10 Day Retreat with Nick Scott
November 23 @ 7:15 pm - December 2 @ 3:30 pm
A ten day retreat is an opportunity to deepen ones meditation practice and leads to an understanding of what meditation and the spiritual journey is really about. The period is long enough that we can leave behind the stress caused by our daily interactions while having no need to plan the future. It thus becomes possible to explore the present and in the space and silence that opens up to process our buried memories, traits and other conditioning so that we can learn how to be at peace and content, whatever is happening. This retreat is suitable for those new to meditation as well as experienced meditators. The instruction will be cumulative, starting with posture and how to establish mindfulness (sati) and a caring open attitude (metta) and through that find concentration (samadhi). With this we can then explore the Buddha’s teachings that are designed to lead to insight (vipassana) so to develop wisdom (panna). Throughout the retreat we will refer to his actual teachings in the Buddhist Pali suttas. The teaching will consist of instruction each morning and some afternoons, evening talks on the theory behind what we are doing and regular one to one guidance. The retreat will be held in silence.
Start and End Times:
Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday 23rd November with soup served at 6.15.
The retreat will begin at 7.15pm with a short orientation talk and will end at approx 3:30 p.m. on Sunday 2nd December
Coming on Retreat
To find out more about coming on retreat please see here: http://www.sunyatacentre.org/coming-on-retreat-at-sunyata/
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.
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
About the teacher
Nick Scott has taught in several European countries since 2003 after extensive spiritual training over thirty years, including ten years living at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery, long solitary retreats and walking pilgrimages with Buddhist monks. He is the co-author with Ajahn Sucitto of two books, Rude Awakenings and Great Patient One and is about to publish another with Ajahn Amaro.Nick’s teaching makes use of stories and anecdotes and 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 separation from freedom, and the use of the teachings on compassion to undo this.
Nick lives near Clarinbridge in Co.Galway and is a plant ecologist by profession, with a doctorate, but now prefers to lead a quiet life of contemplation and Dhamma teaching.