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Weekend Retreat with Nick Scott
February 8 @ 6:00 pm - February 10 @ 3:30 pm
Nick Scott has received the endorsement of the senior Western monks in the Ajahn Chah tradition to teach meditation retreats, and with their encouragement has taught in several European countries since 2003. This endorsement came after extensive spiritual training, over thirty years, including ten years living at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and long solitary retreats. He is the co-author with Ajahn Sucitto of two books, Rude Awakenings and Great Patient One, one book with Ajahn Amaro, The Long Road Has Many A Turn and has just published In The Footsteps of My Teacher: Following Ajahn Sumedho to Mount Kailash. All these books are now avaiable for free download from www.nickscottbooks.com
Nick’s teaching makes use of a welter of stories and anecdotes and is often very humorous but is rooted in a profound understanding of ultimate reality and the path that leads to it. He emphasises the use of the Buddha’s insight teachings to understand how we cause our own suffering, and the use of the Buddha’s compassion teachings to undo this.
He has spent his life actively engaging with this world and teaches a path for lay people based on that. He is a plant ecologist by profession, with a doctorate, spending many years working for charities in nature conservation; he has helped found two Buddhist monasteries; built a home for his parents to retire to and for the last five years has been supporting his partner, Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, through her successful gender discrimination case against Galway University and then her resulting campaign for the other women involved.
Start and End Times:
Registration for this silent weekend retreat will be from 4pm on Friday 8th February 2019 with soup served at 6.15pm. The retreat will begin at 7pm with a short orientation talk and will end at 3.30pm on Sunday the 10th.
It is necessary to attend all of the retreat, so please do not book unless you can do so.
Coming on Retreat
To find out more about coming on retreat please see here: http://www.
Please note retreatants will be asked to hand in mobile phones and other electronic devices for the duration of the retreat. A phone number will be provided so that one may be contacted in case of emergency.
Cost of Retreat
Like all retreats at Sunyata, this retreat is offered on a donation (dana) basis.
At the end of the retreat there will be a chance to offer donations to the centre.
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.
To book a place please e-mail [email protected]
The Eight Precepts:
Participants are asked to abide by the eight precepts as outlined below. The following of these precepts lead to the establishment of an atmosphere of restraint and and mutual respect among participants which is conducive to meditation.
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, 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 around midday. This means that there will be no evening meal served