10 day Retreat with Nick Scott
October 26 @ 6:00 pm - November 4 @ 1:00 pm
Please note that this retreat will not be held at Sunyata but in Kilcuan Retreat Centre, in woodland near Clarinbridge, Co Galway.
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. There will probably be a taught yoga session available for those who want to join one in the early evening.
Kilcuan Retreat Centre is a modern well specified building, with twin bed en suite rooms and a large beautiful space suitable for meditation, which is well away from the kitchen and other sources of noise. It is surrounded by the Kilcornan woods at Clarinbridge, Co Galway. Bedding, including sheets, is provided but not towels and toiletries. Clarinbridge is served by the hourly Galway to Limerick bus and is a taxi ride from Athenry railway station on the Dublin to Galway line.
Start and End Times:
Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday 26th of October with soup served at 6.15pm. The retreat will begin at 7.30pm with a short orientation talk and will end at approx. 1.00p.m. on Sunday 4th of November.
Coming on Retreat
The retreat will be held in Noble Silence and participants will be keeping the eight precepts. To find out more about coming on retreat please see here: http://www.sunyatacentre.org/coming-on-
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 on this retreat please e-mail [email protected]
About the teacher:
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 is about to publish In The Footsteps of My Teacher: Following Ajahn Sumedho to Mount Kailash.
Nick’s teaching makes use of a welter of stories and antidotes 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.