S A N T A C I T T A R A M A B U D D H I S T M O N A S T E R Y
Events at Santacittarama do not require booking and are free of charge. However, those wishing to stay overnight must book in advance - see Visiting for information.
23rd AUGUST: Study and practice day
Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, in Italian. For those who already have some meditation experience. Periods of sitting and walking meditation with readings and discussion the theme of "Transforming unwholesome mental states". Please bring a contribution for lunch, which is at 11 am.
31st AUGUST: Family day
Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. An opportunity for families with children, although people without children are also welcome. The day is particularly aimed at children of elementary school age, however children of all ages may participate.
Here is a short video of the Family Day of 2012: Video
Whoever would like to take part in the preparation and offering of food should arrive early, by 10:30 am. Around 1:00 pm a programme for children - yet to be defined - will begin. It may include the reading of a story, games, a walk in the woods. Your help and suggestions will be welcomed. Please contact Jayamano and Orietta (email@example.com), the coordinators for the day.
For further information please check this page nearer the time.
6th SEPTEMBER: Meditation class for beginners
Saturday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm. In Italian. Please arrive on time!
15th - 30th SEPTEMBER: Monastic Retreat
A period of silent retreat for the resident community of Santacittarama to develop their practice, free of other commitments. Day visitors are still welcome if they wish to share the silence and meditate or to support the retreat by bringing food offerings. Overnight stays will not be possible during this period.
The evening meditation beginning at 7:30 will continue as usual, except for Mondays. During this time there will be not be the usual 5 p.m. tea meeting, and the telephone will be answered only in the mornings between 7:30 and 8:30.
- 5th OCTOBER: Weekend retreat near PIACENZA
12th OCTOBER: KATHINA - Offerings ceremony
Sunday, 10:30am - 15:00pm. All are warmly welcome. KATHINA is a joyous celebration, re-affirming the mutually supportive relationship of monastic and lay Buddhists, and happens only once a year in each monastery wherever a community of monks have completed the three-month rains retreat residence. Traditionally it centres around the giving of cloth for robes, but in modern times it has also become an opportunity for offering other requisites that meet the needs of the monastery and its residents.
It is advisable to arrive by 10:30 am as the programme begins at 10:45 with the offering of rice to the Sangha on almsround, followed by a meal for all. Contributions for the meal are welcome. After a pause for clearing up, the ceremony begins in the large tent at around 13:00, with the taking of the three refuges and five precepts, followed by auspicious chanting, formal offering of cloth and requisites and a Dhamma talk.
NOVEMBER: Residential retreat near CAGLIARI