Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Unsere Sakyadhita Schwester Santacitta Bhikkhuni

Unsere Sakyadhita Schwester Santacitta Bhikkhuni begleitet im Juni ein Retreat, eine Info, die ich hier gerne weiterleite.
Touching Our Roots

Led by Ayya Santacitta Bhikkhuni
Friday17th - Tuesday 21 June*

'Let the beauty we love be what we do; there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground' (Rumi).

Investigating our human condition leads us to see our intrinsic interconnectedness with nature and all that lives. The present environmental crisis of our world is not just a problem to be solved, but a living process we are all part of. Learning to listen to this process brings us back in touch with the natural wisdom that so often gets clouded by the fears and desires in our minds.

Through practicing in nature, we can allow ourselves to slow down, touch the earth and settle and deepen beneath the trees and sky. with support of the Buddha's teaching we experience more deeply the profound effect nature has on us, as well as the effect we have on nature. We can taste a space of wisdom within and perhaps allow it to let us grow - like the trees - in stillness, aliveness and connection.

Ayya Santacitta will offer Dhamma teachings and guided meditations on the theme of interdependence, as well as silent meditations and practice discussions. There will also be contemplative nature walks (yatra) with Noon and Sumedha. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence.

The Aloka Vihara sisters are a community of bhikkhunis (fully ordained nuns) dedicated to practicing the Buddha's teaching in the style of the Theravada Forest Tradition. Their practice emphasizes simplicity, renunciation, service and an orientation towards learning from the natural world – all held within the context of the Buddha’s teaching. The sisters are committed to embracing and integrating the realities and challenges of contemporary society into their practice.

Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria and has a multifaceted background in hotel management, cultural anthroplogy and avant-garde dance theatre. She has practiced meditation for over 25 years and trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. She is co-founder of Aloka Vihara Monastery in California, and particularly interested in bringing faith traditions to the climate movement as well as inspiring people to embody the Buddha's teachings through their lives.

*As this is a weekend retreat, if you want to, or are coming from further afield, there is the option of staying a few extra days - please contact us for details..
Weitere Infos: ekuthuleni.retreat@gmail.com

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