Ayya Santacitta was born in Austria and did her graduate studies in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on dance, theatre and ritual. She also worked in avant-garde dance theatre as a performer and costume designer. In 1988 she met Ajahn Buddhadasa in southern Thailand, who sparked her interest in Buddhist monastic life. She trained as a nun in England and Asia from 1993 until 2009, primarily in the lineage of Ajahn Chah. Since 2002, she has also received teachings in the lineage of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Ayya Santacitta co-founded Aloka Vihara in 2009 and received Bhikkhuni Ordination in 2011. She is committed to Gaia as a living being and resides at Aloka Earth Room, currently located in San Rafael, CA.
Events with Ayya Santacitta
June 23, 2024
A very special online half day retreat exploring the four distortions of perception (Vipalassa) Sunday, June 23rd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration closes June 22nd at 11:59pm Pacific Time Ayya Santacitta and Celeste Young will also offer an on land retreat on this same topic, all are invited to attend that retreat as well. October 20 – 26, 2024 Weaving Ourselves Back into the Fabric of Life: An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception The 4 Distortions of Perception: Seeing what is impermanent (anicca) as permanent (nicca ) Seeing what is painful (dukkha) as pleasant (sukha) Seeing what…
October 20 - 26, 2024
A Silent Meditation Retreat: Dana-based retreat in the monastic tradition (donate at any amount) Sunday, October 20th – Saturday, October 26th Registration closes October 6th at 11:59pm Pacific Time This retreat is also offered as a brief half-day online retreat in June by these teachers as a donation-based rate. This is a great option if you are considering this full in-person retreat! Sunday, June 23rd, 2024 (1oam – 1pm Pacific) The Dharma is Made for These Times: An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception An Exploration of the Four Distortions of Perception Join us for an in person retreat…