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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 and Ayya Santussika

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Program Description:

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, pay what you can program, 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.

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    About the Instructor(s):
  • Santacitta Bhikkhuni was born in Austria and began her monastic training in England and Asia in 1993, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Since 2002, she has also received teachings in the lineage of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Santacitta Bhikkhuni co-founded Aloka Vihara in 2009 and received Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2011. She is committed to Gaia as a living being and resides at Aloka Earth Room, currently located in San Rafael, CA.

  • 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.