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Seeing Clearly the Path to Peace: two day-long retreats with Ayya Santacitta and Venerable Dhammadipa

September 14, 2019 - September 15, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 15. 2019      9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Buddha spoke of four distortions of perception that keep us from finding our way to a more happy and peaceful life. He called them ‘distortions’ because we often perceive things mistakenly, all the while thinking we are seeing them correctly. During these two days, we will investigate this process and cultivate more beneficial and realistic ways of seeing.

Participants are highly encouraged to attend both days of the retreat.


Ayya Santacitta has practiced meditation for 30 years and trained as a nun in both the East and West since 1993, primarily in the Theravada Forest Tradition. She is co-founder of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery and received Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2011.


Venerable Dhammadipa has been a resident of Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery since 2017. She went forth as a Theravada samaneri in 2018. A Dharma Heir in the Shunryu Suzuki lineage of Soto Zen, she was ordained a Zen nun in 2007, after 20 years of lay practice. Ven. Dhammadipa is also an inter-faith hospice chaplain and a mother.

Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery is located near Placerville, California. Visit the monastery’s website of to learn more about the monastery and its history. Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery


Please refer to the attached flyer for additional information about the retreat.

On Saturday, immediately following the retreat, Ayya Santacitta and Venerable Dhammadipa will join retreat participants for tea.



September 14, 2019
September 15, 2019
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