Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Autumn Meditation Weekend for Beginners and Newcomers

9TH-12TH OF NOVEMBER 2017

We would like to kindly invite you for the autumn meditation weekend for beginners and newcomers, led by the Czech Buddhist nun Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi.

Beginning: on Thursday 9th of November, at 7PM, estimated end on Sunday 12th of November at 4PM

Place: ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, 1st Woman Buddhist ārāma in Czech Republic, Slezská 3,


796 01, Prostejov, Czech Republic, E.U.

INSTRUCTION FOR NEWCOMERS:

Arrival is on Thursday, ideally before 5PM. An accommodation is now possible for women and men in the neighboring house for practitioners (Viveka). Please, bring a sleeping bag, a bed sheet, a towel, slippers and items for personal hygiene. Take with you also enough warm clotse.

The Program starts with DHAMMATALK on Thursday at 7PM and by acceptance of the Eight Ethical Precepts. Noble Silence will be kept the entire weekend. The meditation instructions for satipaṭṭhāna a mettā practises will be given throughout the weekend. Advanced meditators are welcome to attend also, if depending on availability. Beginners and newcomers will be given a priority.

The Buddha´s Teaching is being passed as a gift (dhammadāna). Monastic life is, in the same way as in the time of Buddha, dependent on donations and a support of lay people. By your voluntary contribution, you will support the nunhood of Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi and the running of the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena in the Czech Republic.

Please, read and sign Terms and conditions of stay and Daily Programme and Schedule in ārāma Karunā Sevena. Only those meditators, who have attended at least one weekend class under guidance of Bhikkhunī Visuddhi, can later practice in seclusion in the ārāma. Please, follow the news on the web http://karunasevena.blogspot.com/

You can also ask for more information and book your place via email: karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com. You will receive more instructions.

We are looking forward to see you in the Dhamma.

Karuṇā Sevena


Kaṭhina Celebration

WE APOLOGIZE, KATHINA CELEBRATION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO SICKNESS OF BHIKKHUNI VISUDDHI. IF YOU ALREADY PLANNED TO COME, FEEL FREE TO COME ON SATURDAY AND MEDITATE IN THE ARAMA.

Dear friends, we would cordially like to invite you to the annual celebration of this important holiday. It will be held on

SATURDAY 4. 11. 2017 IN ĀRĀMA KARUṆĀ SEVENA

KAṬHINA is the second most important Buddhist festival in the Theravāda tradition (the central celebration is Vesākha). Kaṭhina takes place every year, in the four weeks following the end of vassa (rainy season). Kaṭhina carries an ancient Buddhist tradition, when lay followers donate (dāna) a robe and four properties to monks and nuns. Your act of generosity will not only contribute to a better life for monastic (saṅgha), but especially help to improve your own kamma. Please kindly take advantage of this rare opportunity. If you want to donate a particular item, contact us in advance and we will assist you.

An offered lunch will be prepared from donated vegetarian dishes that you cook in the ārāma or bring with you. For those who would like to participate on the preparation and cooking, please kindly contact us in advance on our email
karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com. We can thus better agree on what is needed.

If possible, come at least one day in advance.

PROGRAM

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9:00 Preparation of dāna
11:00 Buddha pūja and taking refuge to triple Gem
11:30 Dāna - the gift of the monastic saṅgha and lunch
13:00 Parittā recitation and sharing merit anumodanā
14:00 Dhammadesanā - Dhamma talk
15:00 Mettā meditation
16:00 Tea and snacks
17:00 End of a common cleaning ārāma


Monday, October 9, 2017

The Power of the Present Moment

Dear friends,

We would like to cordially invite you to a public Dhamma talk of Ven. Dr. Wijayarajapura Sīlavaṇsa mahāthera.

Venerable Bhante Sīlavaṇsa is a respected Sri Lankan monk, a disciple of Loku Hamuduruwo - bhante Pemasiri mahāthera. Bhante Sīlavaṇsa has been living in Austria for 35 years; he received his Doctor Degree of philosophy in 1992 at the University of Vienna and founded the Dhammazentrum Nyanaponika http://www.dhammazentrum.at/lehrer/.

Bhante teaches Dhamma in multiple European countries, and also he regularly travels back to Sri Lanka where he is devoted to charitable work. Venerable Sīlavaṇsa accepted an invitation of Karuna Sevena and he will commence the Kaṭhina celebration with an evening Dhamma talk. It starts at 6pm on 3th November 2017.

