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A limited number of fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists are available.
Western nuns and monks from the Theravada monastic tradition teach each year at the Retreat Center.
The Buddha taught the Middle Way between the two extremes of indulgence and repression as a means to abide in true peace, clarity and joy. On and off the cushion, living this Middle Way takes us beyond stress and boredom by offering a template to engage from a place of stability and openness. Together we will discover/rediscover how this practice bears fruit in real contexts, enabling us to be present and responsive to the way things are.
The framework of the Eight Precepts (which include abstaining from eating after noon), Noble Silence, chanting and simple ceremonies will provide a monastic container to hold and inspire us during this retreat. An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Emily Carpenter.
Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to anyone who would like to participate. We offer a You Choose fee option for this course, charging a minimum of just $20 per night (i.e. $180 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help IMS to continue providing financial aid to as many people as possible.
Ayya Anandabodhi lived and trained as a nun in the Forest Tradition at Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in England from 1992 to 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 nature’s pure and immediate Dharma. In 2011 she took full bhikkhuni ordination, joining the growing number of women who are reclaiming this path conferred by the Buddha.
Ayya Santacitta has practiced meditation since 1988. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. Since 1993, she has trained as a nun, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. A co-founder of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery, she received bhikkhuni ordination in 2011. She is particularly interested in bringing faith traditions to the climate movement.