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    Pian dei ciliegi APS

    Centro di meditazione vipassana

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    Pian dei ciliegi APS

    Centro di meditazione vipassana

    Pian dei Ciliegi Anti-Covid Protocol

    Due to the regulations relating to the containment measures of Covid19, we must reduce the number of participants in our retreats to 19/20; this is the only way to ensure regular distancing between people in the meditation room and, above all, in the dining room.
    We will ask you to respect the other restrictions required by the legislation, that is to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, to use the hand cleansing gel (which will be made available), to wear the protective mask in the common areas inside the building and to use gloves made available for cleaning the bathroom (or your personal ones, preferably).
    It would be desirable that those with greater autonomy of practice meditate in their own room; in this way there would be more space in the meditation hall. The same goes for those who want to feel more protected.
    Meals will be served individually by the kitchen staff and not as a buffet as before. There will be two seats at the table, separated by a divider.We will take care to ensure sufficient air exchange in the common areas.
    We ask you to make sure that you have no flu symptoms in the days prior to your arrival and that you have not recently been in contact with people with Covid19. You will be asked at check-in to sign a release in this regard.
    If you develop flu symptoms during the retreat you will be asked to leave the center as a precaution. If, when you return home, symptoms attributable to a Covid19 infection occur, we kindly ask you to let us know.

    To join a retreat in Pian dei Ciliegi, it is necessary to comply with the current Italian legislation, in force from December 6th 2021 to  January 15th  2022, which requires the person either to be fully vaccinated against Covid, or to have recovered from Covid or to have had a Covid Test carried out in the 48 hours prior to  their arrival.
    Here is a list of things to bring for your stay at the center:
    • Comfortable clothes
    • enough  clothing to cover the duration of the retreat
    • Sheets or sleeping bag and pillowcase
    • Personal toiletries
    • Any medicines you may need
    • Meditation cushion or bench (if you want to use your own, but the center can provide cushions of various sizes suitable for meditation; individual mats are arranged in the room)
    • House slippers
    • Notebook and pen
    • Personal masks 
    • Personal blanket or shawl to use during meditation.

    Retreats 2022

    We have published our 2022 detailed retreat program. You can find it in the section “retreats” of our website.

    Bookings will be possible starting from Saturday January 15th 2022 at 8.00 for retreats from April 3rd to July 1st and for the August retreat, and starting from Sunday May 1st at 8.00 for the remaining retreats.

    To book a retreat you need to follow the following steps:

    1. register on our website and log in (if you are already registered but have forgotten your username and / or password you can ask to recover it) - make sure you are in the user area before proceeding

    2. apply for membership to the association by completing the form in the user menu (unless you are already a member of Pian dei Ciliegi APS)

    3. in the user menu, click on “book a retreat”; a list will open with the teacher's photo, available places and other useful information.

    4. choose the retreat from the list and click on the photo; a page will open with the label "subscribe"- click on it

    5. fill in the booking form, then click on "send".

    Make sure that the procedure is successful (you should receive an automatic confirmation email, which sometimes ends up in the junk mail)

    In case of problems, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



    we will shortly publish our detailed retreat program for 2022. However, here is anticipation with a summary planner:

    Retreats in Pian dei Ciliegi in 2022
    3-12 aprile Gautam Verma VIPASSANA
    12 - 23 aprile Hannes Huber VIPASSANA
    23 - 30 aprile Andrea Andrea VIPASSANA
    6 – 15 maggio Adriano Emina e Luisa Lazzarotto VIPASSANA
    18 - 31 maggio (18-24, 24-31) Sister Virañani METTA/VIPASSANA
    3 - 5 giugno Bhante Bodhidhamma (week-end principianti) /Gautam Verma assistente VIPASSANA
    3 - 12 giugno Bhante Bodhidhamma (tutto il ritiro) /Gautam Verma assistente VIPASSANA
    18 – 26 giugno Hannes Huber VIPASSANA
    1 – 3 luglio Luisa Lazzarotto (assistente Friederike Konitzer) RITIRO PER RAGAZZI
    8 - 17 luglio Massimo Bonomelli e Jan Wusterberger VIPASSANA
    22 – 31 luglio Piero Urban VIPASSANA
    1 - 10 agosto Bhante Sujiva / Piero Urban assistente (primo periodo) VIPASSANA
    10 – 20 agosto Bhante Sujiva / Piero Urban assistente (secondo periodo) VIPASSANA
    20 -30 agosto Bhante Sujiva / Piero Urban assistente (secondo periodo) VIPASSANA
    1 – 30 agosto Bhante Sujiva / Piero Urban assistente (tutto il ritiro) VIPASSANA
    2 -11 settembre Adriano Emina e Luisa Lazzarotto VIPASSANA
    13 – 18 settembre Achaan Chandapalo- TRADIZIONE DELLA FORESTA
    21 – 30 settembre Paolo Testa VIPASSANA
    1 – 9 ottobre Massimo Bonomelli  e Henrich Dahm VIPASSANA
    12 – 19 ottobre Gautam Verma VIPASSANA
    22 ottobre – 1 novembre Federica La Rosa METTA/VIPASSANA

    Bookingss will open on January 15, 2022 at 8.00 am for the retreats until July 3 and the August retreat guided by Bhante Sujiva. From May 1st it will be possible to book for the remaining retreats in our program.

    The retreat fee remains fixed at 35 euros per day for retreats at the centre, while we have reduced it to 20 euros total for online weekend retreats. The annual membership fee, as for 2021, is 25 euros. Payments must be made within the fifth day of your booking, unlike this year, when we had provided for greater flexibility due to the uncertainty related to the pandemic.
    Also this month Ven. Viranani will guide us in the practice of Metta on Saturday November 13th, from 8.30 to 10.00. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the credentials to enter the Zoom virtual room.
    This year there will be a series of online retreats on the 4 Brahmaviharas led by Sr. Virañani assisted by Federica La Rosa lasting 8 days each. The first retreat will take place from November 20th to 28th 2021 and will be focused on Metta (Loving Kindness). The retreat is full but there is the possibility to participate as an auditor by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The second retreat will take place from March 19th to 26th 2022 and will be focused on Karuna (Compassion). For the other two retreats, on Mudita and Upekkha respectively, the dates are still to be decided on.
    We'd like to remind you of the opportunity to enter the "Cherry Tree", a virtual International Meditation Room run by 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. You can find more information on our website. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for the credentials to participate.

    Rules &Regulations

    Welcome to the Association Pian dei Ciliegi, which organizes meditation retreats in Vipassana (Insight) and Metta (Loving Kindness) for the development of Mindfulness and other human qualities through the practice of meditation. Vipassana mindfulness goes beyond the ordinary mindfulness we have in quotidian life, and may be developed to the point where it becomes a Spiritual Power that permits us to experience a Transcendent Reality known as the Unconditioned or Nibbana. The path progresses through the development of “insights”, experiences of wisdom, or an intuitive understanding into the three universal characteristics of existence: Impermanence (Anicca in the Pali language), Unsatisfactoriness (Dukkha) and the Absence of a Self (Anatta). The scriptures and commentaries list 16 levels of insights leading to the experience of the Unconditioned. This very real goal presents an enormous opportunity for human beings, and is within reach of all those who dedicate themselves to the practice with faith and determination, following the method and the indications of the teachers. We would like to stress the value of a retreat especially in the context of modern society where such an opportunity is hard to come by, for here we have the possibility to enter along a path of interior research traced by the Buddha himself, and which has been followed by many Noble Persons in the course of time.

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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