Friday 3rd November – Sunday 5th November: A weekend meditation retreat with Ajahn Sundara

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We are delighted to have Ajahn Sundara, senior Nun from Amaravati Buddhist monastery, coming to teach this weekend retreat with us.

Ajahn Sundara


Ajahn Sundarā was born in France in 1946. She studied dance in England and France. After working for a few years as a dancer and teacher of contemporary dance, she had the opportunity while living and studying in England to attend a talk and later a retreat led by Ajahn Sumedho. His teachings and experience of the monastic way of life in the Forest tradition impressed her deeply. Before long this led her to visit to Chithurst Monastery, where in 1979 she asked to join the monastic community as one of the first four women novices. In 1983 she received ordination as a sīladhāra, with Ajahn Sumedho as her preceptor. After spending five years at Chithurst Monastery she went to live at Amaravati Monastery, where she took part in establishing the nuns’ community.

Ajahn Sundarā spent the three years from 1995 until 1998 deepening her practice, mostly in forest monasteries in Thailand. In 2000, after spending a year as the senior incumbent of the nuns' community at the Devon vihāra, she went to live for some years at Abhayagiri Monastery in California. She returned to Amaravati in 2004 and has been senior nun here since then.

Ajahn Sundarā is interested in exploring ways of practising, sustaining and integrating Buddhist teachings in Western culture. Since the late eighties, she has taught and led meditation retreats worldwide.

Start and End Times:

Registration for this weekend silent retreat will from 4pm on Friday 3rd November. Soup will be served at 6.30pm and the retreat will begin at 7pm with a short orientation talk.

The retreat will end at 3pm on Sunday 5th November. It is necessary to attend all of the retreat.

Coming on Retreat 

If you cannot stay for the entire retreat then please do not book, we expect retreatants to stay for the duration of the retreat.

To find out more about coming on retreat please see here:

Cost of Retreat

This retreat is offered on a donation (dana) basis. At the end of the retreat there will be a chance to give an anonymous donation towards the centre.

The teachings are freely offered.

We are asked sometimes for guidance regarding donations towards the centre and we calculate that €45 per person per day meets the 'break even' cost for running all of our retreats throughout the year. If one wishes to give more than the guided amount, then that would be very welcome. All donations are anonymous.


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The Eight Precepts:

The retreat will be held on the eight precepts below. Please note number 8 which means that there will be no evening meal after the opening evening.

The Eight Precepts:

  1. Harmlessness: not intentionally taking the life of any living creature.
  2. Trustworthiness: not taking anything that is not given.
  3. Chastity : refraining from any sexual activity.
  4. Right Speech: retreatants are asked to maintain ‘noble silence’, that is not engaging in any talk with each other, or anyone else, unless it is really necessary.
  5. Sobriety : not taking any intoxicating drinks or drugs.
  6. Restraint : not wearing make-up, perfume or strongly-scented deodorant,  jewellery or immodest clothing; not playing radios, music tapes or musical instruments.
  7. Alertness: to refrain from overindulgence in sleep.
  8. Refrain from eating after main meal