Date: 15th – 18th February 2019 

Retreat Leader: Ven Mary Reavey

Requirements: Everyone is welcome to attend

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

Start and Finish times: The weekend will start with supper at 6pm on the 15th and finish at 2pm on the 18th. 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.

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About the Retreat

When we find ourselves facing challenging situations in our lives we often search for an explanation. We can wonder if it is a coincidence, fate, or if there is a more logical reason. What goes around comes around is often used as an explanation which suggests we create the cause for what happens to us. This weekend will explore what this phrase means from a Buddhist point of view.

You will explore the idea of cause and effect (karma) and how it works from a Buddhist perspective. This naturally leads to learning effective tools for creating the causes for happiness and discovering ways to deal with difficulties in life more effectively, empowering you to take control of your future.

About the Teacher

Born in Dundee, Scotland, Ven 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. Ven Mary attend 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 Ven 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. Ven Mary went on to take full Bikshuni ordination in 2015

Over years Ven Mary has undertaken and led many meditation retreats. She completed a one year solitary retreat in 2014 and completes a three month personal retreat each year. She continues to regularly teach at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Jamyang Liverpool and in York.

Moreover, Ven Mary has recently moved to Jedburgh to be closer to Land of Joy.

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