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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.

 

27th MAY:  VESAK Celebration

Sunday, 10:30 am–3:30 pm. Celebration of the Birth, Awakening and Parinibbana of the Buddha. All are warmly welcome, possibly bringing some food to share for the 11 am lunch.

 

3rd JUNE:  UPASAMPADA - Bhikkhu acceptance ceremony

Sunday, at 1:30 pm. Upasampada ceremony of Samanera Jayaviro, entry into the sangha as a bhikkhu, or fully ordained monk. All are warmly welcome, also for lunch at 11:00, possibly bringing a contribution.

 

8th–12th JUNE:  Residential retreat at Morlupo (ROME)

With Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian, organized by the A.Me.Co. Bookings are accepted from 2nd May. See www.associazioneameco.it for information and booking.

 

17th JUNE:  Day of practice dedicated to the memory of AJAHN CHAH

Sunday, 10 am ─ 4 pm. We will celebrate together Ajahn Chah's birthday, 100 years after his birth, with periods of meditation, readings and talks in Italian and Thai. All are warmly welcome, possibly bringing some food to share for the 11 am lunch.

 

24th JUNE:  Meditation class for beginners

Sunday, 3:30 ─ 5:00 pm. In Italian. Please arrive on time!

 

29th JUNE – 1st JULY:  Residential retreat at San Felice del Benaco (BRESCIA)

With Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian, at the convent "Il Carmine": www.carminesanfelice.it. For information and booking: [email protected]

 

15th JULY:  Novice precept ceremony

Sunday at 1:30 pm, Anagarika Luca to request the samanera (novice) training. All are warmly welcome, also for lunch at 11:00, possibly bringing a contribution.

 

21st JULY:  Beginner's meditation class

Saturday, 3:30–5:00 pm. In Italian. Please arrive in time!

 

22nd JULY:  Study and practice day

Sunday, 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 on a chosen theme. Please bring a contribution for lunch, which is at 11 am.

 

29th JULY:  ASALHA celebration

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.

 

5th AUGUST:  Memorial service for Mario Bracchetti

Sunday, a ceremony in memory of Mario Bracchetti, a long-standing lay Buddhist and devoted supporter of the Sangha, who died on the 8th March at the age of 102. Whoever wishes to may bring something to share for the 11 a.m. meal offering, which will be dedicated in his memory. At the same time we will remember several other eminent lay supporters no longer with us, such as Vincenzo Piga, Khun Natchari, Vittoria Girardi, Ida and Dilva Nicolini.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. with the reaffermation of the Refuges and Precepts, followed by Paritta chanting, meditation and an opportunity to share anecdotes and reflections on Mario's life. Finally a tree will be planted in his memory and the ashes dispersed.

 

18th AUGUST:  Beginner's meditation class

Saturday, 3:30–5:00 pm. In Italian. Please arrive in time!

 

19th AUGUST:  Study and practice day

Sunday, 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 on a chosen theme. Please bring a contribution for lunch, which is at 11 am.

 

1st–5th SEPTEMBER:  Retreat at Barberino Val d'Elsa (FLORENCE)

With Ajahn Mahapanyo, in Italian, at the centre "Chiara di Prumiano": www.prumiano.it. For information and booking: [email protected] o tel: 335.717.4864.

 

8th SEPTEMBER:  Beginner's meditation class

Saturday, 3:30–5:00 pm. In Italian. Please arrive in time!

 

14th–19th SEPTEMBER:  Retreat near Ponte dell'Olio (PIACENZA)

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

 

17th SEPT – 11th OCT:  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. 

 

13th OCTOBER:  Beginner's meditation class

Saturday, 3:30–5:00 pm. In Italian. Please arrive in time!

 

20th OCTOBER:  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 on a chosen theme. Please bring a contribution for lunch, which is at 11 am.

 

28th OCTOBER:  KATHINA – Offering ceremony

Sunday, 10:30 am ─ 3:30 pm. 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 resident community.

 

 

 


 

RETREATS PLANNED FOR 2018 (Italian language)

 

11th–13th MAY Aosta

With Ajahn Chandapalo, at the alpine centre "Frassati", 20 Km from Aosta: www.casealpine.it/frassati/. For information and booking (by 15th April): [email protected]

 

8th–12th JUNE:  Morlupo (Rome)

With Ajahn Chandapalo, organized by the A.Me.Co. See www.associazioneameco.it for information and booking.

 

29th JUNE – 1st JULY:  San Felice del Benaco (Brescia)

With Ajahn Chandapalo, at the convent "Il Carmine": www.carminesanfelice.it.

 

1st–5th SEPTEMBER:  Barberino Val d'Elsa (Florence)

With Ajahn Mahapanyo at the centre "Chiara di Prumiano": www.prumiano.it.


14th–19th SEPTEMBER:  Ponte dell'Olio (Piacenza)

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

 

2nd–4th NOVEMBER:  Solanas (Cagliari)

With Ajahn Chandapalo. To be confirmed.

 

 

 

 

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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