More events at Tilorien Monastery iSangha

Well, the original recording of this retreat is audio only. As Samita’s website doesn’t have a huge storage capacity, it is not possible to upload many retreat talks there, which is why these talks have been uploaded to YouTube. In order to do so, it has to be a video, so a picture has been added. It’s not really a video, it’s just an audio recording with an additional picture.

Maybe at some point @musiko finds the time to make nice audio files? In that case I could put you in touch with Samita’s sound technician (who is not a user on D&D) for the original sound files.


Already have them prepared :wink:, but didn’t manage to upload them yet.

Coming soon™



Your efforts are really appreciated! I converted Bhante’s NY talks to MP3 myself. Not hard with online tools, but it’s so nice to have them easily accessible as MP3…
Now, I must go for a walk and listen to the next talk while it is still sunny here… :low_brightness:


The video of today’s iSangha talk by Tsunma Tenzin Dasel has been uploaded to YouTube—THANK YOU, @Aminah!


Venerable Akāliko speaks at iSangha on 16th May – The Joy of Giving

You are very warmly invited to join Venerable Akaliko at the Tilorien iSangha ( iSangha – Tilorien Monastery ) for a Dhamma Talk, meditation and discussion on Saturday 16 May from 9.30-11am CEST ( see here for other time zones ).

During the Covid-19 pandemic we saw panic buying and stockpiling, but also beautiful acts of sharing and kindness. The Buddha frequently praised generosity, saying it was a beautiful ornament for our mind. Through the act of giving, we abandon selfish, miserly states of mind, allowing joy and happiness to arise instead.

Join Venerable Akāliko for reflections and a guided meditation on generosity and discover how giving deepens your spiritual practice, bringing benefits to others and yourself.

Akāliko Bhikkhu is an Australian monk in the Theravada forest tradition. Bhante Akāliko first encountered Buddhism as a teenager and spent over twenty years practising in different traditions both in Australia and overseas, before taking full ordination at Bodhinyana Monastery with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor. He is the founder of Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community and a Buddhist chaplain at Western Sydney University.

He currently resides with his long-term teacher, Bhante Sujato, at Lokanta Vihara (the Monastery at the End of the World) in Sydney, Australia.


Abiding Beyond Limits – The Brahma Viharas. An Insight Dialogue online course 18th May – 8th June

Ayya Anopama & Juliane Dienemann will offer an online Insight Dialogue course to explore the Brahma Viharas on four consecutive Mondays, 18th & 25th May, 1st & 8th June, from 19.15-21.15 (CEST) as part of Tilorien Monastery’s iSangha progamme.

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The sudden appearance of a global pandemic confronts us most immediately with the fragility of life and the truth of suffering. More than ever do we sense our relatedness: in life, in sickness and in death. And yet, in the struggle to find some stability, our more unhelpful tendencies seem to be reinforced: to separate, alienate, to accumulate and to attempt controlling what cannot be controlled.

The Brahma Viharas , also called ‘Sublime Abidings’ or ‘Immeasurables’, offer a way out of this spiral. As undetachable qualities of the heart, they can offer us an unlimited resource and refuge when we face distress: never distant, always available. By exploring and cultivating them, we can discover our intimate connection with others and the world as a whole – beyond physical distancing, beyond borders. This realization can provide us with the strength and courage to face the world’s challenges with wisdom and compassion. As expressions of a liberated mind the Brahma Viharas have the potential to become a gateway for liberating insight and for the mind’s deliverance itself.

Together we will cultivate, investigate and dwell in these ‘Immeasurable Abidings’ of Benevolence, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity in silence and speech. The powerful practice of Insight Dialogue will support us in engaging inquiry with kindness and wisdom, bringing the meditative qualities of mindfulness and stillness into our relationships.

Ayya Anopama has extensive meditation experience with a number of well-known teachers and been sharing the Dhamma in various settings internationally. To find out more, go to: Ayya Anopama – Samita ASBL

Juliane Dienemann has been practicing in the Insight Meditation tradition since 2014 and spends several weeks a year on retreat. She has a keen interest in a relational understanding of the Dhamma. One of her passions is exploring how the Buddhist wisdom teachings can foster appropriate responses to the socio-ecological challenges of our time. Juliane worked as a secondary school teacher and studied Literature and Philology, Sustainable Development, International Management and Organizational Psychology. Since 2016 she has been leading groups on interpersonal mindfulness and generative dialogue. Currently, she is training as Insight Dialogue facilitator.

Prerequisites: prior Insight Dialogue and meditation experience.

Limited Space: Due to the nature of online practice there are a limited number of spaces available. Out of respect to all who wish to participate, we ask that, before registering, you are committed to attending all sessions for the duration of the course. Naturally, we will be flexible with extenuating circumstances that arise during this time. People will be accepted on a first come first serve basis and their ability to commit to attending all sessions.

Registration: send a message to Tilorien stating ‘Insight Dialogue: Brahma Viharas’ in the subject line. Details and access to the designated zoom room will be sent prior to the start of the course.

