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January 2007

Warm greetings and best wishes for 2007

from all at Santacittarama!


Winter Retreat

As usual our European monasteries go into retreat mode for most of January, February and March, this being a time when nature itself tends towards stillness and silence. Santacittarama will remain open for daytime visits for those who wish to share the silence and any part of the retreat programme. It will not be possible to stay overnight during this period, apart from the few people who are already expected as retreat helpers. The meal will be as usual at 11 a.m. and for the month of January (starting on the 9th) there will be periods of silent meditation in the afternoon at 2 and 4 o'clock and the evening puja and meditation at 7:30. On Mondays there will not be any programme. Individual practice will be emphasized during the months of February and March, although the evening puja will continue as usual. Any other changes of programme will be announced on the "news" page of the website, where there will also be an updated list of things needed in the monastery, particularly food items.

We appreciate your support in this; it is an important time for the resident community to limit their outward-going activities and be more free to develop their practice. It would be helpful to save any non-urgent communications until the end of March. We will be answering the telephone only in the morning between 7:30 and 8:30. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


New on the web

Cittaviveka monastery at Chithurst in the UK now has a website: www.cittaviveka.org

Talks in English by Ajahn Chandapalo and other monks and nuns can be downloaded at: www.dhammatalks.org.uk

The latest issue of the Forest Sangha Newsletter, including reports from the various monasteries, is available at: www.fsnewsletter.amaravati.org.

A calendar for 2007 with photos of Ajahn Chah can be downloaded from: www.ratanagiri.org.uk/calend.htm.


In Italian

A book of teachings by Ajahn Amaro: "Small Boat, Great Mountain: Theravadan Reflections on the Great Natural Perfection" is now available for downloading in Italian translation as a PDF document (page: insegnamenti). It is a collection of talks given by Ajahn Amaro during a retreat led together with a Tibetan Dzogchen master, Ven. Tsokyni Rinpoche in the USA. The English original is available at www.abhayagiri.org.

A talk by Ajahn Sumedho "La libertÓ del cuore" has also been added.




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