1st – 9th June 2018 

With Ven Mary Reavey

This is a mainly silent retreat with participants leading themselves through their own Lam Rim meditations while Ven Mary will guide one meditation in the morning and offer a Q&A  / Shamata type meditation in the evening.

It’s suitable for those with a general understanding of Lam Rim topics, offering a wonderful opportunity to deepen your meditational experience. The beautiful gompa and grounds will enhance both sitting and walking meditation.

To fully benefit, please bring meditational resources, books etc, to aid your self-led meditation or browse Land of Joy’s onsite library. You may also wish to do some reading or perhaps write your own glance meditations before arrival for use during the retreat.

There will also be an opportunity to take 24 hour 8 Mahayana Precepts during the week.

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.