Sakula explores how to be truthful to oneself, open up, be present with others in a skillful way, and experience the joy in the moments of eternity. She addresses the Sunday Sila gathering online.
Our donors and volunteers made possible a wonderful weekend of meditation and teaching on the theme of joy by the inspiring Santussikā Bhikkhunī. She and Cittānandā Bhikkhunī visited for the weekend from Karuna Buddhist Vihara in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Tea and conversation was held around the table downstairs. Ayya Santussikā spoke on the topic of joy and happiness and their necessity on the path to enlightenment. She encouraged us to notice joy and cultivate it when it arises. The theme continued through the weekend. The altar was filled with flowers in warm welcome. All the seats were filled, and more cushions were set out.
Such teaching is possible at Friends of the Dhamma because you, our donors and volunteers, have so generously given of time and resources. Anumodana!
Having spent the weekend on the theme of joy, Ayya Santussika notes that unworldly joy is an essential part of the path but can be difficult in our culture. She shares reflections on six recollections that each of us can do to help cultivate joy from the Anguttara Nikaya sutta AN3.70 Uposatha, Sabbath.
Ayya Santussika continues this weekend on the theme of joy by reflecting on the Majjhima Nikaya Sutta MN152 Indriyabhavana Sutta, The Development of the Faculties.
On the morning of the second day of her visit Ayya Santussika spoke on unworldly joy, deep and spacious. She encouraged us to notice joy when it arises and to cultivate it.
Santussikā Bhikkhunī opens her weekend of teaching with a recollection of her monthlong visit to Ajahn Gunhah in Thailand and what she learned from this arahant and nephew of Ajahn Chah.