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December 2018

New Year Retreat 2018 / 2019

December 28, 2018 - January 1, 2019

New Year Retreat Friday 28th December 2018 to Tuesday 1st Jan 2019 This retreat will be led by members of the Sunyata Lay sangha and will follow our normal retreat guidelines / schedule with morning and evening chanting, periods of silence, walking and some guided meditation, talks / reflections and some light (optional) yoga. Start and End Times: Registration for this retreat will be from 4pm on Friday 28th December with soup served at 6.15. The retreat will begin at…

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January 2019

From Seeking Peace to Being Peace -An insight meditation retreat with Pádraig Cotter

January 11 @ 4:00 pm - January 13 @ 3:00 pm

  Insight meditation involves the exploration of our experience in ways that lead to a deepening of our understanding into what leads to suffering and what leads to peace. On this retreat our exploration will take the shape of various practices such as mindfulness of breathing, formless awareness meditation, walking meditation among others. These practices will serve as gateways through which we can investigate the Buddha’s teachings on realising a peace of heart and mind beyond suffering, what he called…

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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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