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2019 A Practical Guide to True Happiness 2018-09-16T15:05:40+00:00

Details:

Date: 10th – 17th August 2019 

Retreat Leader: Ven Mary Reavey

Requirements: Beginners are welcome and encouraged, as well as more advanced students wanting to review the stages of the path in an experiential format.

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

Start and Finish times: The retreat will start at 6pm on the 10th and finish at 2pm on the 17th. 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

Are you curious about Buddhist practice, but don’t know where to begin? Have you attended Buddhist teachings and feel they could be useful for you but don’t know how to meditate on the subjects you’ve studied or how to apply them to your life? This retreat will answer these questions and more.

You will explore the “Stages of the Path” (lamrim) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism through covering different topics via teachings, guided meditations and discussions which will provide the chance to understand the relevance of each and how they can help you in your life. Subjects to be covered include impermanence, karma, death & rebirth, developing loving-kindness, compassion and the awakening mind (bodhicitta), the ultimate nature of reality and more.

The retreat will also provide the opportunity to discover and explore the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation. Throughout the week, you will look into various aspects of the theory and practice of meditation as well as being guided through meditations on subjects covered during teachings. This will provide you with tools that will empower you to deal with any problems and difficulties in your life.

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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