2nd – 11th November 

With Ven. Mary Reavey

This retreat is now an annual occurrence at Land of Joy with many past attendees describing it as a life changing experience which has catapulted them into a new level of practice and a different perspective on life due to having breakthrough experiences on the meaning of the Lam Rim – the Graduated Path to Enlightenment.

Take advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourself in these pivotal teachings and meditations led by such a skilful and experienced teacher who follows an unusual style of teachings which combines teaching, discussion, Q&A and meditation on a particular topic within one session, giving you the chance to really soak up what’s being taught.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in periods of silence, experience taking 24 hour vows (8 Mahayana precepts) and request individual advice on your Lam Rim practice.

This retreat is suitable for those relatively new to Buddhist philosophy, as well as more experienced students who aim to enhance/ deepen their meditational experience. So, even those who are new to the path, but who have the inclination to go deep into the Dharma, will find this retreat inspiring and a source of learning.

The relaxing, peaceful and blessed environment of Land of Joy help to make this retreat a powerful and memorable experience.

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.