Morning Puja

7.00AM – 8.00AM

Morning puja takes place at Sunyata everyday at 7am. A period of chanting is followed by silent meditation. 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

7PM – 8.15PM

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 6.50pm. 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

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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April 2019

Songkran (Thai New Year)

April 28 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Songkran is traditionally marked by visiting one's local temple, making merit, and by taking part in water ceremonies. At Sunyata we will have an alms round, a communal meal and a dhamma talk. Everyone is welcome to visit and join in the celebrations.

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October 2019

Meditation for Teenagers

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 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 4 to 4.45 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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Sunyata Kathina 2019

October 20

Dating back to the time of the Buddha, the Kathina festival marks the end of the Rains Retreat and celebrates the mutually supportive relationship between the monastic and lay members of the community. Traditionally, laypeople offer monks and nuns gifts of cloth for making robes, as well as other requisites for the monastic life. Food offering will be at 9:30, with the Kathina ceremony beginning around 12pm. Everyone is welcome to join us on this significant and joyful occasion.  

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November 2019

Wellness Walk

November 24 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This event is a collaboration with the local 12 O' Clock Hills Project, and will include a tour of Sunyata, a 5km hill walk (or optional 3km flat walk), and an introduction to meditation, followed by refreshments. It will begin at 2pm, and is donation-based, with proceeds going to a local mental health charity. For more information please email [email protected]

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December 2019

Meitheal – Community Work Day

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 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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Meditation for Children

December 7 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 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 3 to 3.45 pm. It is led by Sonia Mulpeter, a long-time practitioner at Sunyata and certified creative mindfulness children's teacher. To book a place please email [email protected]

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