Morning Puja

7.00AM – 8.00AM

Morning puja takes place at Sunyata everyday at 7am. Meditation is in silence and lasts for 45 minutes, followed by about 10 minutes of chanting. Everyone is welcome to join and also welcome to stay for breakfast afterwards. Please note there will be no morning meditation during retreat time. Please check the website for these dates.

Evening Puja

7.00PM – 8.00PM

Evening puja takes place daily at 7pm. The puja consists of meditation and chanting, and is usually followed by cups of tea. Everyone is welcome to join. Please note that there may be no evening puja during retreat time; check the website for these dates.

Wednesday Meditation Evening

8PM – 9.15PM

The evening of meditation is led by a senior member of the Sunyata community. It is strongly recommended that beginners attend our monthly Introduction to Meditation Workshop, as guidance will not be given during the session. Please arrive at 7.50pm. The evening is offered on a donation basis.

Thursday evenings – Sit-and-Share Mindfulness-based Recovery Meetings

8.30pm – 10.00pm (No Need to Book : Just turn up on the evening)

Peer-led mutual-help meeting that uses Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people make a wholehearted recovery from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors. The meetings are open to any individuals wishing to live an intoxicant free life through the guidance and practice of the Five Precepts.

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March 2019

Women’s Day Retreat

March 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A day of meditation for women including periods of guided sitting, lying and walking meditation. An opportunity to enter into our own inner silence. Absolute beginners totally welcome. The day will begin at 10am with an introduction. Lunch will be from 12 to 1, and the day will end at 3 o' clock. The day will be held in Noble silence as far as possible. Please bring lunch to share. To book a place please email [email protected]

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Meditation evening and book discussion with Nick Scott

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Our regular Wednesday meditation evening this week will be led by Nick, who will be speaking about, and signing copies of, his recently published book "In The Footsteps of My Teacher: Following Ajahn Sumedho to Mount Kailash."

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Beginners’ Meditation Workshop

March 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This monthly workshop offers instruction in the theory and practice of sitting and walking meditation, with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. It is offered on donation basis and there is no need to bring anything. Please email [email protected] to book a place.

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April 2019

Meitheal – Community Work Day

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The meitheal is an old Irish tradition whereby a community gathers to work together on a particular task. This would typically be the harvesting of a crop or the raising of a building frame. At Sunyata we have a monthly meitheal which everyone is welcome to join. Usually we work on a specific job in the forest or the gardens. Lunch and regular cups of tea are provided. We start around 9 o' clock but people are welcome to join…

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Practice Day

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A day of insight meditation practice for all those who would like to support their meditation practice in a group setting. If you have never meditated before it is recommended to attend a beginner's workshop first. Some brief meditation instruction will be given at the beginning of the day. Please bring own lunch. To reserve a place please email [email protected]

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Meditation for Children

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

This workshop is a child friendly and creative introduction to meditation for children. Children are encouraged to explore mindfulness, thoughts and emotions through stories, discussion, arts and crafts. The workshop is suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years and is held from 2 to 2.45 pm. Louise Shanagher is a children's and teenagers mindfulness teacher who gives meditation and mindfulness workshops for children and teens nationwide. She is the author of Ireland's first mindfulness series for children the "Mindfully…

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Meditation for Teenagers

April 14 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

This class introduces teenagers to mindfulness and meditation practices. We will explore thoughts, feelings, practicing mindfulness in everyday life and some guided meditations. The workshop is suitable for teenagers aged 13 to 17 years and is held from 3 to 3.45 pm. Louise Shanagher is a children's and teenagers mindfulness teacher who gives meditation and mindfulness workshops for children and teens nationwide. She is the author of Ireland's first mindfulness series for children the "Mindfully Me" series and lectures in…

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