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Dear friends,

We cordially greet you all from ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, which has been revived after a few months by the return of Venerable Visuddhi from Sri Lanka. The Venerable has been staying most of the time with the nuns at her home monastery in Olaboduwa. This gave rise to the idea for the project we are sending you attached.

 

You can see some photos from the monastery HERE:

 

Venerable Visuddhi also visited the hill poor areas and together with Madulle Vijithananda bhikkhunī, they gave gifts to many underprivileged families. Thank you to all the donors for your help. Without you all this would not have been possible. 

  1. In Nuwaraeliya district, Mepilimana village, we donated dry food packets to 45 poor families and school supplies for children of class 1 to 7 (280 children). Organizers: Sumana Hemakumari, Jasintha Frenando and David Frenando

  2. In Nuwaraeliya district, Haras Bedda village, we donated dry food packets to 25 poor families and school supplies for children in grades 1 to 7 (57 children). Nilmini Rathnayaka, organizer.

HERE and HERE is a short photo gallery of the event


 

From March onwards, the program will start again outdoors and it is already possible to apply for our courses and individual stays. For more information please visit our website and calendar. Please send your completed applications as soon as possible, places are gradually filling up. 

Before the activities get underway, we invite you as always to a spring clean-up of the ārāma and garden. Come along as much as you can, from experience we no longer give any fixed dates.
Please email ahead to let us know which day and time you might be able to come. It is possible to come at any time, outside of the already given course dates.

 

Calendar for the New Year 2023

 

We have prepared a wide range of activities and programme for the new year 2023. Interested parties can apply now, places are limited. So don't hesitate, this year's courses are already fully booked.

Before any stay and visit to ārāmā Karuṇā Sevena, it is important to be well acquainted with the running of the monastery and its rules. For details, please click HERE

Dhamma dāna by Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi

1. The Venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi has prepared a new website for you. Recently many of you have expressed interest in the courses on death meditation and mettā.  Here you can read more about these modes of practice:

Maraṇānussati | Mindfulness of DeathMettā | Developing Loving Kindness

2. The basic texts of the Theravāda teachings are contained in the so-called Pāli Canon, the oldest known set of Buddhist texts, written in Sri Lanka in the middle of the first century BC in the pāḷi language. Below you will find a rich library of these early Buddhist texts:

Tipiṭaka | Early Buddhist Texts

3. Pāli term kamma literally means deed or action. Any kind of free activity, whether mental, verbal or physical, is considered kamma. It includes all that is contained in the phrase "thought, word and deed". Generally speaking, all good and bad actions constitute kamma. In its highest sense, kamma means all moral and immoral volition. Unwitting, unintentional or unconscious acts, though technically deeds, do not constitute kamma because volition, the most important factor in determining kamma, is absent.

"All living beings have kamma as their possession."

Kamma | Act, action

 

4. Uposatha is a Buddhist festival that has been celebrated since the time of the Buddha (600 BC) and is still observed by Buddhists today. The Buddha taught that the day of Uposatha serves to "purify the defiled mind," leading to inner peace and joy. People of an intellectual type are often drawn to meditation. Their great need is to slow down their mind, to stop the unnecessary round of speculation and commentary, so that it can enter a state of calm from which they can observe how things really are, free from misconceptions and pre-judgments. Those who are naturally devoted, on the other hand, run the risk of not changing anything, of remaining content with this state. But the practice of devotion alone is not enough. Meditation is necessary to deepen progress in the Buddha's teachings. In fact, the religious practices are teaching aids that point to the necessity of devoting oneself completely to this training. For this reason, religious practices can also be appreciated by intellectual types. This way of understanding serves to enhance motivation and reminds us in the simplest way of what should be paramount to our minds. They are illustrative of the lesson we should establish at the very beginning of our meditation practice.

Pūjā |Offerings , Uposatha
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATION TO KARUṆĀ SEVENA

We appreciate your precious donations. Thanks to your generosity, Venerable Bhikkhunī can continue to live her monastic life.

May your merits bring you good health and peace of mind. 

 - If you wish to financially support Venerable Visuddhi, feel free to check the link bellow for more information. 

https://www.karunasevena.cz/donation-options

 - If you would like to send a food donation, feel free to contact the ārāma or send us an email to define the details of the delivery.

If you are not able to personally deliver it, there is the possibility to order food online and have it delivered to the ārāma. A number of supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes have the free-delivery option. We invite you to check with your selected shop for more information.

 

BLOG 

 

If you haven’t check it out yet, you are warmly welcome to read the new Karuṇā Sevena blog. We regularly update it with

news, information about Bhikkhunī Saṅgha, Sri Lanka, etc. There, you can also find the latest updates about the donation campaigns for Suriya Lamai and SOS Help for Sri Lanka. 

 

Feel free to read more: https://www.karunasevena.cz/blog

BOOK AND AUDIO RECORDINGS 

We are writing and translating some more Dhamma books and audio recordings to add to our website.  Venerable Bhikkhuni Visuddhi is currently finalizing a Dhamma book that is due for publication next year. Now, it is also possible to play our audio recordings on various streaming services. . For your information, at the moment we only have audios in Czech, but we would be grateful if any of you who is a native English speaker or who has been living in an English speaking country for many years would be happy to record the audios in English for our international practitioners. If you are interested in helping us out with this, please contact us. 

 

Also, we are planning to produce downloadable applications for you. If you have anyone with experience in their production and want to help us, contact us at our email.

Thank you.


Here there are the links to streaming services in Czech:
Spotify; 
Apple podcast; Google podcast; Castbox; PodBean

Support of the venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi and activities of the Association Karuṇā Sevena:

Full name of the account holder: Spolek Karuna Sevena 

Bank account: 6855804001/5500; IBAN: CZ6755000000006855804001; SWIFT: RZBCCZPP 

Address of the recipient: Slezska 3; City: Prostejov, Zipcode: 79601; Country: Czech Republic  

Email: karuna.sevena.en@gmail.com

 

The funds are used to cover the basic monastic needs of the venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi

 

such as robe, food, medicine and abode this also covers transportation, accommodation, air tickets, etc.) distribution of books,

the furnishing of the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, insurance, utility bills, etc. Tax-deductible in the Czech Republic.

 

Please state the reason for the donation with the following note" For the Association Karuna Sevena."

Neither of the above is a public collection, and therefore we ask all donors to add their contact information to their gift, so that we can issue a donation agreement contract or a donation receipt. We thank all the donors.

Links for donation:

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