This course is offered out of gratitude and generosity. If you feel moved to engage in this circle of generosity and would like to offer dana to support the facilitators and the teachings at Tilorien Monastery, you can do so following this link and stating ‘Insight Dialogue’:

For more information about Tilorien Monastery and the iSangha, see: and

For more information about Insight Dialogue, see:


Ayya Anandabodhi speaks at iSangha on 22 May: Words of Awakening – Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns

You are very warmly invited to join Ayya Anandabodhi, Tilorien Monastery’s spiritual advisor, on Friday 22 May at 7pm CEST (local times) at Tilorien’s iSangha (iSangha – Tilorien Monastery) where she will share poems from The First Free Women – Poems of the Early Buddhist nuns , opening up the teachings that are woven into these timeless verses.

The poems are based on the Therigata (verses of the Senior Nuns), verses uttered by some of the very first, fully awakened Buddhist nuns living in the times of the Buddha. The Therigata is the world’s oldest collection of women’s literature, forming the basis for ‘ The First Free women – Poems of the Early Buddhist Nuns’ which offers a radical and contemporary adaptation of these verses while remaining true to the essence of each poem and highlighting the struggles and doubts, as well as the strength, perseverance, and profound compassion, embodied by these courageous women.

Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teachings in her early teens, igniting a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 until 2009, when she moved to the US to help establish Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women.

Her practice and teaching are guided by early Buddhist scriptures and through nature’s pure and immediate Dhamma. In 2011 she took full Bhikkhuni Ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path given by the Buddha.

In 2016 she received the Global Bhikkhuni Award:Anandabodhi


The video of last Saturday’s iSangha talk by Bhikkhu Akaliko has been uploaded to YouTube—with many thanks to @Aminah:


In conversation with Bhante U Agga at iSangha on 30 May: Lessons from the Jungle – The Freedom of a Simple Life

You are very warmly invited to join Bhante U Agga in conversation with Ayya Anopama at Tilorien’s iSangha (iSangha – Tilorien Monastery) on Saturday 30 May from 9.30-11am CEST (see here for other time zones). The session will also include meditation and time for Q&A.

The Covid-19 pandemic has faced many of us with major restrictions in our daily lives which, for some, has led to unease and distress. At the same time the situation has also allowed us to step back and re-evaluate our frantic, consumption-driven life styles full of distraction. We have had an opportunity to re-discover the beauties of a simple life and how gestures of kindness and generosity can brighten our own and others’ lives.

Banthe U Agga and Ayya Anopama will explore the freedom that can come from the renunciation, simplification, and kindness encouraged by the Buddha and how the life style of a forest monastic can inspire us all.

Bhikkhu Agga (formerly known as Tjeerd Aukes, born in the Netherlands) started meditating in 2001 when he attended his first 10-day Vipassana retreat. Since then he has been practising regularly.

In 2006 he travelled to India and Myanmar to deepen his meditation practice. He ordained as a Buddhist monk in 2011 in Myanmar and was given the name U Aggawamsa, shortened to U Agga. Since then he’s been staying in different places and settings across Myanmar, living a simple and solitaire life, mostly in forests and jungles, together with other monks, nuns and lay practioners or just by himself in a wooden hut.

In 2016 and 2019 he visited Europe for two months. He currently resides in a Forest Monastery in the North-East of Thailand.


Here is a boost so that you can keep updating us on the iSangha.
:anjal: :anjal: :anjal:


Can I clarify whether we need a new Zoom ID for each talk, or if we’ve asked for access once we don’t need to do that every time?


Yes, this is how it works. But please don’t share the Zoom ID with others. Everyone should ask for access once. This is just to protect from being attacked.


Thanks @sabbamitta! It’s a curious side-effect of the lockdown that it has given some of us better access to hearing the Dhamma. :heart:


Ayya Anandabodhi’s talk was really lovely. :smiley:


Venerable Vimala speaks at iSangha on 5th June – A Path with a Heart :heart:

You are very warmly invited to join Venerable Vimala, Tilorien Monastery’s spiritual lead, at Tilorien’s iSangha (iSangha – Tilorien Monastery) for a Dhamma Talk, meditation and ‘Q&A’ on Friday 5th June 7pm CEST (see here for other time zones ).

Para mi solo recorrer los caminos que tienen corazon,
cualquier camino que tenga corazon.
Por ahi yo recorro,
y la unica prueba que vale es atravesar todo su largo.
Y por ahi yo recorro
mirando, mirando, sin aliento.

For me there is only travelling on paths that have heart,
on any path that may have heart.
There I travel,
and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length.
And there I travel
looking, looking, breathlessly.

Venerable Vimala has been busy setting up and building Tilorien Monastery tirelessly over the past four years. For the past two months she had the opportunity for a break in solitary retreat. We are very much looking forward to welcome her back.

To find out more about Venerable Vimala, visit: Ayya Vimala – Samita ASBL


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Has this talk been recorded as well? I couldn’t find it on the YouTube channel. Thanks a lot! I am looking forward to watching it. :slight_smile: :pray:

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No, the talk by U Agga hasn’t been recorded.

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