History 5. Changes

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A major change in the community of Santacittarama is announced by Ajahn Chandapalo in their newsletter of May 1996: “Six months have passed since our last newsletter and quite a few things have happened during this time. I was very fortunate to spend much of this last winter in Thailand, partly at the International Forest […]

History 4. New Plans

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New plans are announced in the Santacittarama newsletter of October 1995: “A major cause for concern since the Vihara’s inception has been the inadequate nature of the building’s foundations and the continual appearance of cracks in the walls due to seasonal movement. It is a little premature to say with any certainty but there is […]

History 3. Consolidating the Foundations

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During the next couple of years a succession of monks and anagarikas from the UK take residence, usually staying no longer than about six months. John Angelori leaves and eventually settles in Latina, where he lives to this day, and where for many years he has been leading a meditation group (www.centrosati.org). The vihara is […]

History 2. Settling in

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These are extracts of a letter from Ajahn Thanavaro to Ajahn Sumedho, describing developments so far at the newly-established vihara (from the Forest Sangha Newsletter July 1990). “We have been here in Sezze a month, and we are settling down with no real difficulties. Our neighbours have been very supportive – you know that Italians […]

History 1. A Leap of Faith

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Ajahn Sucitto provides some background and perspective on another Theravadin monastic residence (vihara), which is taking shape in Italy. Ajahn Thanavaro will return to his native country to take up residence there. When Ajahn Sumedho returned from a visit to Switzerland and Italy last December, he brought back some news that created a blend of […]

History of Santacittarama

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A book, “Santacittarama: the first 30 years”, can be downloaded here: Photos and English text (18 Mb) It recently occurred to us that all of 25 years have passed since Santacittarama was officially inaugurated on 21st March 1990. It was then located in a small villa, generously offered by the late Vincenzo Piga, located on […]

Thai Forest Sangha Tradition

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from forestsangha.org  The Forest Sangha The Thai Forest tradition is one branch of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Theravada Buddhism, also known as the Southern School of Buddhism, is present throughout Thailand, Burma, and Sri Lanka. The Theravada tradition is grounded in the discourses recorded in the Pali Canon, the oldest Buddhist scriptures. Theravada literally means […]

Donations

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Donations (by credit card or PayPal)   Donations (by bank transfer) Financial contributions may be made directly to the following account (with “freewill donation” specified as the motive): Name of account: Associazione Santacittarama IBAN: IT95Y0832773740000000004671 BIC/SWIFT: ROMAITRR Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Roma From 1st January 2020 it will no longer be possible to apply for tax deduction […]

Visiting the Monastery

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RESTRICTIONS DUE TO COVID-19: Those who wish to visit during the day are kindly requested to respect the current regulations regarding access to places of religious practice, such as wearing masks and using hand sanitiser before entering the temple. Please refer to the News section of the home page for any updates. Thank you for […]

Biography of Ajahn Chandapalo

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Born in Preston (UK) in 1957, Ajahn Chandapalo grew up in York and initially became interested in Buddhist meditation while studying engineering at the university of Lancaster. His first experience of traditional Theravada Buddhism was at a Vesak celebration led by Ajahn Sumedho in Manchester in 1978. While studying for a master’s degree in biomedical […]