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December 2018

New Year Retreat 2018 / 2019

December 28, 2018 - January 1, 2019

New Year Retreat Friday 28th December 2018 to Tuesday 1st Jan 2019 This retreat will be led by members of the Sunyata Lay sangha and will follow our normal retreat guidelines / schedule with morning and evening chanting, periods of silence, walking and some guided meditation, talks / reflections and some light (optional) yoga. Start and End Times: Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday 28th December with soup served at 6.15. The retreat will begin at…

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January 2019

From Seeking Peace to Being Peace -An insight meditation retreat with Pádraig Cotter

January 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - January 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

  Insight meditation involves the exploration of our experience in ways that lead to a deepening of our understanding into what leads to suffering and what leads to peace. On this retreat our exploration will take the shape of various practices such as mindfulness of breathing, formless awareness meditation, walking meditation among others. These practices will serve as gateways through which we can investigate the Buddha’s teachings on realising a peace of heart and mind beyond suffering, what he called…

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A weekend retreat with Metta (formerly Ajahn Metta)

January 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - January 27, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

Metta (formerly Ajahn Metta) was born in 1953 in Germany. She came in contact with the Theravada Buddhist Path in 1991, when she practised at Wat Suan Mokkh in Thailand, the monastery of Ajahn Buddhadasa. Later, in 1993, she joined the monastic sangha at Amaravati monastery and was ordained as a siladhara in the Thai Forest tradition from 1996 to July 2017. During her time as a siladhara she has been living and practising mainly at Amaravati and Cittaviveka Monasteries…

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February 2019

Weekend Retreat with Nick Scott

February 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - February 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Nick Scott has received the endorsement of the senior Western monks in the Ajahn Chah tradition to teach meditation retreats, and with their encouragement has taught in several European countries since 2003. This endorsement came after extensive spiritual training, over thirty years, including ten years living at Chithurst Buddhist Monastery and long solitary retreats. He is the co-author with Ajahn Sucitto of two books, Rude Awakenings and Great Patient One, one book with Ajahn Amaro, The Long Road Has Many A Turn and is about…

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March 2019

The Silence of the Heart -A weeklong retreat with Suvaco

March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - March 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

On this retreat  we will draw attention to the mystery of the Heart, Citta. The heart not only as a physical organ, but as an imaginal and spiritual centre of stillness.  Once the feeling resonance of the heart is activated through meditation, energy work, chanting and bowing we will learn to recognise and develop strategies to release the first 3 fetters: sceptical doubt, self view and attachment to rituals, and point to the realisation of what in the Pali Canon is…

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April 2019

A weekend Retreat with Ajahn Dhammanando

April 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - April 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome back Ajahn Dhammanando.             Start and End Times: Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday the 19th April with soup served at 6.15. The retreat will begin at 7pm with a short orientation talk and will end at lunchtime on Sunday the 21st April. It is necessary to attend all of the retreat.   Coming on Retreat  To find out more about coming on retreat please see here:…

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June 2019

10 day Retreat with Nick Scott

June 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - June 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

A ten day retreat is an opportunity to deepen ones meditation practice and leads to an understanding of what meditation and the spiritual journey is really about. The period is long enough that we can leave behind the stress caused by our daily interactions while having no need to plan the future. It thus becomes possible to explore the present and in the space and silence that opens up to process our buried memories, traits and other conditioning so that…

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July 2019

Sunyata Family Camp 2019

July 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - July 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Our fourth family camp will take place at Sunyata Buddhist Centre from July 3rd to the 7th. This retreat will be an opportunity to experience the space to spend time with your family in a mindful way and reflect on your practice in a supportive community environment The camp aims to create a supportive environment for parents to practice Dharma and apply mindfulness methods in every day family life. The camp will be an opportunity for families to support and…

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August 2019

Weekend Retreat with Resident Monks

August 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - August 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

This meditation retreat will be taught by several of the monks who are spending the vassa, or rains retreat, at Sunyata. The schedule of the retreat will be integrated into the monastic routine, and as such offers a unique opportunity to sample life in an active Buddhist monastery.   Start and End Times: Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday, August 16th. Soup will be served at 6.30pm and the retreat will begin at 7pm with a…

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