August 2018 Update

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August 2018

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As in the inner world 
equanimity spreads, 
the actions of body, speech 
and mind are transformed. 

–S.N. Goenka

Management and Operations Positions Open at Dhamma Patapa

Dhamma Patapa is searching for mature, serious, old students who would like to join the management and operations teams. One maintenance manager will be leaving the end of August and one center manager will be leaving in the near future.  These are unique opportunities to contribute to support the teaching of Vipassana and provide leadership for the Southeast Vipassana Center while developing one’s own practice within a structured and supportive environment.
For more information on open positions for Center Manager, Maintenance Coordinator, and Course Operations Coordinator, please click here.

Upcoming Annual Old Student Meeting Nov 2 – 4

We hope you’ll be able to attend this year’s Annual Old Student Meeting! 

As in year’s past, this is a special time for old students to gather to get to know one another in a more relaxed setting. There is also the opportunity to learn more about the center and participate in group discussions.  The theme this year is “Every Day Dhamma”. There will be a discussion reflecting on the Eightfold Noble Path in our practice and daily lives as well as an afternoon devoted to discussing topics chosen by old students in attendance in small group settings.  For the full agenda, please click here.

As in the past, we’ll begin with a fun and unique icebreaker that fuses some Pali words and individual introductions. During the annual Trust meeting, Trust and Committee members will make presentations about the past year and goals for the next.  There will be ample time to visit with other old students and ATs, sit together, and to enjoy delicious meals at a more leisurely pace.

Benefits of attending that old students have commented upon are enjoying meeting with old and new friends, discussing thought provoking topics, learning about center development and spending time with center management.

 The Annual Old Student Meeting is truly a wonderful time to either attend or serve, to strengthen one’s practice, and expand one’s Dhamma community. We hope to see you!

You may apply here
CLARIFICATION: Some people who apply to attend the Annual Old Student Meeting have been confused about the designation of “server”, as they are accustomed to attending courses and/or serving when they come to the center. An additional source of confusion is with the application process which only allows students to apply to serve. Unless we contact you directly about serving in the kitchen, you will be enrolled to attend the meeting.

Open Space concept being explained at 2017’s meeting where those in attendance choose the topics discussed in small groups.

Fall Dhamma Service Period Sept 30-Oct 9

Our next Dhamma Service Period  will be September 30th – October 9th. These service periods are a great opportunity to connect with other meditators and serve together. Please join us during the cooler weather as we work on deeper cleaning, construction, landscaping, and other projects.

Please see the article below regarding current center development plans that outlines HVAC duct repairs and a sound proofing project that will be accomplished during the service period. 

There will be a 1-day course October 6th.  We will also be getting ready for our annual 20-day course which begins October 9th. 

You may apply full-time or part-time here.

 

Current Center Development Plans

Along with the primary Phase III goal of increasing the number of bedrooms for students, there are a number of relatively low cost changes to various support systems that are also part of the Phase III plan. These include the following:

     A. Increasing dining space for students. The Center Development Committee (CDC) is considering renovating the current male server quarters so that it could be used for male dining. It is also considering the purchase of a 9 x 35 ft temporary office trailer for use as female dining. These changes would allow one row of counter tops to be removed in each of the the dining rooms reducing congestion.

     B. Reducing stress and crowding in the kitchen space. CDC is considering the purchase and installation of a walk-in refrigerator / freezer as a way to reduce noise in the kitchen and free up space for server dining and more work tables in the kitchen. CDC is also considering reducing the number of server beds in the kitchen building from 8 to 2.

     C. Increasing the number of bedrooms for course servers and long-term servers by doing a low cost experiment to create flex housing in the current women’s residence.  This would be accomplished by modifying the three end rooms of the current women’s residence for use by female servers when the number of female servers is relatively high the number of female students is relatively low, i.e. decided upon a course by course basis.  The modification includes sound proofing and repairing a long standing HVAC duct issue and will cost approximately $1,000. 

Eventually all servers will have accommodations in the current women’s residence. This is a first step toward that goal by having access to the three end rooms when there is an abundance of female servers and not enough space in the long term server cabins and the number of female students is relatively low.

 An estimate for all of the projects listed would be approximately $40,000. Compared with the cost of a new residence, this is a smaller amount – but not affordable yet.  

Local Group Sittings

Local group sittings inspire and support both old and newer students who are growing in Dhamma. Goenkaji emphasized that daily sittings play an important role in producing the beneficial effects of Dhamma in our day-to-day life. Local group sittings help provide motivation and support to old students in keeping up with their daily practice.  Please consult the website– (username: oldstudent password: behappy) for up-to-date information, times and locations of group sittings throughout the Southeast.

