“Waking up to who you are
requires letting go
of who you imagine yourself to be.”
~ Alan Watts ~
A day-long retreat exploring some Buddhist principles and practices for waking up to everyday life; particularly – but not exclusively – for awakening from addictions and compulsions; and some practices for healing the Heart-Mind in everyday life.
The one-day ‘Waking Up’ retreat on January 8th, 2017 at Sunyata Buddhist Centre – my 60th birthday – is evidence in itself that everyone and everything changes. I started drinking when I was 13-years old and by the time I reached my early twenties I was resigned to drinking myself to death; I didn’t expect or care to live beyond the age of 30. Things change. I didn’t stop drinking until I was 39 but it is never too late, never! Now I have largely enjoyed 21 clean and sober years. So, come and join me for some sitting, for some walking, and even for some talking.
Everyone on the Buddhist path is waking up – or in recovery – from greed, from hatred and from delusion; these are the inherent pre-conditions, biases and distortions of all human beings. For some of us these factors manifest in our lives – to a greater or lesser degree – as particular cravings or aversions, or as a sense of unwholeness and disquiet; and always these mind-states are accompanied by an awful lot of confusion!
This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to recovery in the Buddhist sense of ‘Waking Up’. We will practice some silent meditation; and some Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practice.
This mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to ‘recovery’ from all forms of addictions; compulsions, and mental dis-ease.
The charge, if any, for the day goes towards covering actual retreat costs and the teachers expenses. Vince does not get paid to offer these teachings (see Dana below).
The day will start at 9:00am with tea then a welcome talk at 9:30am and introduction to mindfulness meditation for recovery. The retreat will close by 5:00pm.
Please bring your own simple vegetarian lunch.
Booking is essential, so to ensure a place, please contact the relevant retreat centre – see schedule.
It is important to note that you do not have to be a Buddhist to practice kindness or forgiveness, meditation or mindfulness. People of all faiths or none are welcome on this retreat.
A Commitment to Harmlessness:
As for all retreats, retreatants are required to commit to the Five Precepts (harmless conduct) for the duration of the day:
To refrain from harming any living being
To refrain from taking what is not offered
To refrain from sexual and sensual misconduct
To refrain from false speech (including idle gossip, harsh and divisive speech)
To refrain from taking substances which disturb the balance of the mind.
DANA: Vince Cullen offers this retreat freely in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the cultivation and practice of the virtue of generosity) where you are invited to contribute financially to the teachings based on your individual income and the value that you place on what has been offered. Vince’s livelihood and the future of ‘Hungry Ghost’ retreats is dependent on the generosity of Dana. There will be more details of this during the retreat.
NOTE: This is largely the same retreat content as Saturday 9 January, 2016
Download: Hungry Ghost Retreats Schedule 2017 [PDF]