Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We are searching for regular donors to support ārāma Karuṇā Sevena

Dear friends,

I address you on behalf of Trust Society Karuna Sevena, whose main objective is to support the access to the Dhamma teaching to practitioners in the Central Europe and to provide assistance for the life and practice of Venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi in the Czech Republic.

Ārāma (monastic dwelling) Karuṇā Sevena and a adjacent house for lay practiseners Viveka have been splendidly restored and renovated and an uneasy task set by the Trust Society Karuna Sevena was carried out with success. We believe that we took this challenging project on very well, and together with volunteers, we have made ārāma thrive. We have adjusted it to suit the needs of practitioners interested in a serious meditation practice and created a quiet meditation space that is very hard to find in the present world. Nonetheless, without you and your support, the life of the ārāma and venerable Visuddhi’s stay in the Czech Republic may soon cease, unfortunately. The future existence of the ārāma is reliant on whether we are able to gather sufficient financial support regularly to keep it going, or not. Currently only a small number of groups or individuals make a regular or one-off contribution, that way venerable Visuddhi is able to reside in the Czech Republic.

The minimum amount that we need to secure monthly on energies and water in both ārāma and Viveka, mortgage for Viveka, venerable’s health insurance, medical and travel expenses, and daily living is 2,000 EUR. Unfortunately, at the moment, the support is less than half of the proposed amount. If you are interested in supporting our cause, please, kindly consider your options and make a regular or one-time donation to support the life of venerable Visuddhi in the Czech republic. Let’s allow a person whose vocation is to help others, cultivate loving-kindness and practice Dhamma, stay with us. If venerable Visuddhi is of great importance to you as it is to us – the committee, members and volunteers of Trust Society Karuna Sevena – please support us.

Any contribution counts 
We greatly appreciate your generosity and understanding of the consequences that your contribution will make. Send your regular monthly donation of 5 EUR, 10 EUR, 25 EUR, 50 EUR, 100 EUR or more - to the following bank account to support projects and activities of Karuna Sevena (state „For Trust Society Karuna Sevena“ in the payment note):
Bank Account number: 6855679001/5500, IBAN: CZ495500000000685567900, 
SWIFT: RZBCCZPP6855804001/5500.

If you want to be mentioned as a donor on our web page and in the thank-you letter we send annually, please state your name when sending your donation. There is also a possibility for you to share your personal experience and what it means to you that a bhikkhunī resides in the Czech Republic, the way she might inspire you leading a holy life, her kind and compassionate heart and development of loving-kindness. Send your email to: Written contributions will be published in the upcoming article on our webpage. If you would like to invite venerable Visuddhi to a public Dhamma talk once the vassa (reain retreat period) ends at the end of October (for example to elementary, high school or university students, or those interested in Buddha‘s teaching), please write your request to

We will keep you updated on the venerable Visuddhi’s programme on our website Karuṇā Sevena.
You can read here about the Bases of Meritorious Action and a Dakkhiṇāvibhanga Sutta on generosity, where Buddha talks about how the good deeds bring out good outcomes in the present life or in the lives to come. For those of us who do not meditate so much this could be a step in the right direction towards doing good in life and cultivating generosity.

Thank you for your support and sharing.

Ivona, The Trust Society Karuna Sevena


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spring and summer in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena

Dear friends,

we hope that you are having a wonderful summer. Please allow us to update you with some exciting news from Karuna Sevena. 

As soon as Viveka was opened this spring, we were presented with an opportunity to welcome several monastic visitors here: the venerable bhikkhu Sarana in May and a group of bhikkhus: ven. bhikkhu Vinīta, ven. bhikkhu Punneji and our dear and beloved teacher ven. Bhante Pemasiri Thera from Sri Lanka.

During the one week stay in the ārāma at the beginning of June this year, Bhante Pemasiri Thera offered on request individual meditation instructions to the lay practitioners and also a small number of public talks. His presence and Dhamma talks have been a great inspiration to us. We would like to thank bhante Vinīta and bhikkhunī Visuddhi for their translation and assistance with the Dhamma discussions and also to all lay practitioners who were taking care of the venerables and supported their monastic life. We are very grateful to Bhikkhu Sīlavansa for his help prior and during Bhante Pemasiri's visit. Special thanks goes to Ms. Michaela Spohrova and Mr. Jirka Vrana.

You can find here pictures of the monks‘ stay in the ārāma and here subsequent visit of venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi in Slovakia and then Vienna in the Dhamma centre of Bhante Sīlavansa. More photos from our activities you can find in the Photo gallery section on the Karuna Sevena webpage.

Vassa in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena

Venerable Visuddhi will live in a seclusion during the vassa period, that is from mid-July to mid-October, and during this period she will not be answering your e-mails or questions and comments. The same goes for me, I will withdraw from e-mail communication and will answer only once a week or two. Thank you for your understanding.

We would like to offer those, who already stayed in the ārāma, to come during the vassa period for a meditation seclusion and your own practice – mind that you need follow the rules and the Daily Schedule as during a regular stay. The only difference is that venerable Visuddhi will not guide your meditation or give you instructions. Make the most of this opportunity during the holidays. You have a unique opportunity to practice and, please, do not forget to take care of our bhikkhunī :-)

The last chance to stay for meditation seclusion and hear the Dhamma from venerable Visuddhi before the vassa begins, would be during the coming weekend of 8 – 9thJuly. You can come to the ārāma, meditate and listen to the Dhamma from venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī. Dhamma discussion would be topical and aimed at meditation practice supported by sutta interpretation and by explanation of some of the basic Buddhist terms. We cordially invite all those interested, no matter how experienced, be it a beginner or an advanced practitioner. You can come anytime on Saturday 8th July after 10 o'clock and stay for as long as you like only to hear the Dhamma talk (always at the fixed time 6 pm) or you can stay for a meditation practice till Sunday evening ca. 6 pm. Please, let us know by email in advance: when you will be coming and for how long you will be staying. Please, follow the latest news on or in facebook and read the Terms of stay in the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena.

