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September 14th at 10:15am, Guest Speaker Ayya Santacitta

aysntctaHartford Street is pleased to announce and invite you to a morning with a compassionate trailblazer  in the rebuilding of a lineage of ordained bhikkhunis, Ayya Santacitta.  Stemming originally from the Thai Forest Theravada tradition of Buddhism; the Nuns of Aloka Vihara are very well respected and frequently booked speakers/Dharma (Dhamma) teachers.  They reside currently in a Vihara near Ocean Beach in San Francisco practicing with a vibrant and dedicated Sangha and are working on the intention to found a training monastery for bhikkhunis in a rural setting on the West Coast.

Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria and has practiced meditation since 1988. Her first teacher was Ajahn Buddhadasa, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She has trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Since 2002, however she also integrates Dzogchen teachings into her practice.

Ayya Santacitta is co-founder of Aloka Vihara, a training monastery for women in San Francisco, where she has lived since 2009. In 2011, she received bhikkhuni ordination with Ayya Tathaaloka Theri as preceptor. She offers teachings at the vihara, as well as in the wider Bay Area and occasionally other parts of the US, sharing her experience in community as a means for cultivating the heart and opening the mind.

Please join us for this wonderful event and feel free to read more about the Sisters on their website and watch this very touching video about their work & lives!  Because the Nuns as part of their precepts must eat their final main meal of the day by noon Some of our Sangha will formally be offering a meal dana during our simultaneous offerings of tea and cookies.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), a brief drop-in meditation instruction at 8:30 am. And again zazen at 9:25 am. We wrap up with a dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by tea and cookies.

Please join us any Saturday and we hope to see you often and for this special Saturday event!

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UPDATE!: 13 April; Guest Speakers – Ayya Anandabodhi & Sister Jayati

NunsAVWe will have another delightful visit and talk from Ayya Anandabodhi and Sister Jayati (last visited in January 2013). Our original scheduled talk lead by Ayya Santacitta will be postponed to a future date.  Ayya Santacitta’s father Josef Bayer recently passed beyond peacefully in hospital in Austria, with his loving wife by his bedside. He was 84 and had been ill for some time.

Our deepest condolences; intentions sent for safe travel and wishing a beautiful reflection of memories and commemoration of life to Ayya Santacitta, family, friends, the Aloka Vihara and Saranaloka Sangha and we look forward to seeing her as soon as we can reschedule.  For now she is traveling to Austria to be with her family.

Please still plan to join us this Saturday as Ayya Anandabodhi  graciously offered to step in and provide our Dharma (Dhamma) talk, who we enjoyed tremendously in the recent past.

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UPDATED! Guest Speakers Sat, 5 Jan 10:15am.: Ayya Dhammadhira, Ayya Anandabodhi & Sister Jayati

We have an additional Bhikkhuni joining us this Saturday!

Please visit this link to read about the two San Francisco based Nuns and this event. Visit this link to view a very nicely produced video about the Nuns here in San Francisco’s work and lives and finally visit this third link to read about the wonderful last minute additon to the visiting Nuns home of Mahapajapati Women’s Monastery! (Ayya Dhammadhira)

We hope you can make this event and again bring a lunch to dine with the Nuns and prior to the council for those of you attending at 12:30pm!

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Guest Speakers, Sat. 5 Jan.: Ayya Anandabodhī & Sister Jayati

Hartford Street is pleased to announce and invite you to a morning with two Nuns who are compassionate trailblazers  in the rebuilding of a lineage of ordained bhikkhunis; stemming originally from the Thai Forest Theravada school of Buddhism . The Nuns of Aloka Vihara are very well respected and frequently booked speakers/Dharma (Dhamma) teachers.  They reside currently in a Vihara near Ocean Beach in San Francisco practicing with a vibrant and dedicated Sangha and are working on the intention to found a training monastery for bhikkhunis in a rural setting on the West Coast.

Ayya Anandabodhi first encountered the Buddha’s teaching in her early teens, which ignited a deep interest in the Buddha’s Path of Awakening. She has practiced meditation since 1989, and lived in Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries in the UK from 1992 for 18 years.

Sister Jayati was born in England in 1974. She first encountered the Buddha’s teachings at the age of twelve while attending a retreat with the F.W.B.O.(Friends of the Western Buddhist Order). She felt a deep sense of resonance with the teachings on Metta and made a commitment to cultivate this in her life.

Please join us for this wonderful event and feel free to read more about the Sisters on their website.  Beacuse the Nuns as part of their precepts must eat their final main meal of the day by noon and the HSZC Sangha Council follows at 12:30PM, please bring your lunch and join us for lunch at Hartford Street with the Nuns following  the talk, during simotaneous offerings of tea and cookies.

Every Saturday we offer early morning zazen (seated meditation), a brief drop-in meditation instruction at 8:30 am. And again zazen at 9:25 am. We wrap up with a dharma talk at 10:15 am followed by tea and cookies. Please join us any Saturday and we hope to see you often and for this special Saturday event!

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