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PIAN DEI CILIEGI MEDITATION CENTER

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2017 RETREAT SCHEDULE (only retreats in English, with Italian translation)

December 30th 2016 – January 8th 2017

Bhante Sujiva

 Satipatthana Vipassana meditation retreat

THIS RETREAT IS ALREADY FULL

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March 25 – April 1st 

Andrea Huber

 Satipatthana Vipassana meditation retreat

This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators, and will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks. The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day     

Andrea Huber is an MBSR trainer who lives and works in Austria, and trained at the Institut of Mindfulness and Stress Reduction of Dr. Linda Lehrhaupt, in Bedburg, Germany. She is an experienced Vipassana meditator in the Mahasi tradition, having trained for long periods under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita e Sayadaw U Vivekananda.

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 April 1st – 15th

Beate Gloeckner – Heidi Bachmann assistant

 Satipatthana Vipassana meditation retreat

This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators, and will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

          Beate Gloeckner is a German teacher who started her meditation practice in 1986 and has a long experience of retreats in the Mahasi tradition under the guidance of Ven. U-Pandita and Ven. U-Vivekananda, who authorized her to give teachings. Thanks to her training as a psychotherapist, she belongs to that new generation of teachers that can pass on ancient teachings in such a way that western yogis will still find them meaningful for their lives.

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April 15th – 27th

Ven. Vivekananda - Hannes Huber assistant

 Satipatthana Vipassana meditation retreat

This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators, and will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

          Ven. Vivekananda is the resident teacher of Panditarama Lumbini International Meditation Centre in Nepal. He has trained under the Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa since 1988 and has been teaching Vipassana in the Mahasi tradition and Loving kindness meditation at his center in Lumbini as well as abroad since 1998. With his profound knowledge of the Dhamma and his enthusiastic manner, yogis feel inspired and encouraged to progress in their practice

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April 27th- May 5th

Hannes Huber

 Satipatthana Vipassana meditation retreat

This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators, and will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

          Hannes Huber, is an experienced teacher who has practiced Vipassana Meditation since 1985. His teachers include Godwin Samararatne from Sri Lanka, and Sayadaw U Pandita from Burma, who authorized him to give teachings. He has a training in Psychosynthesis with Sascha Dönges, Switzerland. He teaches Vipassana Meditation in Austria and other European countries, and is an MBSR trainer.

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May 26th – 28th

Heidi Bachmann

 

Introduction to Satipatthana Vipassana meditation

This retreat is  meant for beginners, or for those who wish to have an introduction to Satipatthana Vipassana meditation. There will be theoretical explanations, short instructions and both guided and silent meditations. Sitting and walking sessions will be alternated throughout the day.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

          Heidi Bachmann worked as a teacher in various fields, such as healing education, music and as a lecturer in philosophy. After several studies in Bodywork, Dance and Music, she studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion at the University of Lucerne. She was a founding member of the Movement of the Philosophical Practice of Switzerland and worked for several years as a philosopher in the philosophical practice of Lucerne, which she led together with a colleague. Since her youth, she has been dealing with questions of mysticism in a Christian and interreligious context. She has many years of experience in meditation in various schools and with different teachers. For sixteen years, her focus has been on Vipassana and Metta meditation in the Mahasi Tradition. She was encouraged to teach by Ven. U Vivekananda and Beate Glöckner. She is the mother of two adult sons and lives in Lucerne (Switzerland). 

