Saturday Morning Dhamma Talk and Q&A with Ayyā Santussikā & Ayyā Cittānandā (Online & In-Person)
Saturday, June 22nd, 9:30 am – noon at Amistad School’s Skinner Auditorium by St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1501 10th Ave E. Those unable to attend in-person are also welcome to tune in via Zoom or YouTube livestream. To participate in chanting, use this online Chanting Book.
Join us for a Dhamma talk followed by questions & answers with Ayyā Santussikā, Ayyā Cittānandā, Ajahn Kovilo & Ajahn Nisabho! Co-founders of Karuna Buddhist Vihara, respected teachers, and long-time friends and advisors of Clear Mountain, Ayyā Santussikā, Ayyā Cittānandā are known for their compassionate teachings grounded in practice and the early Discourses.
Each Saturday from 9:30 am – noon, local practitioners gather together at Amistad School’s Skinner Auditorium at the 1501 10th Ave E, across the North parking lot from Saint Mark’s cathedral, for a community meditation, teaching, and coffee social. Gatherings begin with a guided sit from 9:30 – 10 am designed to accommodate and empower a wide variety of practices, from Buddhist meditation to centering prayer. The morning continues with a Dhamma teaching and Q&A from 10 – 11 followed by a chance, for those who want, to discuss life and practice over coffee from 11 – noon. In the spirit of Dhamma, all teachings are offered completely free of charge, with nothing expected in return, though those inspired may give in-person or online. For directions and information on what to bring, see below. Additionally, if one wishes to offer food for the monastics’ daily meal, they may arrive at 9 am to do so. As alms mendicants, they accept what is offered, though some try to maintain a vegetarian or vegan diet. Those unable to attend in-person are welcome to tune in via Zoom or YouTube livestream. Welcome!
What to Bring
A cushion to sit on if you want, though chairs will be available as well, and your love of practice!
Those driving may enter the campus at the north between the cathedral and the St. Nicholas Building – the location of the Gage Academy and Seattle Amistad School. They may then drive all the way to the back of the cathedral. Parking is free for Clear Mountain attendees even though signs in the lot indicate payment is required. If the “carriage gateway” behind the St. Nicholas building is open, participants are encouraged to park there. We encourage the use of public transportation when convenient, and the Seattle bus #49 stops at the corner of 10th Ave. and E Galer, just north of the meeting place.
Meeting ID: 829 0911 4254 / Passcode: 917562
Ayya Santussikā entered monastic life as an anagarika (eight-precept nun) in 2005, then ordained as a samaneri in 2010 and a bhikkhunī in 2012 at Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles. She has trained in large and small communities of nuns, including Amaravati and Chithurst monasteries of the Ajahn Chah tradition in England, and is one of the founders of Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Boulder Creek, CA, where she leads the community with Ayya Cittānandā.
After being inspired in 2005 by a college philosophy class, Ayya Cittānandā lived as a monastic at a small Chan monastery in Florida until moving to California, where she worked for two years while making daily visits to Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery. In 2013, she began looking for a place to ordain, spending time at numerous monasteries before taking the anagarika precepts at Karuna Buddhist Vihara in 2015, samaneri ordination in 2016, and bhikkhunī ordination in 2018.
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