When you attend these group sittings, you are meditating with fellow students and gaining strength from each other on a regular basis. When meditators practice the same technique, it gives tremendous support and encouragement to all the participants. Although these group sittings are particularly helpful for the old students who find maintaining their daily practice a challenge, they are very helpful for the well established meditators as well.

There are still many cities and towns in the Southeast region without local group sittings. If you would like to host an official group sitting in your area, download the application and guidelines here. Once official, the group sitting information will be posted on the website so more students may attend.

If you are not ready to host an official group sitting, but are interested in connecting with other interested old students in your area – please send an email to sevagroupsittings@gmail.com with your name, town and email address. We will add you to a confidential database and introduce you via email when new old students enter your region.

If you are interested in helping organize a 1-Day course in your area conducted by an Assistant Teacher, please send an email to manager@patapa.dhamma.org with the subject line “1-Day course and your name”.

Also – there is a page on the old student section of the Dhamma Patapa website that lists all of the non-center courses taking place throughout the Southeast region.  Just log in to the old student section of the site (login oldstudent, password behappy) and click on non-center courses.  Here’s a link to that page as well.

 

Words of the Buddha

 
Knowing that the other person is angry,
one who remains mindful and calm
acts for one’s own best interest
and for the other’s interest, too.

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.188

Old Students who live within 1-2 hours of Dhamma Patapa

Each year the Center Plan includes the long-term idea of building a strong old student community close to the Center in order to support and sustain Dhamma Patapa for the years to come. The Second Nature Land Cooperative next to the center is growing, however, many old students may not be able to move to the area.

If you are an old student who would like to become more active in the Center’s activities, or if you have ideas for developing and implementing a plan to engage existing old students who live relatively close to the Center, please contact the Inreach/Outreach coordinator at sevagroupsittings@gmail.com

Service Opportunities

Dhamma service is one of the most valuable experiences for a student of Vipassana. Dhamma service provides a way to apply Vipassana while interacting and working with other meditators. Many old students have found such service also strengthens their meditation practice and provides an opportunity to express their gratitude by helping people without expecting anything in return. 

All courses at Dhamma Patapa require old students to facilitate the smooth running of the courses. Dhamma service can be provided in the following three ways: short-term, sit-and-serve program, and long-term service. (Read on to learn more about the many ways to serve at the center.)

Short-Notice Server Roster (SNSR)

What it is: The SNSR is comprised of servers in the Southeast region who are willing to be a part of an e-mail list that we will use when we need Dhamma workers.

What it is not: By joining the SNSR you are not committing to serving on short-notice; only to receive the e-mails we send when needing Dhamma workers.

If you are interested in joining the roster, please e-mail sevc.centermanager@gmail.com with the subject titled ‘Short-Notice Server Roster’

Upcoming Non-center Courses

Old students are welcome to check the website for non-center courses announced by local group sitting hosts. These announcements may be for 1-day courses, children’s courses, or extended group sittings.

Specifically for Central and South Florida area old students: you may subscribe to receive a list of future courses and announcements by sending an email to south-florida-info@patapa.dhamma.org

July 1st marked the first 1-day Vipassana course at Midway Dhamma House in Gulf Breeze, FL, near Pensacola. Six old students participated in the successful course and expressed their gratitude for the opportunity and interest in doing it again. The 1-day courses run from 10am – 5pm. In addition to weekly group sittings, 1-day courses will be offered monthly at this location. For upcoming dates please check the non-center course page in the old student section of the website and/or contact the hosts directly at kostyaandcori@gmail.com.

Check out non-center courses on the Old Student section of the website (username: oldstudent, password: be happy)

View Non-Center Courses

Technology Tools

Dhamma.org Mobile App

The Dhamma.org Mobile App for iOS devices, iPhones and iPads is now available for download at https://www.dhamma.org/en-US/about/mobile-app and at the iTunes Store. Note that a download link to the App is also available at the bottom of the front page of the www.dhamma.org website for the convenience of students. The Dhamma.org Mobile App for Android is now available by going to https://www.dhamma.org/. The Dhamma.org Mobile App provides information about Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin and makes it easy to discover and apply for courses worldwide. Old Students in this tradition will be able to use this App to support their daily practice and further their lifelong development in Dhamma. General features:

  • Learn more about Vipassana Meditation
  • Find locations near you that offer Vipassana Meditation courses from a complete worldwide listing or map of over 300 locations spread across 80+ countries
  • Locate Vipassana Meditation courses using search criteria such as dates, regions, and instruction languages
  • Apply and register to attend a Vipassana Meditation course

Features for Old Students (accessible by logging in as “oldstudent” and password “behappy”):

  • One hour group sitting recordings in 25+ different languages
  • Play group sitting recordings with an option to log your daily sittings Dhamma.org does not collect this data. All logged data is only stored locally on your device.
  • Old Student reference materials to guide your practice including the 10-day discourse summaries.

