Date: 31st May – 3rd June 2019 

Retreat Leader: Ven Mary Reavey

Requirements: Suitable for everyone

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (no suggested amount). 

Start and Finish times: The course will begin at 6pm on the 31st and finish at 2pm on the 3rd. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after if travelling long distances.

Accommodation: Dormitory beds, double and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

About the Retreat

During this weekend you will explore life, death and rebirth as well as the nature of mind through teachings, meditations and discussions. You will learn to use any fear of death to overcome concerns that might be associated with it and discover how to use its certainty and imminence to enhance your quality of life.

The weekend will also cover:

  • What Buddhism says about death

  • The benefits of meditating on death

  • The disadvantages of not Meditating on death

  • What will help us at the time of death

  • How to prepare for your own death

  • How to help others who are dying

A Discovering Buddhism Module

These teachings will follow the structure and content of the FPMT education program ‘Discovering Buddhism’. You are most welcome to attend these teachings whether you plan to follow the full course or not. If you are studying the course there will be the chance to complete the exam for this module.

This is a really wonderful course which provides accessible, rich explanations of the topics it covers, as well as helping people apply those explanations to their lives. Land of Joy will be very happy to support you with your study in any way we can.

For more information about Discovering Buddhism please click here

About the Teacher

Born in Dundee, Scotland, Mary was a staff nurse when she first encountered Buddhism at the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition’s mother monastery – Kopan – in Nepal in 1978. It was her love of adventure and trekking that led her to Kopan. Mary attended a month long course taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa who emphasised the importance of meditation and taking complete responsibility for your own actions and their effects.

In 2001 Mary took ordination as a nun with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, then until 2012 taught meditation and Buddhist philosophy at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Buddhist centres in Preston, Liverpool, and at Armley Prison, Dumfries Prison, Leeds General Infirmary, St. James’ Hospital and Wheatfields Hospice where she held regular meditation sessions.

Over the years Ven Mary has undertaken and led many meditation retreats. She completed a one year solitary retreat in 2014 and another 3 month retreat in 2015. She continues to regularly teach at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Jamyang Liverpool and in York. Moreover, Ven Mary has recently moved to Jedburgh in order to live nearer to Land of Joy.