Endings and beginnings

Recent weeks at Sunyata have been marked by the joyousness of our annual Kathina festival and some sadness at the ending of our second vassa. The departure of the Sangha is however eased by anticipation of next year’s planned developments here, which will see Sunyata become Ireland’s first Buddhist monastery. This represents the fruition of…

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Beginning of Rains Retreat

The vassa, or rains retreat, is an annual three-month period of monastic retreat which has been observed since the time of the Buddha. Traditionally, monks and nuns remain in one place during this time, taking the opportunity to deepen and strengthen their practice. We are honoured to have 6 monks in residence with us until…

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