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








 






Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spring and summer in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena

Dear friends,

we hope that you are having a wonderful summer. Please allow us to update you with some exciting news from Karuna Sevena. 

As soon as Viveka was opened this spring, we were presented with an opportunity to welcome several monastic visitors here: the venerable bhikkhu Sarana in May and a group of bhikkhus: ven. bhikkhu Vinīta, ven. bhikkhu Punneji and our dear and beloved teacher ven. Bhante Pemasiri Thera from Sri Lanka.

During the one week stay in the ārāma at the beginning of June this year, Bhante Pemasiri Thera offered on request individual meditation instructions to the lay practitioners and also a small number of public talks. His presence and Dhamma talks have been a great inspiration to us. We would like to thank bhante Vinīta and bhikkhunī Visuddhi for their translation and assistance with the Dhamma discussions and also to all lay practitioners who were taking care of the venerables and supported their monastic life. We are very grateful to Bhikkhu Sīlavansa for his help prior and during Bhante Pemasiri's visit. Special thanks goes to Ms. Michaela Spohrova and Mr. Jirka Vrana.

You can find here pictures of the monks‘ stay in the ārāma and here subsequent visit of venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi in Slovakia and then Vienna in the Dhamma centre of Bhante Sīlavansa. More photos from our activities you can find in the Photo gallery section on the Karuna Sevena webpage.

Vassa in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena

Venerable Visuddhi will live in a seclusion during the vassa period, that is from mid-July to mid-October, and during this period she will not be answering your e-mails or questions and comments. The same goes for me, I will withdraw from e-mail communication and will answer only once a week or two. Thank you for your understanding.

We would like to offer those, who already stayed in the ārāma, to come during the vassa period for a meditation seclusion and your own practice – mind that you need follow the rules and the Daily Schedule as during a regular stay. The only difference is that venerable Visuddhi will not guide your meditation or give you instructions. Make the most of this opportunity during the holidays. You have a unique opportunity to practice and, please, do not forget to take care of our bhikkhunī :-)

The last chance to stay for meditation seclusion and hear the Dhamma from venerable Visuddhi before the vassa begins, would be during the coming weekend of 8 – 9thJuly. You can come to the ārāma, meditate and listen to the Dhamma from venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī. Dhamma discussion would be topical and aimed at meditation practice supported by sutta interpretation and by explanation of some of the basic Buddhist terms. We cordially invite all those interested, no matter how experienced, be it a beginner or an advanced practitioner. You can come anytime on Saturday 8th July after 10 o'clock and stay for as long as you like only to hear the Dhamma talk (always at the fixed time 6 pm) or you can stay for a meditation practice till Sunday evening ca. 6 pm. Please, let us know by email in advance: when you will be coming and for how long you will be staying. Please, follow the latest news on http://karunasevena.blogspot.com/ or in facebook and read the Terms of stay in the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena.

On behalf of Karuna Sevena I wish you a nice holiday and a relaxed summer.

Mettā
President of Karuṇā Sevena

Ivona Swan, MBA

ārāma Karuṇā Sevena in Prostějov, Czech Republic

Dhamma zentrum Nyanaponika in Vienna, Austria



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Vesākha celebration 2560

Dear friends,

We invite you to take a look at a photo gallery from this year's Vesākha celebration and Viveka opening in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena. 


You can find more pictures and enjoy the cheerful atmosphere here: 

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Validity of bhikkhunī Ordination by bhikkhus Only, According to the Pāli Vinaya

Dear friends,
here is a article by ven. bhikkhu Anālayo. In this paper bhikkhu Anālayo argues that bhikkhunī ordination carried out by bhikkhus only, “single ordination”, is according to the Pāli Vinaya a legally valid procedure in a situation in which, due to the non-existence of a community of bhikkhunīs, the standard procedure of granting “dual ordination” by both communities is not possible.
Alongside the article, the venerable wrote an open, covering letter in response to the position on the alleged illegality of bhikkhunī ordination held by Ajahn Ṭhānissaro.