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May 2019

Waking Up -A Hungry Ghost Retreat

May 5, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - May 12, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - June 2, 2019 @ 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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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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Vassa (Rains Retreat)

July 17, 2019 - October 13, 2019

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, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - August 18, 2019 @ 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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November 2019

Living from the Heart -weekend retreat with Vince Cullen

November 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - November 17, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - December 1, 2019 @ 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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January 2020

Serenity and Insight -Day Retreat with Vince Cullen

January 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Serenity and Insight – a Journey without Destination” is a day-long retreat exploring some Buddhist principles and practices for being present in everyday life. This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to cultivating ‘serenity and insight’ even in the midst of the difficult. We will practice some silent meditation; and some ‘Heart’ practices. Information about coming on retreat at Sunyata can be found here. Further details about the day can be seen…

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True Emptiness, Wonderful Existence: A weekend of insight meditation with Pádraig Cotter

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - January 26 @ 3:00 pm

 “True emptiness does not obstruct wonderful existence, Wonderful existence does not obstruct true emptiness.”     Master Hua.   Insight meditation involves attending to experience in ways that lead to peace of heart and mind, open the doors of perception to a sense of wonder and help us to take care of our lives and our world more deeply and freely. To that end, on this retreat, we will place particular emphasis on the Buddhist teachings of sunyata, usually translated…

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