We are looking forward to see you.

Karuna Sevena

Fotka uživatele Karuṇā Sevena.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

New Year’s 10 Day Meditation Seclusion/ Retreat in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena

WE CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO A WINTER 10-DAYS MEDITATION RETREAT led by the Buddhist nun Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi.


It begins on Friday, 29th December at 6pm, estimated end date is on Sunday, 7th January at 2pm. Time of arrival should be on Friday by 6pm.

PLACE: ĀRĀMA KARUṆĀ SEVENA, 

THE FIRST FEMALE BUDDHIST MONASTIC DWELLING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC, 

SLEZSKÁ 3, 796 01, PROSTĚJOV, 

CZECH REPUBLIC


(2 hours drive from Vienna Airport, 2 hours drive from Prague Airport, 1 hour from Brno)

Newly, we can accommodate men as well, in the adjacent house for lay practitioners that is called Viveka. Please, bring your sleeping bag, bed sheets, a towel, slippers, warm clothes and personal toiletries with you.

The programme starts on Friday at 7pm with a dhamma talk and taking 8 precepts. The noble silence is observed the whole time. You will be given instructions on satipaṭṭhāna and mettā meditation in the course of the retreat.

The Teaching is passed on in the form of a noble gift (dhammadāna). Monastics are dependent on the lay community, as they were in Buddha’s time. You can support the monastic life of Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi and the existence of ārāma Karuṇā Sevena with a voluntary donation.

Your stay is possible on one condition: please read the Terms of stay and Daily Schedule and give a written consent to abide by those documents.

Make sure you reserve you place in time on the following email: karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com. The number of places is limited!

We look forward to seeing you!

Karuṇā Sevena




Sunday, September 24, 2017

The programme of venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi for the next six months, news about ārāma Karuṇā Sevena.

Dear friends,

The summer holiday is over and plans for the new school year are ahead of us, together with its duties and worries of everyday life. Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi is in meditation seclusion during the vassa (3 month meditation period for monastics) till the end of October, and she sends warm greetings to all of you. Please, write your questions or comments as soon as the vassa ends.

The programme of venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi for the next six months, news about ārāma Karuṇā Sevena.

This year during the vassa, the ārāma (monastic dwelling) was opened to lay practitioners too, and some of you already made use of this opportunity and came here to practice with venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi. We are happy that you take care of venerable and provide her with dāna (gifts/offerings and food) and thus make her life in the Czech Republic in heart of Europe possible. As we already informed you in the summer on the matter, the support is scarce and the situation is getting serious and we are afraid that if this does not change soon enough, venerable would not be able to abide and practice here. And we really would not want this to happen. If you cannot come to ārāma in person and you would like to provide dāna for a few days, two weeks or even one month, please send your donation (whatever amount you see a fit) to this bank account: 6855804001/5500. Contact us via this email: karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com

We are currently preparing a new website which should be clearer, but also easier to browse on your mobiles and tablets. Our venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi now has less (construction and building) work in ārāma so we can look forward to more translations and to more Dhamma lessons. During the last visit of bhante Vinīta, they both agreed to continue with the's translation of Majjima Nikaya to Czech. There is also a ready-made book by Bhante Pemasiri's Walking the Tightrope and Daily Chanting. If you would like to support the release of these books and their printing, please send us the note "Book Printing" to our account: 6855804001/5500


Here is the program of bhikkhunī Visuddhi and her activities in ārāma by the end of 2017:


OCTOBER:

7.10. - Dhamma talks for the public - The talks will take place every second Saturday from 6pm on specific topics that arise from meditation practice and from everyday life. There is possibility to come and meditate for the whole weekend.

13.- 15.10 - Mettā Weekend at the Lotus Center - Just like every year this spring and autumn, bhikkhunī Visuddhi is going to teach mettā meditation in Prague for both beginners and advanced students. The course starts on Friday at 7pm and ends on Sunday at 2pm.


NOVEMBER

3.11 - a public Dhamma talk by bhante Sīlavaṇsa - the bhante Sīlavaṇsa is a respected Sri Lanka monk, disciple of the bhante Pemasiri thera, who has lived in Vienna for 35 years, and founded a center for the study and practice of Dhamma. Venerable Sīlavaṇsa promised us an evening lecture before the Kaṭhina celebration. It starts at 6pm.

