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Living from the Heart -weekend retreat with Vince Cullen
November 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - November 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Everyone on the Buddhist path is struggling with the 3 fires… the fire of cravings, the fire aversions and the fire of confusions… EVERYONE! The Buddha’s very sound advice to everyone is that we should try to extinguish these fires, don’t add any more fuel to them; to put them out and never relight them. Easier said than done!
This mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to Living from the Heart.
This retreat takes its inspiration from one of the Buddha’s most famous talks, the advice that he gave ‘To the Kalamas‘ (The Kalama Sutta). Therefore the essential practices of Loving-kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity – for healing the heart-mind in everyday life – will be central to the weekend’s practice.
Vince Cullen is an ex-alcoholic who has been associated with the Wat Thamkrabok monastery in Thailand and Buddhist-oriented drug and alcohol recovery since 1998. Vince has facilitated Fifth Precept Sangha meditation-for-recovery Sit-and-Share meetings in England, Scotland, Ireland, India, Nepal and Thailand as part of his ongoing teaching of Hungry Ghost Retreats. He is a charter member of the Buddhist Recovery Network. In 2012, Vince completed the Committed Dhamma Practitioners Programme (CDPP) run by Gaia House in Devon, England. In 2013, Vince was appointed as the Buddhist Prison Chaplain at HMP Coldingley (men) and HMP Send (women) through the auspices of Angulimala, the UK Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy. Since moving to Ireland, Vince remains a member of Angulimala but no longer visits UK prisons.
Start and End Times:
Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday the 15th November with soup served at 6.15.
The retreat will begin at 7pm with a short orientation talk and will end after lunchtime on Sunday the 17th of November.
It is necessary to attend all of the retreat.
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:
To find out more about coming on retreat please see here: https://www.sunyatacentre.org/coming-on-retreat-at-sunyata/
Cost of Retreat:
Like all retreats at Sunyata, this retreat is offered on a donation (dana) basis.
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 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.