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Weekend Retreat with Nick Scott in Clarinbridge
May 10 @ 6:00 pm - May 12 @ 4:00 pm
This retreat will be held at Kilcoan Retreat Centre, set amidst mature woodland near Clarinbridge, Co. Galway and will be an introduction to the Buddha’s insight, or vipassana, teachings.
Vipassana is the quality of enquiry, which, along with mindfulness, Sati, is the basis of Buddhist meditation practice. Neither are techniques, rather they are attitudes we can develop through meditation which will then steadily free us of any burdens we carry and our personal reactivity, so that we are able to develop serenity (upakka). This retreat will use mindfulness and loving kindness (Metta) to establish calm centeredness (Samadhi) so that we can start to explore some of the teachings the Buddha gave to encourage insight.
Nick Scott’s teaching is wise and humorous, and illustrated with personal stories and insights from 45 years of meditation, including long solitary retreats and residing for 10 years in a Buddhist monastery. He is the author of several Buddhist travel books recounting adventures with Buddhist monks (www.nickscottbooks.com). Nick has been teaching for 20 years with the endorsement of senior monks in the Thai Forest tradition (www.forestsangha.org).
This retreat is suitable for anyone, but complete beginners will find it easier to first do a Meditation Introduction Workshop. Held at the secluded Kilcoan Retreat Centre surrounded by woodland near Clarinbridge, Co Galway. 10 mins walk from the Galway-Limerick/Cork bus route. There will be an optional yoga class after tea on Saturday evening. The retreat will be based on noble silence and the Buddhist eight precepts ( See http://www.sunyatacentre.org/coming-on-retreat-at-sunyata/ ) with participants required to give up mobile phones and electronic devices for the duration . Accommodation is mostly twin en-suite rooms. Food will be vegetarian with vegan alternatives.
The retreat will run from 7pm Friday, with check in from 5pm, to 4pm Sunday. Planning to arrive late or leave early is not possible.