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Skillful Living in a World on Fire: Grounded in the Noble Eightfold Path

Online Program
Dates: Jun 23, 2023 - Jun 28, 2023

Instructor(s): Ayya Santacitta, Ayya Santussika

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Grounded in the teachings of Early Buddhism, we find the wisdom and strength to face that which is difficult to see and accept. Some of the challenges in life are of our own making, while others arise through forces far beyond our influence. Deepening our skill in applying the Noble Eightfold Path dramatically reduces the harm we inflict on ourselves, others, and the world around us. At the same time, this Path enables us to develop the mental balance and resilience to respond compassionately and effectively to the many dramatic changes in our world today. 

In this freely-offered, dana-based retreat, we will frame our days with traditional chanting and meditation. Sessions throughout the day will include investigation of suttas from the Pali Canon, guided meditations, Q&A, small group discussions and reflections offered by the Ayyas.


Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. We encourage you to participate as fully as you are able. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Friday, June 23

7:00-8:30 pm ET Introduction

Saturday, June 24 - Tuesday, June 27

8:30-9:15 am ET Optional Morning Sit

10:00-11:30 am ET 1st Session: Sutta of the day

1:30-3:00 pm ET 2nd Session: Guided meditation

6:30-8:30 pm ET 3rd Session: Chanting

Wednesday, June 28

8:30-9:15 am ET Optional Morning Sit

10:00 am-12:00 pm ET Closing Session


Please note that sessions will be recorded and will be available within 48 hours of each session for courses and 48 hours of the final session for retreats and events. These recordings are not downloadable. Retreat recordings will be available for 2 weeks and event recordings will be available indefinitely.

Cancellation Policy:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

DEI:
As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Santacitta Bhikkhuni was born in Austria and began her monastic training in England and Asia in 1993. She co-founded Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery in 2009 and received Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2011. Ayya Santacitta is committed to Gaia as a living being and particularly interested in bringing wisdom traditions to the environmental movement.

  • Ayya Santussika is a Theravada bhikkhuni who is trained and practicing in the Thai Forest tradition. Her faith in the Dhamma developed during many visits to monasteries of Ajahn Chah and his disciples in Thailand, America, England, New Zealand, and Australia beginning in 1998. She has been training as a nun since 2005 in large and small monasteries in both England and America. In 2012, she received full ordination as a bhikkhuni and founded Karuna Buddhist Vihara, where she currently lives, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Boulder Creek, California. Her Dhamma teachings are primarily based on the Pali suttas.