NEW!  Dhamma Discourses: http://www.discourses.dhamma.org/

A new website has been established  to make discourses available to old students as they continue to grow in Dhamma. The site provides authenticated access to the authorized materials of Goenkaji, while discouraging the use of unauthorized copies on the internet.  Old students in our tradition can access the site using the usual username and password.

During Goenkaji’s lifetime, he allowed old students to distribute discourses in different languages at no charge or minimally charge only for the cost of hard media.  Similarly, this website will enable old students to obtain electronic access to the discourses for the 10-day, 3-day, and Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta courses in all available languages free of charge. 

Free distribution is consistent with Goenkaji’s express and stated goal to support old students in developing their Vipassana Meditation practice. It will also help ensure that the spread of Dhamma continues in the purity that Goenkaji had envisioned and encouraged, and to which he dedicated his life.
 

Virtual Daily Group Sittings

The virtual group sitting program has been designed to provide motivation and support for old students in keeping up with their daily practice. In this program, you are ‘virtually sitting’ and meditating with fellow students and gaining strength from each other on a daily basis. When many meditators practice the same technique at the same time, it gives tremendous support and encouragement to all the participants. Although this program is particularly helpful for the old students who find maintaining their daily practice a challenge, it is also very helpful for the well established meditators. All old students are welcome to participate in this flexible and user friendly program to strengthen their daily practice. It has been designed to give you the flexibility to join late or leave early without worrying about disturbing the other meditators. These virtual daily group sittings are complementary and not a replacement for the existing weekly and monthly group sittings that are already happening in your communities. If you wish to participate in this program, please click on the following link to register for the Virtual Daily Group Sitting program.  Once we receive your information, all the necessary details about the program will be sent to you including timings of the virtual daily group sittings, various ways of connecting to these daily sittings etc.

Resources and Useful Links

Dhamma Patapa Website
Give Dana/Donation
Center Wish List
Long-Term Server Program
Vipassana International Newsletter
Pariyatti: Audio and Books

Dhamma Patapa Facebook Page 

Follow us on Facebook for updates on Dhamma Patapa:  (Log in to Facebook before clicking icon)

If you would like to contribute to the Dhamma Patapa Update, either with a recent photo of the center or an article idea, please email manager@patapa.dhamma.org

International Vipassana Newsletter

The March 2018 issue of the International Vipassana Newsletter is now available online. For your reading in this issue:

Feature Article:  Suffering and Real Happiness

What is the impact of experiencing our own ephemeral nature? How does this realization lead to true inner peace? Sayagyi U Ba Khin explains in a lecture given early in his teaching years to a Western audience in Yangon, Myanmar. Extract from What Buddhism Is.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Take a whirlwind trip around the world and find out about what Vipassana meditators were doing in 2017 or have planned for 2018. See our online issue for more.

Worldwide News:
Poland’s Dhamma Pallava Opens for Courses
Dhamma Korea is Growing
La casa del Dhamma, Medellín, Colombia
Nepal’s Dharmashringa Celebrates Buddha Purnima

Also on our website:
Interview with Rivers Cuomo
How Silent Meditation Helped Me Succeed at Work

Grateful Commemoration- Dhamma friends who recently passed away.

To view or download the issue, go to our website:www.news.dhamma.org (username oldstudent, password behappy).

The online International Newsletter site is updated as we have new material to post. Every three to four months, we publish some of that material in a printable PDF issue. Please check regularly for updates, or subscribe to our RSS feed to receive notification automatically whenever we post something. You can also subscribe to receive email notification when a PDF issue is published.

Please also consider contributing material for posting. It could be a news story, photos, your own reminiscences or more. Write to editor@news.dhamma.org.

Copyright 2018 Southeast Vipassana Center, All rights reserved.
Southeast Vipassana Center

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Jesup, GA 31546
(912) 588-1033


This notice is sent to old students of Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka in the North American Old Student Contact Database. You may also receive occasional messages from centers and newsletters via this database.

 


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