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.
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
4th OCTOBER: Meditation class for beginners
Saturday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm. In Italian. Please arrive on time!
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.
This year Ajahn Vajiro, the English abbot of a new monastery near Lisbon, will be our special guest.
18th OCTOBER: Study and practice day
Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, in English with Italian translation. For those who already have some meditation experience. Periods of sitting and walking meditation with readings and discussion on a chosen theme. Please bring a contribution for lunch, which is at 11 am.
NOVEMBER: Residential retreat near CAGLIARI