Waking Up -A Hungry Ghost Retreat
May 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
‘Waking Up” is a day-long retreat with Vince Cullen exploring some Buddhist principles and practices for waking up to everyday life; particularly – but not exclusively – for awakening from addictions and compulsions; and some practices for healing the Heart-Mind in everyday life.
This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to recovery in the Buddhist sense of ‘Waking Up’. We will practice some silent meditation; and some Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practice.
This mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to ‘recovery’ from all forms of addictions; compulsions, and mental dis-ease.
The essential practices of Loving-kindness and Forgiveness – for healing the heart-mind in everyday life – will be central to the day’s practice.
The charge, if any, for the day goes towards covering actual retreat costs and the teacher’s expenses. Vince does not get paid to offer these teachings (see Dana below).
The day will start at 9:00 am with tea then a welcome talk at 9:30 am and introduction to mindfulness meditation for recovery. The retreat will close by 5:00 pm.
Please bring your own simple vegetarian lunch.
Booking is essential, so to ensure a place, please email [email protected]
It is important to note that you do not have to be a Buddhist to practice kindness or forgiveness, meditation or mindfulness. People of all faiths or none are welcome on this retreat.
A Commitment to Harmlessness:
As for all retreats, retreatants are required to commit to the Five Precepts (harmless conduct) for the duration of the day:
To refrain from harming any living being
To refrain from taking what is not offered
To refrain from sexual and sensual misconduct
To refrain from false speech (including idle gossip, harsh and divisive speech)
To refrain from taking substances which disturb the balance of the mind.
DANA: Vince Cullen offers this retreat freely in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the cultivation and practice of the virtue of generosity) where you are invited to contribute financially to the teachings based on your individual income and the value that you place on what has been offered. Vince’s livelihood and the future of ‘Hungry Ghost’ retreats are dependent on the generosity of Dana. There will be more details of this during the retreat.
About the teacher:
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.