Monastery reopening after temporary closure

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We are pleased to announce the reopening of the monastery and a return to the usual daily routine. Several residents and lay guests have fully recovered from Covid and more than a week has gone by with no new infections. Evening puja and meditation at 7.30 pm is starting again, every day except Monday. On […]

Temporary closure

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Temporary closure due to cases of Covid-19 Unfortunately the monastery needs to enter a period of quarantine, at least until 26th April, because of two residents and three guests having contracted Covid-19. It is not clear how the situation will develop, however, there is no need to worry on our behalf and we will notify […]

Introduction To Insight Meditation

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© Amaravati Publications. For free distribution only. Introduction The aim of this booklet is to serve as an introduction to the Practice of Insight Meditation as taught within the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. You need not be familiar with the teachings of the Buddha to make use of it, although such knowledge can help to […]

An Outline of Buddhism

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A GREAT VARIETY of forms of religious practice are associated with the word ‘Buddhism’. However, they all take Siddhattha Gotama, who lived and taught in northern India some 2,500 years ago, as their source or inspiration. It was he who in historical times became known as the ‘Buddha’- that is ‘the Awakened One’, one who […]

Retreats 2022

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Retreats 2022 6th–9th MAY:  Retreat near AOSTAWith Ajahn Vajiro (abbot of Sumedharama Monastery in Portugal) in English with translation into Italian, at the Casa Alpina Frassati di Persod, Saint-Nicolas, about 20 km from Aosta. For information and booking (before 15th April): retreatvda@gmail.com. 1st–3rd JULY:  Retreat near Lake Garda, BRESCIAWith Ajahn Chandapalo, in italian, at the […]

Newsletter December 2019

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NEWS We recently enjoyed a visit from Luang Por Pasanno, founder and former abbot of Abhayagiri monastery in California, together with his successor, Ajahn Karunadhammo. A Dhamma talk he gave during his stay should soon be available on our website, in English with Italian translation, as an audio file. The weather here has been unseasonably mild, […]

Newsletter November 2019

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It has been quite a while since we last sent out a newsletter. Life continues as usual at Santacittarama, and now Ajahn Chandapalo has returned from his 3-month stay in an alpine hermitage near Monte Rosa and a brief visit to England. A series of photos from his stay in the mountains can be viewed […]

Other resources

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    This is a portal to the monasteries associated with Ven. Ajahn Chah and includes ebooks and audio files, in various languages.   Website of the Italian Buddhist Union.     Saddha is managed by friends of Santacittarama, and contains material especially useful for lay practitioners.

History 8. The Heart in the right place

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The newsletter for October 1997 announces our imminent transfer to the newly acquired property in Poggio Nativo: “Dear friends, after more than 7½ years in Sezze Romano, Santacittarama is relocating to its lovely new setting among the Sabina hills, in the province of Rieti. By the time you read this we may have moved already […]