Due to the recent regulations for the containment of Covid19, we must reduce the number of participants in our retreats to 21/22, so that everyone can have a single room and share a bathroom with one other person. Furthermore, this is the only way to ensure regular distancing between people in the meditation hall and in the dining room.
The teachings of Ven. Virañani will be given in English with translation by Donatella Levi.
Finally, we’d like to remind you that on our website www.piandeiciliegi.it, in the audio file section you can find and listen to all the teachings and guided meditations offered during our retreats, and on our two YouTube channels (Pian dei Ciliegi Meditation Center and PDC Meditazione Online) you will find videos of the talks given in the Zoom virtual room and at the Center. We also have a facebook page: Sangha di Pian dei Ciliegi
WE HAVE POSTED OUR 2021 RETREAT SCHEDULE IN THE SECTION UNDER THE HEADING " RETREATS". BOOKINGS WILL BEGIN ON JANUARY 16th 2021 AT 8 o'CLOCK
At one of its recent meetings, the Board at Pian dei Ciliegi has decided to establish a fund that will permit its more motivated yogis to participate in extended retreats here at Pian dei Ciliegi itself, or at other related centers such as the Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center, the Panditarama Shwe Taung Gon Sasana Yeiktha in Yangon, the Santisukkarama Centre in Malaysia, the Centres that followthe tradition of di U-Janaka).
It is the feeling of the Board that the fund be comprised of donations made by meditators or supporters, in such a way as to allow them to develop the virtue of Dana (generosity) which, alongside Sila (moral conduct) and Nekkhamma (renunciation), is a fundamental aspect of the practice, and which we will never tire of underlining.
Dana, or Generosity is one of the cornerstones of Buddhist teaching and of the practice of Vipassana meditation. Along with Sila, Morality, it is both a pre-requisite and grounds for training, in so far as we develop these during our practice. Without the support of these two factors it is not possible to develop right concentration, and hence the wisdom that leads to liberation; they go hand in hand with each other, and as we grow in wisdom and in our understanding of the Dhamma, so too does the wish to develop these qualities grow spontaneously in us. As with Metta and the other Brahma-Viharas, they are innate to human beings who have exercised right effort in the cultivation of mind, rather than abandoning themselves to their more basic instincts related to the mental defilements.
Let's go on a tour around the center
photos by Roby Morleo