A Half-Day Online Retreat

The Magic of Mudita

March 5, 2022, 1 pm – 4 pm (Eastern)

Registration will close at noon the day before. A Zoom link will be sent that afternoon to all who are registered.

We usually hear about mudita, the 3rd of the Brahmaviharas or Divine Abidings, as an effective means for dispelling jealousy and dissolving resentment. The application of mudita, often translated as “Appreciative Joy” or “Altruistic Joy”, can certainly produce those results. Mudita practice helps us to be truly happy for others in their good fortune. When we take mudita practice to a deeper level, we begin to develop the habit of placing our attention on the goodness we find in ourselves, in others and in situations. We begin to deemphasize mistakes and faults that we may have previously habitually highlighted. During this daylong meditation retreat, we will explore how mudita can help us bring more joy and happiness into our lives, elevate the mind and support deepening our meditation.

Ayya Santussika entered monastic life as an anagarika (eight-precept nun) in 2005, then ordained as a samaneri (ten-precept nun) in 2010 and a bhikkhuni (311 rules) 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.

Ayya Santussika was born in Illinois in 1954 and grew up on a farm in Indiana. While being a single mother, she received BS and MS degrees in computer science. She worked as a software designer and developer for fifteen years in the Bay Area. Her search for deeper meaning and ways to be of service led her to train as an interfaith minister in a four-year seminary program that culminated in a Masters of Divinity degree. She began traveling in Asia in 1999, learning from master teachers, particularly in Thailand. It was these experiences, along with time spent at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in California that caused her faith to develop to the point of choosing to live and practice as a Theravada nun.

Registration and Dana

This event is freely offered by donation.

Dana:  Teachers and meditation centers are supported by your generosity, please visit our donation page to support this event>>.  Dana given in support of this event will be shared between the Karuna Buddhist Vihara where Ayya Santusska is resident monastic and Vermont Insight Meditation Center.

Registration Required:  Please register below.

Zoom Link Sent March 4th:   Once registrations close at noon on March 4th, an email will be sent with the Zoom link before 5 pm.  

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