3. -5.11 - Kaṭhina Celebration – The Kaṭhina is the second most important Buddhist feastival in theravāda tradition right after Vesākha. It takes place every four weeks after the end of the vassa (rainy season).

9. - 12.11. Autumn meditation extended weekend for beginners and newcomers, with the instruction of meditation satipaṭṭhāna and mettā. For the subsequent long-term stay in ārāma it is necessary to attend this course, which takes place annually in the spring and autumn. The start will be Thursday at 7pm.

15.11. - 15.12. Bhikkhunī Visuddhi visit Sri Lanka - after a nearly three-year break, the venerable bhikkhunī visit again Sri Lanka and her monastic Saṅgha. Most of the time she will stays in the center of bhante Pemasiri.


DECEMBER 2017 - JANUARY 2018

29.12. - 7.1. 10-day New Year meditation retreat - for all who would like to spend the beginning of the New Year by meditating and in seclusion, it is possible to come to our ārāma and meditate under bhikkhunī Visuddhi guidance. The course is not only for beginners but also for advanced students. Is possible to attend the course also for shorter time.

For those who are interested in individual courses, please log into our email address: karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com


We wish you a successful start in the school year, and we are looking forward to see you in our activities.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We are searching for regular donors to support ārāma Karuṇā Sevena

Dear friends,

I address you on behalf of Trust Society Karuna Sevena, whose main objective is to support the access to the Dhamma teaching to practitioners in the Central Europe and to provide assistance for the life and practice of Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi in the Czech Republic.

Ārāma (monastic dwelling) Karuṇā Sevena and a adjacent house for lay practiseners Viveka have been splendidly restored and renovated and an uneasy task set by the Trust Society Karuna Sevena was carried out with success. We believe that we took this challenging project on very well, and together with volunteers, we have made ārāma thrive. We have adjusted it to suit the needs of practitioners interested in a serious meditation practice and created a quiet meditation space that is very hard to find in the present world. Nonetheless, without you and your support, the life of the ārāma and venerable Visuddhi’s stay in the Czech Republic may soon cease, unfortunately. The future existence of the ārāma is reliant on whether we are able to gather sufficient financial support regularly to keep it going, or not. Currently only a small number of groups or individuals make a regular or one-off contribution, that way venerable Visuddhi is able to reside in the Czech Republic.

The minimum amount that we need to secure monthly on energies and water in both ārāma and Viveka, mortgage for Viveka, venerable’s health insurance, medical and travel expenses, and daily living is 2,000 EUR. Unfortunately, at the moment, the support is less than half of the proposed amount. If you are interested in supporting our cause, please, kindly consider your options and make a regular or one-time donation to support the life of venerable Visuddhi in the Czech republic. Let’s allow a person whose vocation is to help others, cultivate loving-kindness and practice Dhamma, stay with us. If venerable Visuddhi is of great importance to you as it is to us – the committee, members and volunteers of Trust Society Karuna Sevena – please support us.

Any contribution counts 
We greatly appreciate your generosity and understanding of the consequences that your contribution will make. Send your regular monthly donation of 5 EUR, 10 EUR, 25 EUR, 50 EUR, 100 EUR or more - to the following bank account to support projects and activities of Karuna Sevena (state „For Trust Society Karuna Sevena“ in the payment note):
Bank Account number: 6855679001/5500, IBAN: CZ495500000000685567900, 
SWIFT: RZBCCZPP6855804001/5500.

If you want to be mentioned as a donor on our web page and in the thank-you letter we send annually, please state your name when sending your donation. There is also a possibility for you to share your personal experience and what it means to you that a bhikkhunī resides in the Czech Republic, the way she might inspire you leading a holy life, her kind and compassionate heart and development of loving-kindness. Send your email to: karuna.sevena@gmail.com. Written contributions will be published in the upcoming article on our webpage. If you would like to invite venerable Visuddhi to a public Dhamma talk once the vassa (reain retreat period) ends at the end of October (for example to elementary, high school or university students, or those interested in Buddha‘s teaching), please write your request to karuna.sevena@gmail.com

We will keep you updated on the venerable Visuddhi’s programme on our website Karuṇā Sevena.
You can read here about the Bases of Meritorious Action and a Dakkhiṇāvibhanga Sutta on generosity, where Buddha talks about how the good deeds bring out good outcomes in the present life or in the lives to come. For those of us who do not meditate so much this could be a step in the right direction towards doing good in life and cultivating generosity.

Thank you for your support and sharing.


Ivona, The Trust Society Karuna Sevena