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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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April 2020

Full Day Retreat with Nick Scott (Online Event)

April 3 @ 7:45 pm - April 4 @ 9:00 pm

To join this full day retreat you have to commit to take part in all of it (schedule below). We are using Zoom conferencing software which is free to you. You can take part using a computer with camera, laptop or smart phone over the internet. You can also take part with audio only using a phone line via an Irish phone number. The link for the Friday night meeting is below. At this meeting you will be given the…

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Insight Meditation Retreat with Padraig Cotter and Heike Griffin [Online Event]

April 24 @ 8:15 pm - April 25 @ 9:15 pm

This will be similar to retreats held at Sunyata except online. It is necessary to book at [email protected] It will feature an emphasis on tranquility meditation (samadhi), insight meditation (vipassana) and lovingkindness(metta) meditation. Beginning on the Friday evening and ending on the Saturday evening we will take this opportunity to practice using the online platform Zoom. Booking is required and a link to the zoom meeting will be sent to you closer to the time. To participate it is necessary…

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May 2020

Weekend Retreat with Nick Scott and Virginia Kennedy [Online Event]

May 1 @ 7:45 pm - May 3 @ 5:00 pm

This is an opportunity for serious practise in these challenging times, making use of our enforced house confinement. We can apply the urgency we all feel, to look deeply into ourselves, to confront our personal situation, and prepare for whatever might be coming. At times like this, meditation is not about finding pleasant experiences or simply about increasing one’s sense of calm and well being, though that will help. It is much more than either: no less than an opportunity…

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Saturday Morning Insight Meditation Workshop [Online Event]

May 23 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

One of Sunyata's regular teachers will lead a session including guided meditation, Dhamma reflection and discussion

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Sunyata Family Camp 2020 [Online Event]

May 29 @ 2:00 pm - June 1 @ 1:00 pm

Our fifth family camp will take place over the June bank holiday weekend from May 29th -June 1st. This year it will not be possible to hold the retreat at Sunyata due to the pandemic so we will instead be running the retreat online through Zoom. This will involve activities for the children and families to do together, group practice and workshops for parents.   Start and End Times: Details to follow. To book a place E-mail [email protected] to book…

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June 2020

One Day Retreat With Ajahn Ahimsako [Online Event]

June 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

This one-day meditation retreat will be led by Ajahn Ahimsako, Abbot of Chithurst Monastery in West Sussex, England. The day will include guided meditations and a Dhamma talk. To book a place on this retreat and receive the zoom links, you need to complete an on-line registration form. Please email: [email protected] to be sent a registration form, and for enquiries.

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10 day Retreat with Nick Scott, assisted by Heike Griffin [Online Event]

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - June 21 @ 4:00 pm

An opportunity to do a ten day retreat at home, while supported as you would be at the retreat centre. The two teachers will sit the full ten days with you, available to support you when needed, and two host/managers will facilitate holding the retreat on-line, and provide practical support with the Zoom technology. A ten day retreat is an opportunity to deepen one’s meditation practice and leads to a much fuller understanding of what meditation and the spiritual journey…

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Women’s Morning of Meditation [Online Event]

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

A morning of meditation for women including periods of guided sitting and walking meditation. An opportunity to enter into our own inner silence. Absolute beginners welcome. You can login using the link here   

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Insight Meditation Retreat with Heike Griffin and Padraig Cotter [Online Event]

June 26 @ 8:15 pm - June 27 @ 9:15 pm

This will be similar to retreats held at Sunyata except online. It is necessary to book at [email protected] It will feature an emphasis on tranquility meditation (samadhi), insight meditation (vipassana) and lovingkindness(metta) meditation. Beginning on the Friday evening and ending on the Saturday evening we will take this opportunity to practice using the online platform Zoom. Booking is required and a link to the zoom meeting will be sent to you closer to the time. To participate it is necessary to…

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July 2020

‘Unrestricted Awareness’ – A Two Day Retreat with Ajahn Sucitto [Online Event]

July 18 @ 9:00 am - July 19 @ 5:30 pm

In general most of our energy and attention flows through a network of mental patterns and programs that we experience as ‘me’ , ‘myself’ ‘I’. Like railway lines through a land, these overused circuits only occupy a fraction of our total potential. The weekend offers a focus on the lost territory. This will be similar to retreats held at Sunyata except online. Bookings: To book a place on this retreat please email us at: [email protected] Please also refer to our…

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Insight Meditation Retreat with Padraig Cotter and Heike Griffin [Online Event]

July 24 @ 8:15 pm - July 25 @ 9:15 pm

This will be similar to retreats held at Sunyata except online. It is necessary to book at [email protected] It will feature an emphasis on tranquility meditation (samadhi), insight meditation (vipassana) and lovingkindness(metta) meditation. Beginning on the Friday evening and ending on the Saturday evening we will take this opportunity to practice using the online platform Zoom. Booking is required and a link to the zoom meeting will be sent to you closer to the time. To participate it is necessary to…

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August 2020

Insight Meditation Workshop with Ajahn Jutindharo Saturday August 8th 9.15am-11.15am [Online Event]

August 8 @ 9:15 am - 11:15 am

Ajahn Jutindharo, abbot of Hartridge Monastery in Devon will lead a session including guided meditation, Dhamma reflection and discussion It is not necessary to book in advance but please arrive at least 5 minutes early and make sure you are familiar with Zoom technology You can access the Zoom link Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/532399057   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…

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Insight Meditation Day Retreat with Ajahn Dhammadharo [Online Event]

August 15 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This will be similar to retreats held at Sunyata except online. It is necessary to book at [email protected] The retreat will take place from 9am to 5pm, with an option for group interaction after 5pm. It is also possible to join the Sunyata daily pujas at 7am and 7pm if you would like to experience a full day of practice.     Ajahn Dhammadharo was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1986 and had his first exposure to Buddhism when his mother…

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September 2020

Insight Meditation Retreat with Padraig Cotter and Heike Griffin [Online Event]

September 25 @ 8:15 pm - September 26 @ 9:15 pm

This will be similar to retreats held at Sunyata except online. It is necessary to book at [email protected] It will feature an emphasis on tranquility meditation (samadhi), insight meditation (vipassana) and lovingkindness(metta) meditation. Beginning on the Friday evening and ending on the Saturday evening we will take this opportunity to practice using the online platform Zoom. Booking is required and a link to the zoom meeting will be sent to you closer to the time. To participate it is necessary to…

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