we would like to send you warm regards from ārāma Karuṇā Sevena and share good news with you. This year is of great importance to us! Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi has just finished her tenth vassa and therefore she has become a bhikkhunī therī (a senior nun). Many blessings to our teacher!
Another news is, that The Trust Fund Karunā Sevena took a loan and purchased ārāma's neighboring building. Currently, we are working on the administrative details of the ownership transfer. The house will be called Viveka, which means „solitude,“ „seclusion“ or „a state of mind free from defilements.“ Starting with the new year, we should be able to offer meditators an accommodation in this new space, intended solely for their needs. Special thanks to Ms. Nora Melnikova and Buddha Mangala from Prague, for their help and support.
We would greatly appreciate if we could find any volunteers during the month of December, who would help us with the preparation of Viveka for the visitors' accommodation. If you know of anyone who would like to help with the voluntary work of getting the space ready, such as with painting, repairing, etc. Please contact us via email.
Couple weeks ago, bhikkhunī Visuddhi took part on the public talk by J.S. Dalajlāma, which took place in Prague during the 20th year of conference Forum 2000. This conference fulfills the heritage of the former Czech president Vaclav Havel, through supporting of development of civil society, strengthening of religious, cultural and ethical tolerance.
The upcoming activity of Karunā Sevena, that we would cordially like to invite you to, will be celebration of Kaṭhina on the 12. November 2016 and also the New Years meditation seclusion between 26. December - 1. January 2017. We would like to encourage you to sign up for the meditation retreat as soon as possible, since the number of meditators is limited. The nature of the meditation seclusion over the New Year’s and if it will really take place will be dependent on the fact, if we will have the option to accommodate the meditators next door on time and on the amount of help we receive from our volunteers. Members of Karunā Sevena and volunteers who are helping
bhikkhunī Visuddhi and Karunā Sevena will have a priority.
In spring 2017, a weekend meditation retreat will take place for beginners and new practitioners. New meditators will have an opportunity to stay in seclusion in ārāma only after taking part on this short meditation class with bh. Visuddhi and will agree to responsibly fulfill the Terms and conditions of stay. The next course will take part on 10.-12. March 2017. You can sign up now.
For full understanding of rules and conditions of staying in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena and about the possibilities of visiting and staying in seclusion please click on this link: Terms and conditions of stay in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena.
The rules of running ārāma and acceptance for stay are set in the same manner, how it is customary in traditional Theravada temples and in accordance with rules of monastic discipline (vinaya) for bhikkhunī. They were carefully worked-out for you by bhikkhunī Visuddhi based on dhamma-vinaya.
We wish you a beautiful day and we are looking forward to hearing from you.