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June 1st – 4th

Ven. Viraῆani

Love without Barriers: An Introduction to Loving-kindness Meditation

The beautiful spirit of mettā (loving-kindness) is without limit and without barriers. In this retreat, Ven. Virañani will offer a simple and direct method to develop and strengthen the heart’s natural capacity to connect with others with kindness. We will explore the spirit of mettā together, in formal practice and in the many ways that the mettā meditation can be applied in everyday life. The retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators, it is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day 

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June 4th – 11th

Ven. Viraῆani

Metta for Insight Meditation

Loving-kindness (Metta) and insight meditation (Vipassana) powerfully support each other, allowing us to deeply connect with ourselves, with each other, and with the deepest truths of the way things are. Together they help free the heart from clinging and pain.  In this retreat Ven. Virañani will share the traditional Burmese teachings of mettā for vipassanā in a way that is both accessible and immediately practical in everyday life. The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

20 places will be set aside for participants doing the whole period, from June 1st to 11th 

          Ven. Vīrañāṇi  began to practice meditation in 1979. In 2003, after several years spent working at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA, and training in in the Thai Forest tradition, she began a four-year period devoted to intensive practice in the Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. She took permanent ordination in Burma with Sayadaw U Pandita on New Year 2006, and now resides at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre North of Yangon. She teaches loving kindness and vipassanā meditation retreats in Burma, Europe, and Australia.  In 2008 she co-founded Metta In Action, a charity devoted to offering Burmese people in need the means and skills to help themselves.  She is passionate about the Dhamma, about nature, and about using both to help others rediscover the intrinsic goodness in all beings.

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June 16th -18th  

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Introduction to Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation

This week-end will be especially dedicated to beginners, so participants will be offered basic instructions and guided meditations. During the retreat there will be sessions of sitting and walking meditation and daily Dhamma talks. The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence.

Those who wish to can continue their practice into the following week, which involves more autonomy in one’s meditation.

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after breakfast on the last day

June 18th – 25th

Bhante Bodhidhamma

Satipatthana Vipassana Meditation retreat

This retreat will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks. The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after breakfast on the last day.

 20 places will be set aside for participants doing the whole period, from June 16th to 25th.

          Bhante Bodhidhamma was originally a student of Ven. Sayadaw U Janaka from Burma and was ordained as a monk in the tradition of Mahasi in 1986.He then followed the teachings of Ven. Sayadaw Rewata Dhamma and of Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita , and did a long training period in the Mahasi Tradition at the Kandubada Centre in Sri Lanka. From 2001 to 2005 he was a resident teacher at the “Gaia House” retreat centre in England. Since 2006 he’s been spiritual guide of the Satipanya Buddhist Trust Meditation Centre in Wales, (U.K.) For more information please check www.satipanya.org.uk

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July 8th – 15th

Patricia Feldman e Charles Genoud

Vipassana e Metta retreat

During this retreat meditators will have a chance to deepen their understanding of insight practice, developing mindfulness of the mind and the body, contemplating their aspects and exploring their qualities in each moment. As wisdom unfolds, the nature of experience will reveal itself enabling a powerful inner transformation. The emphasis of the retreat will also invite participants to trust in what lies beneath the surface of habitual tendencies, gently opening and relaxing the heart through the cultivation of loving-kindness. This silent retreat will offer the support of instructions, private interviews and Dharma talks. The practice of  Metta (loving-kindness)  enriches Vipassana  meditation by the breadth and lightness of mind  that it can bring. The  cultivation of  qualities such as kindness and compassion enables an attitude for self-acceptance and openess for oneself and others that can attain a state of unconditional love and peace.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

July 15th – 22nd

Patricia Feldman e Charles Genoud

Vipassana e Metta retreat

During this retreat meditators will have a chance to deepen their understanding of insight practice, developing mindfulness of the mind and the body, contemplating their aspects and exploring their qualities in each moment. As wisdom unfolds, the nature of experience will reveal itself enabling a powerful inner transformation. The emphasis of the retreat will also invite participants to trust in what lies beneath the surface of habitual tendencies, gently opening and relaxing the heart through the cultivation of loving-kindness. This silent retreat will offer the support of instructions, private interviews and Dharma talks. The practice of Metta (loving-kindness) enriches Vipassana  meditation by the breadth and lightness of mind  that it can bring. The cultivation of qualities such as kindness and compassion enables an attitude for self-acceptance and openess for oneself and others that can attain a state of unconditional love and peace.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

20  places will be set aside for those yogis who sign up for the two periods (July 8th – 22nd).

