9th February 2022

 Photo by Carol English


The full moon is not actually until the 16th but we shall celebrate our Upavastha Sangha Day this Saturday. The programme will be roughly as follows:

Full moon celebration.
11:00: Dharma Ocean Seminar: "How the Dharma Arrived in China"
14:00: Sangha Meetings
15:30: Nei quan & Chih quan: led meditation
16:30: Resolve for the month ahead
17:00: Service with readings
18:30: Upavastha readings & chanting until 22:00

This time, the Upavastha is open, so you do not need a ticket. The code is as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 892 9790 3728  -:-  Passcode: 891675


Both meetings are informal meetings for friendly discussion among Dharma practitioners on topical or personal matters.

Sunday 10:30 Interest Group
An informal meeting for all.
Meeting ID: 889 7491 2642  -:-  Passcode: 537296

Sunday 20:00,  GS Friendship Group
An informal meeting for all
Meeting ID: 873 9408 4532  -:-  Passcode: 519784


The programme is now well underway. We had our first online meetings last Saturday. Students have joined the online Forum and are starting to access the Classroom study material. There are currently 17 students and six staff members. In all, 15 countries are represented from all around the world.

Policy on late admissions: Students can be accepted on the present basis up to and including this coming weekend. This intake will then be closed. There will be a next intake, if there are sufficient people interested, in February 2023.

Course Meeting Times
The bulk of the study is via web pages accessible to students in their own time, and small group meetings which participants can arrange to mutual convenience. There will also by meetings led by staff as follows. Please note that these times are changed from those previous announced as we now have students from a wider range of time zones.

26th February: 10:00 & 20:00
19th March: 10:00 & 20:00
2nd April: 10:00 & 20:00
23rd April: 10:00 & 20:00
All times are Rome time zone.

If you are still thinking about joining either programme, do it immediately. It is not quite too late to join. Just go along to
and get your ticket and we will be in touch with you. Full details of the programmes are  in previous issues of the Newsletter or from Jisshas <[email protected]>

You can access recent past issues of the newsletter at

 Photo by Iris Dotan Katz


A small group are studying the history of the tradition. Last autumn we studied the transmission in India in the early centuries following the life of the Buddha. In the semester that is just starting there will be four study units covering the transmission of the teaching in China from the beginning of the common era up to the medieval period (13th century). This is a good course for gaining a deeper understanding of the way that the Dharma has spread and adapted to changing historical and social conditions. You can
still join this course: Tickets <>

Photo by David Brazier


The term sanra is a contraction of sangharama, which originally meant a sangha-park and came to be a term for a Buddhist monastery including its grove and land. The sanra is guarded by 18 celestials. These are the sanra devas. 

The earliest sanra was the Jetavana-Anathapindika Garden. Anathapindika was a rich man and Jetavana was a prince of Kosala. Both were ardent followers of Shakyamuni Buddha and gave an area of land south of the city to the Buddha as a base for the sangha. This became the first monastery and was the Buddha's head quarters for many years. Later in his life he moved to Vulture Peak, possibly for medical reasons as the latter included a spa.

The sanra is somewhat different from a Christian monastery in that the great majority of monks do not live there all the time. The basic conception of the life of the bhikshu is homelessness and mendicancy, so during most of the year most of the monks in Buddha's time travel, wandering from place to place, spreading the Dharma and helping local communities. In the rainy season they all gather together in the sanra. A small number of monks may stay put in the sanra to maintain the place, but they are a minority. Things have changed since those days.

"The Rains" thus becomes the name for an annual retreat and monks are expected to "keep the Rains" meaning that they participate in the Rains retreat each year. When a monk wants to know how long another monk has been practising since his ordination, he will ask "How many rains have you kept?"



Photo by Carol English


All times are Rome time zone

Tuesday 15:30, 15th February & every two weeks
- Dharmavidya
A time to be together and explore Dharma questions & practice  -:-  Meeting ID: 899 7087 5848

Tuesday 17:00-18:00, 22nd February & every two weeks
Italian Class
- Angela Romani  -:-  Meeting ID: 889 9850 0278  -:-  Passcode: 515887

Tuesday 18:00-19:00, 15th February & every two weeks
Italian Meeting - Incontro Italiano
- Angela Romani
Incontro di pratica e condivisione
Dettagli da Jisshas <[email protected]>

Wednesday  21:00, 9th & 23rd Feb & every two weeks
Dharma Bud: Peer learning and Dharma discussion
- Geeta Chari  -:-  Meeting ID: 858 9773 3604  -:-  Passcode: 108108 

Thursdays 16:30,
Readings from the Commentary on the Summary of Faith & Practice
- Dharmavidya & Priti Vaishnav
Meeting ID: 865 6362 0686  -:-  Passcode: 274590

Thursday  14:30, 10th February & every two weeks
IBAP Group
Codes separately notified

Thursday  19:00-20:30, 17th Feb & every two weeks
ITZI Supervision Group
- Iris Dotan Katz
For presentation, review and discussion of counselling/psychotherapy casework from a Buddhist psychology perspective.
Meeting ID: 818 8810 0021  -:-  Passcode: 153110

Fridays  19:30
Amitabha Service For the West 
- Vajrapala & Angela Romani
Meeting ID: 894 8069 9209   -:-   Passcode: 137836

Saturday 14:00, 19th February
Refuge Group
A group for those who have taken refuge. To join, please enquire via jisshas.
Codes separately notified.

Saturday 11:00-21:00, 12th February 
Uposattha Sangha Day
Including 11:00 Dharma Ocean Seminar
Sangha meetings, readings, sharing, puja, meditation & chanting
Tickets <>
Free to students on BP & DO courses.

Saturday 19:00, 26th February
Buddhist Psychology Seminar "Buddhist Psychology as Learning theory"
For students on BP course: codes separately notified

Sundays 10:30,
Global Sangha Interest Group
- Liz Allmark
An informal meeting for all.
Meeting ID: 889 7491 2642  -:-  Passcode: 537296

Sunday 12:30, 13th February
Golden Chain Meeting
Codes separately notified 

Sundays 20:00
GS Friendship Group
An informal meeting for all
Meeting ID: 873 9408 4532  -:-  Passcode: 519784


Jisshas <[email protected]> - for all general enquiries
Tickets <> - to book courses


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Dharma Ocean Buddhist Studies Programme <[email protected]>,
The Feeling Buddha on KoFi:
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IBAP & Buddhist Psychology Programme
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United Kingdom: Geeta Chari <[email protected]>,
France: Dharmavidya <[email protected]>,
Spain Pais Vasco: Ganendra <[email protected]>,
Spain Pais Vasco: Sonia Gobbato <[email protected]>
Spain: Nati Menendez <[email protected]>,
Italy: Angela Romani <[email protected]>
Latin America: Maya Choi <[email protected]>,
USA: Carol Corey <[email protected]>
Africa: Juline Smit <[email protected]>,
Israel: Iris Dotan Katz <[email protected]>,
India: Priti Vaishnav <[email protected]>,
Hong Kong: Nando Maril <[email protected]>,
Japan: Nita Kimiko <[email protected]>,

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