Topics covered: Physical Retreats in 2022, Online retreat dates, Returning Dhamma talks
Suttavāda Foundation Newsletter
Dear fellow travelers in the Dhamma.
Much is happening here at Suttavāda Foundation, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share some news with you.
First and foremost, upcoming newsletters will only be sent to people who have registered themselves for it. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to register your e-mail address at https://suttavada.foundation
Physical Retreats – Registrations opening up
Easter Retreat California – Following the tradition of the annual Easter California retreat guided by Bhante Vimalaramsi, Delson Armstrong will now guide the Easter Retreat scheduled from April 10 to April 20 2022. Information can be found here and registrations will open October 30, 9AM Pacific Time, 6PM Central European Time here
Belgium – 10-day retreat, Jan 28 – Febr 6 in the Centre Dhammaramsi, information can be found here and Registration opens October 28, 6PM Central European Time
Italy – 10-day retreat, Febr 25 – March 6 in the Monastery of the Eremite Clarisse, information can be found here and Registration opens November 13, 6PM Central European Time
More physical retreats are being scheduled for 2022 and when they open for registration, we will inform you through the website and newsletters. Also, we welcome any offers from people who want to organize a retreat in any part of the world. If you’re inclined, please feel welcome to contact us (email@example.com) and we can start planning this together.
In Summary, the schedule for the coming months is:
- November 12 – November 15, 2021, weekend retreat in the Netherlands
- January 28 – Feb 6, 10-day retreat in Belgium
- February 11 – Feb 20 – 10-day retreat in Netherlands
- Feb 25– March 6: 10-day retreat in the Italy
- March 2022, 10-day retreat in Mexico
- April 2022, 10-day Eastern retreat in northern California
- (tentative) April 29th, 2022 – May 8th, 10-day retreat in the UK
- May 2022, two 10-day retreats in Kyrgyzstan, registration link for starting May 21st and starting June 4th
Other possible locations for later in the year which are being considered, include UK, India and Singapore.
The online retreats have started again, using Zoom for individual interviews and group sessions, in which meditators can ask questions. They will either be guided by Delson or by Syl, and sometimes they will both be present . We have online retreats starting November 23rd, December 27th, and January 25th. For information and registration please go here
We have returned with Dhamma talks, which are live streamed to our YouTube channel. Schedule can be found here. Delson recently gave a talk about the basics of our practice, for a local Zen community in the Netherlands. It was well received and live streamed to YouTube. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/m2rb8dv5q08
Book A Mind Without Craving
We are working on the finishing touches of Delson’s first book A Mind Without Craving. We plan to publish the book in physical format and online distributions. In it you will find information valuable when doing a retreat, day by day. It may help you with a deeper understanding of the suttas and the practice itself. It contains explanations of key principles from the suttas and meditator experiences. If you would like to donate to make the publication possible, you can find more information here.
You can already preorder the Kindle version on Amazon.
On our Dāna page you can see the various projects we are currently working on, and to which you can donate. We’d like to highlight that Delson lives by the dhamma, and fully relies on dāna for his livelihood. Any contribution (one-time or recurring) is highly appreciated
Opportunities to meet fellow meditators and teachers
- You can join the Dhamma talks through Zoom, and ask questions afterwards.
- There are weekly Zoom group meetings that are recorded for our sister YouTube channel called the TWIM Meditators Support Group. Here, it starts with a meditation session, followed by either a Dhamma talk (different guest speakers), a topic to discuss, or a Q&A session. There is a temporary break until December 5. The information on how to join them is published on this Telegram Channel, where different opportunities for Dhamma are announced. While Telegram is a chat app, just like WhatsApp, this channel is purely for announcements of get-togethers, Dhamma talks, newly uploaded earlier talks, and more.
- There is a group on the web which has been around for many years. Here, practioners, teachers, and monastics discuss the practice and the dhamma.
- There is also a support group on Telegram, where the basics of the meditation practice, as well as suttas, are discussed in an informal way. This group is not publicly listed. To join, please mail your Telegram username and we will add you. You can also connect directly with Syl on Telegram at @Syl_6R
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to reach out to us. You can find the contact form on the website, and we will do our best to reply as soon as possible.
That’s it for now
Thank you for reading and for your ongoing support
Sādhu, Sādhu, Sādhu!
With mettā and a smile,
Koen, Khin, Pablo and Syl