equanimity (upekkha) AYYA ANANDABODHI first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the…

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October 2018

Getting on board for liberation with the aloka vihara nuns

October 21 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2018

San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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On the Ten Perfections, with Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta.   This is a monthly class on the 10 Paramis (Perfections), taught by Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta of the Aloka Vihara. This class is dana based. All are welcome. The Ten Perfections are: Generosity (dana) Moral conduct (sila) Renunciation (nekkhamma) Wisdom (paññā) Energy (viriya) Patience (khanti) Truthfulness (sacca) Determination (adhitthana) Loving-kindness (metta) Equanimity (upekkha) AYYA ANANDABODHI first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the…

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November 2018

Getting on board for liberation with the aloka vihara nuns

November 18 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PST
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2018

San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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On the Ten Perfections, with Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta.   This is a monthly class on the 10 Paramis (Perfections), taught by Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta of the Aloka Vihara. This class is dana based. All are welcome. The Ten Perfections are: Generosity (dana) Moral conduct (sila) Renunciation (nekkhamma) Wisdom (paññā) Energy (viriya) Patience (khanti) Truthfulness (sacca) Determination (adhitthana) Loving-kindness (metta) Equanimity (upekkha) AYYA ANANDABODHI first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the…

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December 2018

Getting on board for liberation with the aloka vihara nuns

December 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm PST
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An event every month that begins at 1:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 16, 2018

San Francisco Center, 2701 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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On the Ten Perfections, with Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta.   This is a monthly class on the 10 Paramis (Perfections), taught by Ayye Anandabodhi and Santacitta of the Aloka Vihara. This class is dana based. All are welcome. The Ten Perfections are: Generosity (dana) Moral conduct (sila) Renunciation (nekkhamma) Wisdom (paññā) Energy (viriya) Patience (khanti) Truthfulness (sacca) Determination (adhitthana) Loving-kindness (metta) Equanimity (upekkha) AYYA ANANDABODHI first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the…

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