Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pictures from the Meditation Course for Beginners and Newcomers

Dear Friends,

during the second weekend in March, a meditation course for beginners and newcomers took place in the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena. An atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. New meditators were slowly adjusting to the rules of the monastery, received a meditation instruction for sitting and walking meditation from venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī and asked a lot of questions during individual interviews and an interesting evening Dhamma talk. The practitioners also helped to prepare ārāma's garden and pond for the spring, which we really appreciate. Special thanks belongs to Klarka Adamova, who organized beautifully the entire course and was the right hand of venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi.

Here is the photo gallery from the weekend.

Have a beautiful day!
President of Karuna Sevena
Ivona Mollberg







Monday, February 27, 2017

Bhikkhunī's visit of Bhikkhu Sīlavansa in Austria


Bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī and Libor Šulák, the head of Prague Center Lotus, visited Theravāda Buddhist Center in Vienna on the weekend of 24.-26.February 2017. Respected senior Sri Lankan monk, Venerable Bhikkhu Sīlavansa, who is the main teacher residing in the center, welcomed both of them.

Bhikkhunī was greeted by three Sri Lankan practitioners and offered tea, right after entering this beautiful space. The center is very unexpectedly located in the middle of a busy street in Vienna. Yet, the beautiful palace-like space is serene and one could breath in a calming atmosphere of the presence of the Dhamma. Bhikkhunī and Libor were here on an important mission: to discuss details of  a collective invitation of venerable Bhante Pemasiri, who may be visiting Austria, Czech Republic (ārāma Karuṇā Sevena) and Slovakia in June. Bhikkhu Sīlavansa knows Bhante Pemasiri very well and is also one of his students. Everything looks very good, so far! We will inform you once we know more details.




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

VESĀKHA 2560 CELEBRATION

We would like to cordially invite you for a celebration of the most important Buddhist event of the year - VESĀKHA.

This day Vesākha reminds us about the Birth, Awakening and Enlightenment of Siddhattha Gotama - the Buddha. We have a possibility to listen to the Dhamma, meet the monastic Sagha and share with friends from Karuṇā Sevena.

Place: ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, Slezská 3, Prostejov, CZ, E.U.
Time of celebration: on Saturday 13th of May 2017, from 9AM


It is ancient tradition to donate a gifts to monks and nuns on Vesākha. This act of your generosity (dāna) brings better life conditions for the monastic Sagha, helps to your own feelings of joy and leads to your better kamma.

Programme of the day:


9:00 Preparation of the celebration
11:00 Buddha Pūja and receiving of Three refuge
11:30 Dāna
13:00 Chanting
14:00 Dhammadesanā (Dhammatalk)
15:00 Discussion about Dhamma
16:00 Tea Time
17:00 Cleaning
19:00 Meditation and individual practise

Those of you, who would like to help with preparation of celebration, please, come on Friday 12th of May.  The celebration will be prepared of the our gifts and vegetarian food, cooked here. Please, let us know if you are planning on coming so that we can better organize and arrange the event. 
VIEW pictures from last year's celebration. 

We are looking forward to meeting you in the Dhamma!

Karuna Sevena



"'Right view, right view' it is said.To what extent is a disciple of the noble ones a person of right view, one whose view is made straight, who is endowed with verified confidence in the Dhamma, and who has arrived at this true Dhamma?

When a disciple of the noble ones discerns what is unskillful, discerns the root of what is unskillful, discerns what is skillful, and discerns the root of what is skillful, it is to that extent that he is a person of right view, one whose view is made straight, who is endowed with verified confidence in the Dhamma, and who has arrived at this true Dhamma.

When a disciple of the noble ones discerns what is unskillful in this way, discerns the root of what is unskillful in this way, discerns what is skillful in this way, and discerns the root of what is skillful in this way, when — having entirely abandoned passion-obsession, having abolished aversion-obsession, having uprooted the view-&-conceit obsession 'I am'; having abandoned ignorance & given rise to clear knowing — he has put an end to suffering & stress right in the here-&-now, it is to this extent that a disciple of the noble ones is a person of right view, one whose view is made straight, who is endowed with verified confidence in the Dhamma, and who has arrived at this true Dhamma." MN









Saturday, February 4, 2017

Noble friend - kalyāṇa-mitta

"Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life. When a monk has admirable people as friends, companions, & comrades, he can be expected to develop & pursue the noble eightfold path." SN 45.2


Thursday, February 2, 2017

WEEKEND MEDITATION PRACTISE AND SATURDAY DHAMMATALKS IN FEBRUARY and MARCH


Dear friends, we would like to cordially invite you to participate in a bi-weekly weekend meditation practice and Saturday´s evening Dhammadesanā (Dhammatalks) of Theravada Buddhist nun Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī.

