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 2021

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Retreats 2021 2nd–4th JULY:  Retreat near Lake Garda, BRESCIAWith Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian. 20th–22nd AUGUST:  Retreat at Manopello, PESCARAWith Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian. For information: www.abruzzobuddhismo.org. Already fully booked. 10th–15th SEPTEMBER:  Retreat at Pian dei Ciliegi, PIACENZAWith Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian. Waiting list only: info@piandeiciliegi.it 8th–11th OCTOBER:  Retreat near AOSTAWith Ajahn Chandapalo, in Italian, at […]

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 […]

History 7. Patient Perseverance

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The search for a suitable ‘forest monastery’ property continues. We find ourselves visiting literally hundreds of properties within a reasonable distance from Rome. Several times we seem to have found the right place – near Velletri, Tivoli, Palombara Sabina, Rocca Sinibalda – the excitement level soars, word goes out and many interested and enthusiastic people […]

History 6. New Year in Italy

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From the front page of the Forest Sangha Newsletter, July 1997: This year Ajahn Sucitto visited the Sangha at Santacittarama, and found himself there for the celebration of the Thai New Year. SUNDAY April 13th: New Year’s Day as celebrated throughout S.E. Asia. Moreover, as every Thai will know, such a holy day must be […]