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Date: Friday 7th until Friday 14th June

Retreat Leader: Venerable Mary Reavey

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 7th of June. 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

In this retreat we will explore the Nature of Karma and how it influences our everyday experience. Understanding Karma can directly increase our happiness and reduce our suffering in this life and help us deal with the inevitability of death.

How we deal with death is an expression of our wisdom, courage and compassion.
Exploring the Buddhist approach, highlighting wisdom and methods, can lead to embracing and owning our own death.

Through teaching, discussion, meditation and Q&A we will investigate the practical steps that we can take now in order to die with no regrets.

Join us and experience an honest joyfulness that often accompanies such a retreat.
The wonderful and peaceful environment of Land Of Joy will enhance your retreat experience.

There will be an opportunity to opt into the Buddhist practice of The Eight Mahayana Precepts.

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 for Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Jamyang Liverpool, Preston and Lhagsam Zurich

Moreover, Ven Mary moved to Jedburgh in 2016 to be closer to Land of Joy.

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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