Sajja – A Practice for Transformation

Worldwide Insight Sajja Podcast with Vince Cullen 28-April-2019 Wat-Thamkrabok - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House

In 2003 I took my first one-month temporary ordination at Wat Thamkrabok, a unique monastery in central Thailand. My intention on that occasion was to explore Buddhism and meditation, but what I got was not what I expected. I was given a ‘Sajja’ or a ‘truth’ to practice for 4-hours per day for the next 2-years.

My Sajja – “No one can do it for me, I must do it for myself”.

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2019 March – Being Human – New Life Foundation – Thailand

From Hungry Ghost to Being Human at New Life Foundation - March 2019 - Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House

After the retreat… “I feel more informed and ‘lighter’.  It was a very compassionate space”. “Clearly extremely knowledgeable, it was delivered with authenticity and human relatable.” “And interestingly poignant and personal life stories, to coincide with teachings, made it human – as was the name of retreat – Being Human.” After the retreat… “Feeling amazing!  At peace, excited, energised and […]

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The Pearl in Sorrow’s Hand

Vince Cullen - The Pearl in Sorrow's Hand - Podcast - Hungry Ghost Recovery Retreats

The Pearl in Sorrow’s Hand… “22-years ago when I was at my lowest point, overwhelmed with sadness and self-loathing, as I drank my last beer, I was oblivious to the gift that was being offered to me; the Pearl in Sorrow’s hand was the chance of sobriety, the chance to see things as they really are.” A poem by Rumi, […]

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Healing with Mindfulness

Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Embodied Intentionality - Healing with Mindfulness

I am continuously inspired by some of the images that the Buddha offers us of ‘Sati’ or ‘Mindfulness’. My talk for Worldwide Insight on Sunday, December 2nd, was an exploration of some the many aspects of mindfulness – or in my case a lack of mindfulness – that continue to play themselves out in my life. In this talk I […]

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Embodied Intentionality

Vince Cullen - Sajja - Embodied Intentionality

This talk is about what I would have liked to have heard when I got sober. It is an exploration of the ‘truths’ (Sajja/Sacca) that might lead to conviction, to directed karma, to mindfulness as ‘remembering-to-remember’, and to the path that leads to joy & beyond. An excerpt: “My talk this evening is largely based on a formulation of the […]

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2018 June – Being Human at Margaret Austin Center – Texas, USA

Vince Cullen - Being Human - A Hungry Ghost Retreat at Margaret Austin Center - Texas - USA (June 2018)

“It’s so important in recovery to know that you are not locked into an addict self, unchanging forever.  Focusing on the five precepts shows how to begin the transformation and the journey.  I found the retreat inspiring.” “Vince is a lovely man.” “I feel very committed to my recovery, and I feel positive, happy, and peace.” “I feel that I […]

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2018 April – Being Human at New Life Foundation – Thailand

Being Human - A Hungry Ghost Retreat at New Life Foundation with Vince Cullen - April 2018

It was intensive but maybe it had to be that like that! I liked the retreat because… even though it was challenging and triggering, I still got a lot of knowledge out of it and know that this path will still be there when I decide to take it! Thank you!! AirCon would have been useful, other than that, I […]

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M.A.R.A. and the Gatekeepers

Buddhist Recovery Academy with Vince Cullen

Buddhist Recovery Academy “For most of his adult life, Vince says that he was an alcoholic but he also says that he has now been happily sober for the last 21-years. This change of being started when he deliberately, consciously – he would even say ‘mindfully’ – poured a can of lager into a glass and drank that beer knowing […]

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