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July 2019

Vassa (Rains Retreat)

July 17 - October 13

Sunyata will be hosting our third vassa from July 17th. 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 will have 6 monks in residence at Sunyata for this period. It represents a unique opportunity for people to sample Buddhist monastery life here in Ireland.…

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October 2019

Nick Scott 10 Day Retreat in Clarinbridge

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - November 3 @ 3:30 pm

Please note that this retreat is not being held at Sunyata but at Kilcoan Retreat Centre in Clarinbridge, Galway. A ten day retreat is an opportunity to deepen one's 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…

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November 2019

Living from the Heart -weekend retreat with Vince Cullen

November 15 @ 6:00 pm - November 17 @ 4:00 pm

Everyone on the Buddhist path is struggling with the 3 fires… the fire of cravings, the fire aversions and the fire of confusions… EVERYONE! The Buddha’s very sound advice to everyone is that we should try to extinguish these fires, don’t add any more fuel to them; to put them out and never relight them. Easier said than done! This mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to Living from the Heart. This retreat…

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Weekend Retreat with Ajahn Jutindharo

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - December 1 @ 3:00 pm

  Ajahn Jutindharo grew up in Leeds. He studied physics at university, and then worked for several years in medical research whilst writing a PhD. At university he became interested in meditation and Buddhism, which culminated in a decision to join a Buddhist monastic order in 1987. His monastic life has been spent primarily in Britain, with short periods in Asia. since 2007 he has been abbot of Hartridge monastery in Devon, England.   Start and End Times: Registration for…

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December 2019

New Year Retreat 2019/2020

December 28, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Our annual New Year retreat will be led by members of the Sunyata lay sangha and will follow our normal retreat guidelines and schedule, with morning and evening chanting, periods of silence, walking, and some guided meditation, talks / reflections as well as optional yoga. Start and End Times: Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Saturday 28th December with soup served at 6.15. The retreat will begin at 7.15pm with a short orientation talk and will end at…

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