Since the New Year, ārāma Karuṇā Sevena in has opened a cycle of Dhamma talks connected with a whole day or weekend meditation practice. The talks will be focused on specific topics, oriented toward meditation practice and an explanation of suttas and basic Buddhist terminology.

We invite all interested participants, beginners as well as advanced practitioners. You can come anytime on Saturday 4th and 18th of February and on 11th of March 2017 from 10 AM in the morning. You may stay here according to your availability for the time of the Dhammadesanā at 6 PM or you may remain for the meditation practice until the Sunday evening (5 PM). Please inform us in advance by email karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com.

Address: ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, Slezska 3, Prostejov, Czech Republic
The closest airport is located in Brno (1 hour drive). Other options are Vienna or Prague (2.5 hour drive).

Monastic life is in the same way as in time of the Buddha dependent on gifts from lay people. By your voluntary contribution, you will support the nunhood of Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī and the running of the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena.

Please, follow the news on the web http://karunasevena.blogspot.com/ and read the Rules for staying in the monastery. 

Request more information via email: karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com

We look forward to meeting you in the Dhamma. May The Triple Gem bless you. 

Warm regards and mettā

President of Karuṇā Sevena
Ing. Ivona Mollberg, MBA


Thursday, January 26, 2017


SPRING MEDITATION WEEKEND FOR BEGINNERS AND NEWCOMERS

(10th-12th of March 2017)

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

Beginning: on Friday 10th of March, at 6PM, estimated end on Sunday 12th of March at 5PM

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 Friday, ideally before 6PM. 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.

The Program starts with DHAMMATALK on Friday 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






Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Painting, cleaning and furnishing Viveka

We are very excited to announce that painting, cleaning and furnishing Viveka (visitors and lay practitioners' dwelling - located next to ārāma Karuṇā Sevena) is in progress. Karuṇā Sevena has organized two work weekends in January and multiple volunteers offered help. Following pictures show the result of their hard work. Thanks to all of you who are donating your time, help or financial support. It is greatly appreciated. You can find more pictures and enjoy the cheerful atmosphere here January 2017 in ārāma,

Painting the rooms. 

Spacious kitchen is now nice and clean.

We have just added new beds to meditators' rooms. 

Freshly painted rooms for visitors and meditators.






Currently we are in need of the following equipment.


Viveka


door for the  iron frames                                                                                                       $ 200
door including door frames and the assembly                                                                  $ 305
wall hangers for the hall / Pine                                                                                             $ 155
bed with no mattress / Pine                                                                                                  $ 295
single bed     90 cm x 200 cm          4x $ 168                                                                      $ 670
bunk bed      90 cm x 200 cm           2x $ 320                                                                     $ 640
kitchen dining table made of solid wood  120 cm x 80 cm                                              $ 155
bed mattress foam (better quality)  10 cm x 110 cm                                                      $ 1,100
mattress (regular quality)  10 cm x 60 cm                                                                         $ 600
closet in the bathroom above the boiler                                                                             $ 320
painting  and fixing of wallcovering of the house                                                             $ 850
windows incl. assembly and incorporation                                                                    $ 2,800
furniture                                                                                                                   will be updated
workshop tools                                                                                                        will be updated
painting of the rooms                                                                                            will be updated
plumbing and masonry work                                                                               will be updated


Ārāma Karuṇā Sevena


door of the venerable‘s room and bathroom          2x $ 345                                            $ 690
wooden ceiling in the hallway                                                                                               $ 850
wooden front door / Oak                                                                                                     $ 1,300
making a hole and alignment of the door to the garage (indicative)                             $ 525
bulletin board in the hallway                                                                                                   $ 85
hangers boards in rooms              2x $150                                                                           $ 300
door breaks                                                                                                                                  $ 35
closet in the bathroom above the boiler                                                                              $ 340
desk and drawers for the office                                                                                             $ 400
printer and PC                                                                                                                          $ 780
stupas for the roof                                                                                                                    $ 780
conductors and gutters for ventilation                                                                                $ 680


You can make donations to the following transparent account: 6855804001 / 5500

If you wish to support the monastic way of life of Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi and the running of Ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, please, state the reason for payment into the commentary line: arama Karuna Sevena.

If you want to support the project Viveka or other projects of Karuna Sevena, please, state the reason for payment into the commentary line: projects of Karuna Sevena.

You can find more information on www.karuna-sevena.cz

Your support and participation in the project is very beneficial. Thank you.