On behalf of Karuna Sevena I wish you a nice holiday and a relaxed summer.

President of Karuṇā Sevena

Ivona Swan, MBA

ārāma Karuṇā Sevena in Prostějov, Czech Republic

Dhamma zentrum Nyanaponika in Vienna, Austria

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Vesākha celebration 2560

Dear friends,

We invite you to take a look at a photo gallery from this year's Vesākha celebration and Viveka opening in ārāma Karuṇā Sevena. 

You can find more pictures and enjoy the cheerful atmosphere here: 

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Validity of bhikkhunī Ordination by bhikkhus Only, According to the Pāli Vinaya

Dear friends,
here is a article by ven. bhikkhu Anālayo. In this paper bhikkhu Anālayo argues that bhikkhunī ordination carried out by bhikkhus only, “single ordination”, is according to the Pāli Vinaya a legally valid procedure in a situation in which, due to the non-existence of a community of bhikkhunīs, the standard procedure of granting “dual ordination” by both communities is not possible.
Alongside the article, the venerable wrote an open, covering letter in response to the position on the alleged illegality of bhikkhunī ordination held by Ajahn Ṭhānissaro.

The upasampadā of Mahāprajāpatī Gautamī in the Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya and a sūtra Quotation in Śamathadeva’s Abhidharmakośopāyikā-ṭīkā

Dear friends,

here is a just published article by ven. bhikkhunī Dhammadinnā containing a brief discussion and translation of the Tibetan Mūlasarvāstivāda Vinaya version of the upasampadā of Mahāprajāpatī Gautamī as well as of a parallel version in a Tibetan Abhidharma commentary (a repertory of the sūtra quotations) whose Sanskrit original is now lost. The article makes available the text in English translation. This was the only version so far unavailable in Western languages. The introduction offers a Vinaya-based perspective different from that of the prevalent gendered discourse surrounding the garudhammas (gurudharmas in Sanskrit).

Monday, May 1, 2017

Invitation to celebration of Vesākha on May 13, 2017 in the ​ār​āma​ Karuṇā Sevena.

Dear friends,

We would like to cordially invite you to join us at the celebration of the most important Buddhist holiday of the year, Vesākha, which will take place on May 13, 2017  in the ​ār​āma​ Karuṇā Sevena.

On this day,  the Vesākha reminds us about the Birth, Awakening and Enlightenment of Siddhattha Gotama - the Buddha. We have a possibility to listen to the Dhamma, meet the monastic Saṅgha and share with friends from Karuṇā Sevena.

Karuṇā Sevena will host our residing venerable bhikkhunī Visuddhi therī and welcome two monastic guests. It is an ancient tradition to donate gifts to monks and nuns on the Vesākha celebration. This act of your generosity (dāna) brings better life conditions for the monastic Saṅgha, helps to your own feelings of joy and leads to your better kamma.

The celebration will take place in our completely redesigned ārāma Karuṇā Sevena and also in Viveka - a residence for  visitors of the ​ār​āma. As part of the program, we will officially open Viveka with a little ceremony. Numerous people worked very hard on this magnificent project of reconstructing Karuṇā Sevena for nearly six years and overcame many challenging obstacles. Therefore, our joy from the accomplishment is enormous.

We would like to invite all interested parties to join us at this joyful even and/or support our ongoing project of creating a beautiful space of quiet contemplation and meditation, a place created for dwelling, quieting one’s mind and reflexion.

Place: The ārāma Karuṇā Sevena, Slezská 3, Prostejov, CZ, E.U.
Time of celebration: Saturday 13th of May 2017, from 9AM

Programme of the day:

9:00 Preparation of the celebration
11:00 Buddha Pūja and receiving of a Triple Gem refuge
11:30 Dāna
13:00 Chanting: Blessing of Viveka
14:00 Dhammadesanā (Dhammatalk)
16:00 Tea Time (Dhamma discussion)
17:00 Cleaning
19:00 Meditation and individual practice

Those of you, who would like to help with preparation of celebration, please, come on Friday, May 12.  The celebration will be prepared of your gifts and vegetarian food that you bring with you, and it will be cooked in Viveka prior the event.

Please, let us know if you are planning on coming so that we can better organize and arrange the event.

VIEW pictures from last year's celebration.

We are looking forward to meeting you in the Dhamma!

Much mett​ā

President of​​ Karuṇ​​​​ā Sevena

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pictures from the Meditation Course for Beginners and Newcomers

Dear Friends,

during the second weekend in March, a meditation course for beginners and newcomers took place in the ārāma Karuṇā Sevena. An atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. New meditators were slowly adjusting to the rules of the monastery, received a meditation instruction for sitting and walking meditation from venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi Therī and asked a lot of questions during individual interviews and an interesting evening Dhamma talk. The practitioners also helped to prepare ārāma's garden and pond for the spring, which we really appreciate. Special thanks belongs to Klarka Adamova, who organized beautifully the entire course and was the right hand of venerable Bhikkhunī Visuddhi.

Here is the photo gallery from the weekend.

Have a beautiful day!
President of Karuna Sevena
Ivona Mollberg