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January 2019

A weekend retreat with Metta (formerly Ajahn Metta)

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - January 27 @ 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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March 2019

The Silence of the Heart -A weeklong retreat with Suvaco

March 8 @ 7:00 pm - March 15 @ 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 @ 7:00 pm - April 21 @ 1:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome back Ajahn Dhammanando who has been teaching retreats annually at Sunyata for many years.   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. It is possible to arrive a day or two…

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May 2019

Waking Up -A Hungry Ghost Retreat

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Waking Up” is a day-long retreat with Vince Cullen exploring some Buddhist principles and practices for waking up to everyday life; particularly – but not exclusively – for awakening from addictions and compulsions; and some practices for healing the Heart-Mind in everyday life. This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to recovery in the Buddhist sense of ‘Waking Up’. We will practice some silent meditation; and some Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practice. This mindfulness-based…

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Weekend Retreat with Nick Scott in Clarinbridge

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - May 12 @ 4:00 pm

This retreat will be held at Kilcoan Retreat Centre, set amidst mature woodland near Clarinbridge, Co. Galway and will be an introduction to the Buddha's insight, or vipassana, teachings.   Vipassana is the quality of enquiry, which, along with mindfulness, Sati, is the basis of Buddhist meditation practice. Neither are techniques, rather they are attitudes we can develop through meditation which will then steadily free us of any burdens we carry and our personal reactivity, so that we are able…

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Weekend Retreat with Ajahn Karuniko

May 31 @ 6:00 pm - June 2 @ 2:00 pm

Ajahn Karuniko was born in Greater Manchester in 1953. After graduating in Electronic Engineering in 1975 he worked for several years before coming to take up residence as a novice at Cittaviveka monastery in 1982. He ordained as a monk in 1984 with Ajahn Sumedho as his preceptor. Ajahn has spent much of his monastic life helping to establish monasteries in England and New Zealand, and spent three years living in monasteries in Thailand. He has recently retired as abbot…

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June 2019

10 day Retreat with Nick Scott, assisted by Heike Griffin

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

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 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 @ 2:00 pm - July 7 @ 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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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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August 2019

Weekend Retreat with Resident Monks

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

This meditation retreat will be taught by Ajahn Ajito. 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 short orientation talk. The retreat will end at approximately 3pm on Sunday…

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