 Patricia Genoud-Feldman has been practicing Buddhist meditation (Vipassana and Dzogchen) in Asia and the West since 1984. She received numerous teachings from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and practiced  under the guidance of  Sayadaw Upandita. She has also completed her teacher training at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. USA under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and other senior teachers.  She has been teaching Vipassana meditation since 1997  in Europe, Israel and the US.

Charles Genoud has studied Buddhism in both Theravada and Tibetan traditions. For several years he was a student of the Venerable Geshe Rabten and then of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He has practiced Vipassana meditation with Goenka and then in the Mahasi tradition, with Sayadaw Upandita, , Sayadaw U Indaka, Joseph Goldstein ans Sharon Salzberg.

Charles Genoud teaches Buddhist meditation and leads workshops in France, the USA, Israel, Italy and Switzerland. He is one of the founders as well as guiding teacher of the Vimalakirti Meditation Centre in Geneva, Switzerland (www.vimalakirti.org).

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August 2 - 9 

Bhante Sujiva – Assistant Brother Dassana

 Satipatthana Vipassana retreat

This retreat is open to all, with sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

August 9 - 16

Bhante Sujiva – Assistant Brother Dassana

 Satipatthana Vipassana retreat

This retreat is open to all, with sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

August 16 - 23

Bhante Sujiva – Assistant Brother Dassana

 Satipatthana Vipassana retreat

This period is only for those who have started their retreat either on Aug. 2nd or 16Th. There will be no new entries, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day.

15 places will be reserved for meditators doing the whole period (Aug. 2-23), and 10 places for those doing two periods (either Aug.2-16 or Aug.16-23).

          Bhante Sujiva is a Theravadin monk who was Abbot of the Santisukharama hermitage in Kota Tinggi, Malaysia from 1982 to 1996; since then he has been travelling all over the world to spread the teachings of the Dhamma and instructing in Vipassana meditation. Since September 2006, he’s been living more permanently  in Europe where he follows groups of yogis in different countries and conducts Vipassana and Metta retreats, as well as seminars on the study of the Abhidhamma.

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August  23rd - 31st    

Brother Dassana

 Satipatthana Vipassana retreat

This retreat is open to all, with sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

August 31st- September 7th  

Brother Dassana

 Satipatthana Vipassana retreat

This retreat is open to all, with sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

September 7th – 14th

Brother Dassana

 Satipatthana Vipassana retreat

This retreat is open to all, with sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

Bro. Dassana has been practising Vipassana Meditation for over 20 years. He has done many years of retreats in Burma, Thailand and Malaysia under various teachers. Most of his retreats are in the Mahasi style, though he has also explored other traditions. He was a monk for 17 years, and this gave him the opportunity and time to study the Dhamma scriptures and to do long intensive Vipassana retreats.

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December 29, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018

Bhante Sujiva

Vipassana Meditation retreat

 This retreat is suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators. It will have sessions of sitting and walking meditation, regular interviews with the teacher and daily Dhamma talks.

The retreat is in English with Italian translation and all participants will be asked to take the 5 or 8 precepts and respect the Noble Silence (for information check our website).

Check-in is between 2 and 5 p.m on the first day, and the retreat ends after lunch on the last day

For the teacher’s bio please read above

 

 

SOME USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR RETREATS

  • The suggested participation fee for the retreats is 30 euros per day for room and board; the fee should be considered as a free contribution by members to support the Association, and covers the expenses of the organization and management of the Centre. It’s possible to ask for sponsorships, or give a contribution based on one’s financial possibilities, but this should be agreed upon with the manager, prior to the retreat.
  • There is no reimbursment of the fee in case of cancellation or anticipated departure once the retreat has started.
  • The Dhamma teachings are offered free of charge, but we encourage participants to show gratitude with a generous donation to the teacher.
  • Please consider a small donation for the pick-up service from the bus stop.
  • You can find information about formal retreats and how to reach the centre on our Web site
  • You can also download from our web site audio files of meditation instructions, guided meditations and Dhamma talks from our past retreats.

 

 


 
 
 
 

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