Date: Friday 1st until Sunday 3rd March

Retreat Leaders: Martin Kerrigan & Sara Szwer

Requirements: Suitable for beginners and those who wish to deepen their understanding and practice.

Cost: Generosity ModelDonation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no set amount)

Format: Onsite & Online. Please note you will still need to book a place if attending online.

Start: The retreat will begin at 7 pm on Friday 1st March. (If onsite, please arrive at the centre by 5 pm, supper will be served at 6 pm).

Finish: Sunday 3rd March, Mid-afternoon

Accommodation: Land of Joy wishes for everyone who visits the centre to feel welcome, accepted, safe and secure. Our accommodation options are very limited, with mostly single-sex shared accommodation and only one single room (which is sometimes needed by volunteers). This means single accommodation can only be offered to those who need it the most, but still won’t always be available. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Please read the relevant sections of the booking form carefully.

About the Retreat

‘A Practical Exploration of The Two Truths’ with Martin Kerrigan and Sara Szwer.

We will look at the Buddhist teachings on the relationship between selflessness and the interdependent nature of reality, and particularly how the teachings on wisdom and compassion help to affirm and support each other.

Through a combination of presentation, discussion and meditation we will explore how we can more fully align our hearts and minds with that selfless and interdependent nature, helping us to overcome our own problems and difficulties, and also putting us in a better position to truly benefit others.

The Buddhist teaching on ‘The Two Truths’, i.e. ultimate and relative/conventional truth, is the gateway to understanding the often misunderstood philosophy of selflessness.

Although due to singing, playing music, and crying Sounds of echoes arise, The echo does not reside in the sounds. Just so you must comprehend all phenomena’ King of Concentration Sutra.

About the Teacher

Martin has been studying and practising Tibetan Buddhism since 1994, initially under the guidance of Geshe Tashi Tsering. He also worked in India in 1999 with Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche helping to organise a worldwide teaching tour.

He tutored the Foundation of Buddhist Thought correspondence course for Jamyang London for many years. He has been an FPMT registered teacher since 2012, initially for the Foundation of Buddhist Thought, and for Discovering Buddhism since 2015. He is also registered to teach the in-depth FPMT Basic Programme

He has taught at Jamyang Bath, Saraswati and Land of Joy, a range of courses and retreats including Discovering Buddhism, Vajrasattva, thought transformation and practical Buddhist psychology. He was also invited to give teachings in Turkey in 2019 on behalf of FPMT. He particularly enjoys helping to make Lam Rim accessible and practical in everyday life.

He currently lives in rural Herefordshire with his wife Sara, working to provide music therapy in local care homes, hospitals and community centres.

A Way to Say Thank You

As we don’t receive any subsidies from other organisations we rely solely on the kind generosity of others. If you would like to make a donation to help us cover our considerable monthly costs (including via an online bank transfer or postal cheque), please choose the amount you would like to offer using the form below (or enter a custom amount), click ‘Donate’, then choose a payment method and provide all the details we require to process your donation. Your generosity will help us continue to offer beneficial services to yourself and others.

You may also like to make a regular contribution to the centre by becoming a Branch of Joy. This kind of support gifts us a steady and ongoing income, which in turn provides the confidence and means for us to continue to flourish for many years to come.

Thank you and may you be happy.


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