Date: Friday 17th until Sunday 19th May

Retreat Leader: Lynne Knight

Requirements: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (via the donation form at the bottom of the page; no suggested amount).

Format: Onsite

Start Time: The retreat starts at 7:00 p.m. on the 17th of May. Please arrive at the centre, if attending onsite, by 5 pm as supper will be served at 6 pm

Finish time: After Lunch, 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

“If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion.” HH Dalai Lama

None of us wants to suffer. We want to experience fulfilment, health and genuine happiness. We want to live in a peaceful, just and stable society, in a beautiful and flourishing world. And yet difficult, painful situations arise, causing mental and physical suffering in our lives, in our communities and in our world.

Is there an answer?

According to the ancient teachings of Buddhism, there certainly is – it is compassion. It may seem to be in short supply, but they tell us it is possible for each of us to nurture and expand our experience of compassion, for ourselves and others.

Imagine the impact on our world if we could do that – if everyone could do that. I don’t believe HH Dalai Lama is exaggerating when he describes it as the new radicalism and calls for the ‘mother of all revolutions’.

This is what we will be examining in this retreat. We will explore:
◦ what do we mean by compassion?
◦ what difference can it make to my life, to my communities and to the world?
◦ practical methods for nurturing and developing our compassion for self and others

“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘the universe’, a part limited by time and space. They experience themselves, their thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

About the Teacher

Since first meeting the Buddhist teachings about 40 years ago, I have always been impressed with just how practical the advice is, and how it impacts my daily life in a positive way. I have especially valued the instruction, from the Buddha himself, to check everything carefully against one’s own intelligence and experience.

In my journey along this path I have been extremely fortunate to receive teachings from some wonderful teachers, and to engage in several retreats.

It is therefore my great joy to share whatever experience I have with others, in a way that connects with our everyday life.

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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