Finding our Compassion & Strength in the Struggle for Justice


Finding our Compassion & Strength in the Struggle for Justice

A Human Agenda Retreat with Sister Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni

May 24–26     San Mateo County Memorial Park

All of us who work to help others need to discover and develop our compassion, inner stability and strength. The more we can reside in unshakeable peace ourselves, the more powerful our participation becomes.

This weekend camping retreat will incorporate the things we love doing outdoors, like camping and hiking, with teachings and practices for developing inner strength.

We will learn new meditation techniques to provide a solid, daily meditation practice. We will explore and discover practices for mastering emotions, especially those most likely to arise as we do our work: frustration, anger, sadness, grief, fear, even fatigue.  We will also look at how our habits help support our heath and strength or detract from it and how we can develop habits that strengthen us.

Teachings will be given by Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni (aka Sister Santussika).

This Human Agenda Retreat will commence with an evening meal at 6:00 on Friday, May 24 and end at 3:00 pm on Sunday, keeping Monday free for you!  Participants are welcome to stay for all or part of the retreat, but more is better to gain the inner strength we all seek. Space is limited.    A fee of $40 per person will be charged for food and camping.  Please contact Elizabeth Sarmiento at 650-704-3462 or es.peace@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni lived in various monasteries in Asia beginning in 1999 learning from master teachers, particularly in Thailand.  She was first ordained in 2005 and trained in the Ajahn Chah tradition in both England and America.  She currently lives at Karuna Buddhist Vihara in Millbrae, CA, a new monastery based on the teachings of the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi. She is on the board of directors for Buddhist Global Relief.  Before becoming a Buddhist nun, Ayya Santussika raised her son and daughter while working as a computer engineer in Silicon Valley.