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6-DAY Retreat/Trip: Finding Silence in Italy

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Terzo di Danciano

58 Strada Provinciale Val di Pierle

52044 Mercatale

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A Meditation Retreat and Monastic Pilgrimage in the Heart of Italy

Italy has an ancient monastic history, dating back over 1500 years; the practice of living a spiritual life in community with others has long been present in the culture, and has made a deep mark on its cultural landscape. This summer we’ll be spending a week participating in that tradition of tranquility in two ways: by engaging in a silent meditation retreat led by Buddhist monk Bhante Suddhāso; and by visiting several of the oldest monasteries in Italy – still fully functional – starting with the Franciscans of Assisi and moving on to explore other ancient places of contemplation throughout Umbria and Tuscany.

Right in the heart of Italy, Umbria is a region known for its rolling hills, majestic mountains, and historic villages – including the world-famous Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis: a Christian monk known for his practice of poverty and his deep compassion for animals. It’s also known for its slow-paced, peaceful lifestyle – which perhaps makes it unsurprising that it has so often been chosen as the ideal place for spiritual retreat. We’ll be diving into the tranquility of the region with a traditional Buddhist meditation retreat, during which we’ll spend our days doing sitting meditation and walking meditation, listening to Dharma talks and engaging in Q&A sessions, and soaking in the peaceful splendor of nature. And when we’re not engaging in our own monastic practice, we’ll be venturing out to explore monasteries in the region to see how a life of concentration, contemplation, and compassion has been lived in the area for over a thousand years.

(For more info and pics, please visit: http://buddhistinsights.com/italian-silence/

WHAT IS INCLUDED

-6 days, 5 nights
-5 Nights accommodation at Terzo di Danciano
-Daily Meditation Sessions
-2 Days of Intensive Meditation sessions
-Three meals a day made with organic food locally sourced in Tuscany
-Shared Transportation to/from Rome Airport
-Field-Trips to Assisi and Christian monasteries
-Local Hiking and Meditation Sessions
-Free Time to enjoy the pool and the Tuscan countryside

ABOUT THE TEACHER:

Bhante Suddhāso is a Buddhist monk living in New York City, ordained in both the Theravāda and Soto Zen traditions of Buddhism. He has studied under the guidance of some of the most important names in Western Buddhism, including Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Vīradhammo, Bhante Gunaratana, Rev. Myo Denis Lahey, Rev. Ryushin Paul Haller, and Rev. Tenshin Reb Anderson. Bhante Suddhāso was initially trained in Soto Zen Buddhism at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. Subsequently, he was ordained at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California, where he was trained in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravāda Buddhism. Since then he has lived at a variety of monasteries from different Buddhist traditions in both rural and urban environments. A dedicated teacher, Suddhāso has taught to people of all different ages and walks of life, as well as college students of universities like Harvard, New York University, Fordham University, and Sarah Lawrence College. The co-founder of Buddhist Insights, an organization designed to connect people with Buddhist monks and nuns, his work aims to convey Buddhist concepts and their practical applicability to everyday life. www.bhantesuddhaso.com


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