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    Pian dei ciliegi APS

    Centro di meditazione vipassana

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    Pian dei ciliegi APS

    Centro di meditazione vipassana

    Indications for the Online Retreat Program 2021

    The suggested quota is 5€ a day plus a fixed sum of 10€ (also suggested) to cover secretarial costs. The fee may be paid within 5 days of subscription via bank transfer, details of which you can find on the home page. Upon receipt of payment the subscriber will receive a second email confirming subscription, and with other useful information (including Zoom credentials) which will be briefly summarized here.

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    Also this month Ven. Viranani will guide us in the practice of Metta on Saturday October 16th, from 8.30 to 10.00. For  the credentials to enter the Zoom virtual room please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    from November 20th to 28th 2021 there will be a series of online retreats on the 4 Brahmaviharas: Metta (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (sympathetic joy) and Uppekha (equanimity) led by Ayya Virañani, with Federica La Rosa as assistant. For information and Zoom credentials please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    We remind you of the opportunity to enter the "Cherry Tree", a virtual International Meditation Room in Pian dei Ciliegi open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all those who practice mindfulness meditation (Vipassana) and Loving Kindness (Metta) wherever they are and at any time of the day. 

    Important information

    Please note that, because of a necessary reorganization of the administration, bookings to in-person retreats in 2021 will take place in 3 distinct stages.
    Here is a table of retreats with their respective dates of subscription. We apologize for whatever inconvenience this may cause.

    Besides, as of January 2021 all payments must be made out to our Credit Agricole account, IBAN CODE: IT47F0623065420000030714189
    For international transfers: SWIFT CODE: CRPPIT2P027 (please note: the ninth digit is a zero)

    Pian dei Ciliegi Anti-Covid Protocol

    Due to the recent regulations for the containment of Covid19, we must reduce the number of participants in our retreats to 20, 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.

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    Retreat fund

    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.

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    The meaning of the word Dana

    dana 2Dana, 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.

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    A tour around the center

    Let's go on a tour around the center

    photos by Roby Morleo