Weekend Retreat with Heike Griffin
March 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - March 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
In a world of instability and uncertainty how can we find safe ground?
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, March 20th, with soup served at 6.15.
The retreat will begin at 7pm with a short orientation talk and will end at lunchtime on Sunday, March 22nd.
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: http://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.
Heike Grajek Griffin grew up in Germany and has been living in Ireland for over 35 years. She had been meditating for more than 20 years and used to facilitate personal development courses. She became involved at Sunyata Buddhist Centre in 2012, is currently a member of the board, and has facilitated on several retreats there.