10 day Retreat with Nick Scott, assisted by Heike Griffin and Donal Quirke
June 14 @ 6:00 pm - June 23 @ 1:00 pm
A ten day retreat is an opportunity to deepen one’s 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 be taught yoga sessions to help free up the body for sitting comfortably. There is an option for camping or staying in a campervan for this retreat. Please let us know if this is the case at time of booking.
Start and End Times:
Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday, 14th of June, 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 the 23rd.
It is possible to arrive a day or two early and help out with preparation for the retreat. If you would like to do so please let us know in advance.
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-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 on this retreat please e-mail [email protected].
About the teachers:
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 avaiible 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.
Nick will be assisted in teaching duties by Heike Griffin and Donal Quirke, both long-time practitioners at Sunyata. Donal is also a yoga teacher.