At the request of a healthcare worker in Germany, we have started an online meditation and discussion group using Zoom conferencing. In first instance only for Europe, where many people are in lockdown. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to support him and others in this way.
We have started with two existing groups: one WhatsApp group and a Rainbow group in Germany that can no longer meet in person.
Now many countries in Europe have gone into lockdown and others have put stringent regulations into place to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we need connection more than ever. We need to put the Buddha’s teachings into force and help each other to deal with the stress and uncertainty, support each other by doing kind deeds for those in our society who are vulnerable and to give mental support to those who need it.
It is in times like these that we can grow most in the Dhamma and practice the 8-fold noble path. When we are stuck at home, we can make the time for meditation, to listen to Dhamma teachings and join together with spiritual friends online.
Therefore, we will be offering a weekly meditation and Dhamma discussion group on Zoom, starting Friday 20th from 20.00-22.00 CEST.
Dear Ayya Vimala,
thank you for yoru post. The Tilorien monastery looks as a beautiful place, just as Santi FM is. The photos reminded me of the words from the Dhammapada - Dhp 7: 99.
With metta-karuna, Dana
You are very warmly invited to join Ayya Yeshe from Australia at the Tilorien iSangha (iSangha – Tilorien Monastery) for a Dhamma Talk, meditation and discussion on Saturday 11th April from 9.30-11am.
Ayya Yeshe Chodron ordained as a nun in 2001 at the age of 23. She discovered Buddhism whilst travelling in Nepal and India on a search for the meaning of life. She trained under many teachers and is a well-known Dhamma speaker. She is often referred to as “nun of the slums” for her work with women and children in the slums in India, empowering some of the poorest and most oppressed communities in the world to break the cycle of poverty and oppression.
Next to Ayya Yeshe there are other monastic speakers at the iSangha of Tilorien Monastery in the coming weeks:
Ajahn Brahmali speaks at iSangha on 18th April—“Right virus view”
We are very happy that Ajahn Brahmali from Australia has agreed to give a talk at the Tilorien iSangha (iSangha – Tilorien Monastery) on Saturday 18th April from 9.30-11am CEST.
Ajahn Brahmali has lived at Bodhinyana Monastery since 1994, and was ordained as a Bhikkhu, with Ajahn Brahm as his preceptor, in 1996. In 2015 he will be entered his 20th Rains Retreat as a fully ordained monastic and received the title Maha Thera (Great Elder). He is very well known for his knowledge of Pali, the Suttas and Vinaya. Ajahn Brahmali’s clear and thoughtful talks make the teachings of the Buddha easily accessible to all and are very popular. More on Ajahn Brahmali can be found here: https://www.samita.be/en/monks-nuns/ajahn-brahmali/
Because of the time difference with Australia, the regular Friday night iSangha meeting on 17th April is moved to Saturday morning 18th April.
The Gift of Presence in Times of Challenge – Insight Dialogue online with Ayya Anopama 13th April – 4th May
Monday, 13th April, 20th April, 27th April, 4rd May from 19.15–21.00 CEST
Ayya Anopama will offer four consecutive introductory sessions to Insight Dialogue, a relational meditation practice designed to help us be awake in our everyday lives. It brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha and the power of relationship, to support the development of liberating insight and compassion while investigating present moment experience.
Prerequisites: prior meditation experience; newcomers to Insight Dialogue (ID) as well as seasoned ID practioners are welcome. Participation in all four sessions is recommended for newcomers.
Registration: via email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating ‘Insight Dialogue’ in the subject heading to receive the details for the designated zoom room which will be sent before the start of the course. The number of participants is limited.
If no-one makes any comments, how can I make new posts? I can only make 3 successive posts on D&D…
Well, yes, that thread had been created for the very same reason, that I couldn’t add more new posts to this one. Now you have made some comments I can again add a word. But I didn’t want to spread the matter all over the forum either, so what choice do I have?
Oh my goodness, how rash I was in my judgement! Please accept my apologies, I had no idea of the systemic constraints you were under! I hope the paradox of my “system limitation breaking comment” at least goes some way to forgiving my error.