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True Emptiness, Wonderful Existence: A weekend of insight meditation with Pádraig Cotter
January 24 @ 6:00 pm - January 26 @ 3:00 pm
“True emptiness does not obstruct wonderful existence,
Wonderful existence does not obstruct true emptiness.” Master Hua.
Insight meditation involves attending to experience in ways that lead to peace of heart and mind, open the doors of perception to a sense of wonder and help us to take care of our lives and our world more deeply and freely.
To that end, on this retreat, we will place particular emphasis on the Buddhist teachings of sunyata, usually translated as emptiness, boundlessness, openness, spaciousness.
We will look at a range of practices that lead to a lessening of inner tension and open doorways to sacredness. We will also look at heart-practices and how understanding of emptiness deepens the sense of love, compassion, joy, and equanimity in our lives and lead to a more fuller sense of “wonderful existence”.
Drawing on teachings from the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, this retreat will feature periods of sitting and walking meditation, chanting, and maybe some practices in dyads or triads..
Suitable for new and experienced retreatants. The retreat will be held in noble silence and will be conducted within the atmosphere of the eight precepts.
Start and End Times:
Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday, January 24th, with soup served at 6.15.
The retreat will begin at 7pm with a short orientation talk and will end at lunchtime on Sunday, January 26th.
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.
Pádraig Cotter has practiced meditation since 2001 and has practiced mainly in the Thai Forest tradition. He has also benefitted from contact with teachers and teachings from Mahayana Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta traditions, as well as with the teachings of the Christian mystics. He has been a volunteer at Sunyata Buddhist Centre since 2009 and began leading retreats there in 2015.