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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.

 

 

11th JULY:  Study and Practice Day

Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. For those who already have a minimum of meditation experience. Periods of meditation, readings and discussion on the theme of "Appreciation and gratitude". Please bring a contribution for the share meal at 11 am. 

 

2nd AUGUST:  Celebration of ASALHA PUJA

Sunday, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm. Celebration of the Buddha's First Discourse. All are warmly welcome, possibly bringing some food to share for the 11 am lunch.

 

8th AUGUST:  Beginner's Meditation Class

Saturday, 3:30-5:30 pm. In italian.  Please arrive on time!

 

22nd AUGUST:  Study and Practice Day

Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. For those who already have a minimum of meditation experience. Periods of meditation, readings and discussion on a chosen theme. Suggestions for a theme are welcome. Please bring a contribution for the share meal at 11 am. 

 

30th 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. Details will be published nearer the time.

 

31st AUG - 6th SEP:  Residential retreat in TUSCANY

With Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian, at "La Chiara di Prumiano" (www.prumiano.it) at Barberino Val d'Elsa (FI). For information and booking contact: Luca, email: luca@percorsidimindfulness.it, cell: 335.717.4864. Booking begins on 1st April and continues until full, but not beyond 1st August.

 

5th SEPTEMBER:  Beginner's Meditation Class

Saturday, 3:30-5:30 pm. In italian.  Please arrive on time!

 

14th - 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. 

 

2nd - 4th OCTOBER:  Meditation retreat near PIACENZA

With Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian, at the centre "Pian dei Ciliegi". For information and booking: www.piandeiciliegi.it.

 

11th OCTOBER:  UPASAMPADA - Bhikkhu ordination

Sunday, at 1 pm. Upasampada ceremony of Samanera Mahabodhi, entry into the Sangha as a bhikkhu, or fully ordained monk.

 

17th OCTOBER:  Study and Practice Day

Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. For those who already have a minimum of meditation experience. Periods of meditation, readings and discussion on a chosen theme. Suggestions for a theme are welcome. Please bring a contribution for the share meal at 11 am. 

 

8th NOVEMBER:  KATHINA - Offerings ceremony

Sunday, 10:30am - 15:00 p.m. 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.

 

 

Please note that, although every attempt will be made to follow this programme, it is planned a long time in advance and may be affected by unforeseen circumstances. To be on the safe side please check this web page a couple of weeks beforehand.

 

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