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10 day Retreat with Nick Scott, assisted by Heike Griffin [Online Event]
June 12 @ 6:00 pm - June 21 @ 4:00 pm
An opportunity to do a ten day retreat at home, while supported as you would be at the retreat centre. The two teachers will sit the full ten days with you, available to support you when needed, and two host/managers will facilitate holding the retreat on-line, and provide practical support with the Zoom technology.
A ten day retreat is an opportunity to deepen one’s meditation practice and leads to a much fuller understanding of what meditation and the spiritual journey is really about. The period is long enough that we can put down 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, including with what we are having to deal with, due to this pandemic.
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 suttas. The teaching will consist of instruction each morning and most afternoons, evening talks on the theory behind what we are doing and regular one-to-one guidance, using on-line break out rooms. The retreat will be held in noble silence.
We can apply the urgency we all feel these days, to look deeply into ourselves, to confront our personal situation, and prepare for whatever might be coming. The vipassana approach does not require the perfect environment, instead the extra difficulty of being surrounded by so much that is ‘me and mine’ and with the disturbances we encounter every day, will help us to extend our capacity to practise seriously into our personal space, and so to find the ability to be at ease in challenging circumstances.
As this is our first attempt to run a ten day retreat on-line we are restricting it to those who have done a silent ten day retreat with us, or elsewhere, and those we know well enough, through having taught them on weekend retreats, day retreats, etc.
You will need personal circumstances conducive to serious practise at home, either living in a house or flat on your own, or sharing with family or others sympathetic and supportive of you doing a ten day retreat, while keeping the eight precepts and noble silence. For more information on these see:
As part of the eight precepts you won’t be able to use your mobile phone, lap top, or computer, for anything other than the retreat for the full ten days. Also you have to refrain from an evening meal (unless you have a medical condition which prevents this). It is not possible to do only part of the retreat, to start late, finish early, or leave the retreat and return. You have to intend to attend all the sessions and will need to let the managers know if you can’t attend a session and why. We need to insist on this to be able to support everyone.
Please also refer to our guidelines for attending online retreats.
End: Sunday 21st June, 4 pm after a closing ceremony, followed by an opportunity to give feed back on the retreat to us, and to talk with other retreatants.
6-7.00 Puja and meditation
7.00 Check in with managers and teachers for any practical difficulties
7.15- 8.00 Exercise. We hope to have an optional yoga class some mornings
8.30-9.30 Personal chores
9.30-12.30 Meditation and Teaching session
2.30-5.30 Meditation and Teaching session
6.10-7.15 Optional yoga session on at least some evenings
7.30-9.30 Puja, Meditation, Dhamma Talk
To book a place on this retreat and receive the zoom links, you need to complete an on-line registration form. Please email: [email protected] to be sent a registration form, and for enquiries.
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 available 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 emphasizes 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 five years actively supported his partner, Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, through her successful gender discrimination case against Galway University and the resulting campaign for the other women involved. He is now very committed to using this opportunity that the Covid -19 crisis has provided to provide good Dhamma and serious practise opportunities to help lay people both deal with it and to use it.
As you may know, Sunyata relies entirely on donations and especially our residential retreat donations, to maintain our running costs throughout the year.
While we currently do not have the usual costs of running retreats most of our regular operating costs continue such as insurance, utility bills and building maintenance. Without the donations from our residential retreats, we are struggling to meet these expenses. We know that this is a difficult time financially for many of you and we are happy to support you with our online presence. Therefore, to keep doing what we do and to ensure we can reopen as soon as possible we would really appreciate any donation at this time, no matter how small.