Retreats


20.-22.3., 3.- 5.4., 17.-19.4., 29.-31.5., 12.-14.6.

Silent Retreat

Is it possible to survive 3-4 days without speaking, without a phone and television without even having eye contact with another human being?

Put your mobile phone aside and listen carefully. Meditation in silence is a way to positively change your life. You may have already meditated, spent a weekend in meditation seclusion, or even meditated for 10 days. Then you would know what it feels like not to be in the turmoil of controlling emails, responding to text messages, or being trapped in a feeling that you constantly need to answer to them. 

Allow yourself to spend time in seclusion from all these activities for a few days, just be in complete silence, where the only way of communication is the one with yourself. We would like to offer you a long weekend spent in silence.

What needs to be done?

1. Allow yourself to remind in silence and do not engage in verbal communication.
2. Turn off mobile phones and all the electronic devices that connect you to the outside world.
3. Be alone and listen to yourself in silent meditation and contemplation. Limit eye and verbal
contact with other participants.
4. Follow the daily routine and rules of the monastery (ārāma) throughout your stay. The rules
are designed for our protection and allowing a peaceful co-existence of all participants. They
guard your meditation practice so you can be with yourself and feel safe.

How can you benefit from meditation in silence?

1. Meditation in silence will teach you to see things as they are. Not how they should be, or how we want them to be.
2. You would learn how to meditate properly, how to gain self-control and deeper calm and peace of mind.
3. You would gain more inner space, overcome boredom and your life would become more meaningful.
4. You would learn to better understand your senses, how tastes, smells, hearing, touches, eye-images function. Sensations become more intense and meaningful. You can learn to appreciate more what you eat, or drink, even plain water.
5. You may understand your own suffering and suffering of others, the impermanence of pain and the fact that everything has a beginning and an end.
6. You have the option of dropping your addictions, by temporarily abandoning the constant talk, use of mobile phones, television, computer, by gaining more space from children or partners who require your constant attention, our minds calm down and slow down.
7. Meditation in silence will help you cope with the difficulties of everyday life, relieve depression, teach you how to live in the present moment - without being dependent on the noise
of modern life that makes us so tired and drained. 

When to arrive and where?

The seclusion in silence course will take place in the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena in the following terms above. Sign up now, the number of places is limited. 

We look forward to meeting you. For more information on accommodation and terms of stay, please visit our website.https://www.karunasevena.cz 

email: karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com


19. - 21. 3. 2020; 22. - 24.5. 2020

Meditation Weekends for Beginners with venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi

Place: ārāma Karuṇā Sevena Prostějov


For more information visit Facebook event or www.karunasevena.cz or contact karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com.


1. - 3. 5. 2020

Study and practice workshop on

"Mindfulness and satipaṭṭhāna in early Buddhist meditation" 

with venerable Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā

Place: Lotus Center

Registration: karuna.sevena.cz@gmail.com

Time: May 1 (Friday) and May 2 (Saturday) from 9 am to 6 pm, May 3 (Sunday) from 9 am to 4 pm

Format: non-residential
partial daily attendance possible (but not odd hours drop-ins)

Language: English (no Czech translation)

Teacher: Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā

Teacher's bio: Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā was born in Italy in 1980 and ordained as a Buddhist nun in Sri Lanka in 2012. Her teacher is the venerable Bhikkhu Anālayo. She divides her time between meditation practice and academic research on the early Buddhist texts and teachings and their doctrinal developments. Bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā serves as the director of the Āgama Research Group.

Workshop abstract:

This study and practice workshop is open to Buddhist practitioners of all traditions and backgrounds as well as to meditators with training in other mindfulness protocols. The workshop will explore the theoretical and practical understanding of mindfulness in light of the liberating teachings of early Buddhism. These teachings and their practical application differ in important aspects from the formulations proposed by the modern "vipassanā" schools in the Theravāda tradition, from the developments attested in the later Mahāyāna traditions, and from the conceptualisation of mindfulness popularised in the contemporary mindfulness movement.

Attendance prerequisites: basic familiarity with the Buddhist texts and teachings; meditation practice experience

Required readings:

1) Bhikkhu Anālayo, Satipaṭṭhāna, the direct path to realization, Windhorse, 2003, chaps. I-III, VI

=> freely available here

2) Bhikkhu Anālayo, Perspectives on satipaṭṭhāna, Windhorse, 2013, chaps. I-VI

=> freely available here

3) Bhikkhu Anālayo, Satipaṭṭhāna meditation, a practice guide, Windhorse, 2018, chaps. I-IV

=> available here (the relevant extract will be made privately available to the participants)

4) Bhikkhu Anālayo, "Nāma-rūpa", in K.T.S. Sarao and Jeffrey D. Long, Buddhism and Jainism

(Encyclopedia of Indian Religions), Springer, 2017, pp. 802-804.

=> this encyclopaedia entry will be made privately available to the participants

5) Bhikkhu Anālayo, "Viññāṇa", in in K.T.S. Sarao and Jeffrey D. Long, Buddhism and Jainism

(Encyclopedia of Indian Religions), Springer, 2017, pp. 1349-1351.

=> this encyclopaedia entry will be made privately available to the participants

7.8.2020 - 16.8.2020

Meditation Mettā & Vipassanā

with Visu Theo

Place: Meditation centrer Shanta Vana Snehov, Mala Skala

Visu Teoh has been practicing Dhamma since 1982. He was born in Penang in Malaysia, originally working as a journalist, and for 17 years he was a Theravada Buddhist monk. He practiced meditation under the guidance of many prominent teachers such as Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Lakhana, and bhante Sujiva. Visu currently teaches meditation in Europe and Asia. He will this year be in the Czech Republic for the tenth time. Visu puts great emphasis on integrating dhamma into everyday life, as well as cultivating loving-kindness, joy, and happiness on our path to freedom.

10-day retreat price: 7000 CZK - includes vegetarian breakfast, lunch and light dinner, accommodation and translation.

The course is held in compliance with noble silence and 5 ethical rules. Every evening is given Dhamma talk and meditation instruction.

Course application:

Please send the application form by email to the organizer: Julie Honysova (you can also call the number 732 643 016), email: julhonysova@volny.cz

More detailed information about the retreat and its schedule, what to bring and how to get there etc. will be sent to you about a month before the retreat starts. The structure and course of the meditation course is described in detail at Visu's website HERE

Upon agreement with the organizer, attendance may be shorter than 10 days.

 The place for the course is reserved for you after the deposit has been paid 2 000 CZK to account: 2400252847/2010. Supplement 5 000 CZK / CZK to the same account until 30.7.2020

When paying a deposit, please provide your name.