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July 2019

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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March 2020

10 day Retreat with Suvaco

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - March 15 @ 3:00 pm

On this retreat we will work on deepening our meditation practice, developing the skills for Samatha (serenity) and Jhana (absorption) states. Emphasis will be placed on creatively using the sound of silence (Shabd or Nada) as a focus for concentration. Once the feeling resonance of the ‘sound-current’ is activated through meditation, guided meditation in subtle energy circulation, Qi Gong practices and chanting, we will look at strategies to release the first three fetters on the path: sceptical doubt, self view and…

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Safe Ground, True Refuge – Heike Griffin [Online Event]

March 21 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Finding a true refuge and safe ground in this challenging time. Ajahn Chah would often say that life is uncertain and more so than ever we are aware of that. How can we use the Buddha's teachings at this moment to strengthen that peaceful place deep within? To use the feeling of uncertainty towards growth and real freedom? To meet this frightened world with an open and strong heart? There will be a guided meditation followed by a dhamma reflection…

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Corona Dhamma: Using This Situation for Wisdom – Nick Scott [Online Event]

March 25 @ 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm

There is a lot of panic out there about the coming corona virus - understandably. This is going to be a very difficult time for everyone. But it is also an opportunity. An opportunity to recognize the fragile and unpredictable reality of this life. Opening to this and to our reactions to what is now happening can help us to stop identifying with all this as me and mine, with the hardness and stress that causes. Most of the time…

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Aligning With Our Deepest Intentions – Padraig Cotter [Online Event]

March 28 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

"The dark night rectifies our deepest intentions. In the silence of this 'night of faith' we return to simplicity and sincerity of heart."  Thomas Merton A gathering of spiritual companions, drawn together in seclusion. This workshop will provide an opportunity to meditate together and to participate with each other in dialogue in small groups using the Zoom breakout-room function. It will be an opportunity to listen and be listened to in a compassionate, mindful space, and to use this relational format…

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