From Avijja to Nirvana – a personal reflection on the journey from confusion to liberation

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From Avijja to Nirvana – a personal reflection on the journey from Confusion to Liberation via some basic Buddhist principles, some modern evolutionary psychology, an 18-century Scottish philosopher and Charles Darwin; Oh… and a lot of short-term sexual gratification! On Saturday November 26th, 2016 I gave this podcast for the World Wide Insight : Healing & Insight channel.  The podcast consists of […]

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2016 October – Being Human Retreat at The Barn – England

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  “I was not aware it was a one-week ‘intensive’ but there were a lot of ideas to introduce, and repetition of meditation practice is the practice.”     “I have never felt more alive and comfortable in my own skin. Thank you Vince.” “I feel I’ve moved on to a new stage in life where the desire to drink […]

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2016 August – Everyday Nirvana at New Life Foundation – Thailand

2016 August - Everyday Nirvana at New Life Foundation Thailand - A Hungry Ghost Retreat with Vince Cullen

“Everyone should sit one!”     “I feel more optimistic and proud of my progress. The retreat exceeded my expectations.” “I liked the retreat because it provided me with a great amount of information and tools to live a happier, more fulfilled life. The retreat helped me with my meditation practice.” “The entire retreat was very insightful – learnt a […]

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2016 June – Being Human Retreat at Dharamsala – India

    “May All Hungry Ghosts free from the problem.”     “Let peace and happiness be with all sentient beings”.   “I never forget its time.  Thanks for you.  Every time God help you.”   “We thank your kindness and wish you be a good human beings.”   “May all addicts overcome with their addictions.”   “Thanks, to help […]

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The ‘Truth’ about Buddhist Recovery & Awakening to What Really Is

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On Saturday May 28th, 2016 I gave a podcast for the World Wide Insight : Healing & Insight channel.  The podcast consists of a 30-minute mediation followed by a 30-minute talk then concludes with 30-minutes of questions and answers. www.worldwideinsight.org/recorded-classes-healing-insight/ Many thanks to everyone who made this online event happen 🙂 www.worldwideinsight.org/recorded-classes-healing-insight/   Related post: There is no such thing as ‘Buddhist […]

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2016 March – Being Human Retreat at New Life Foundation – Thailand

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  “Right now it’s like this” – I love this phrase and I will remember to put into practice every day.     “I feel… Happy, content, peaceful.”   “I did not know what to expect.  But, there was a lot more practice than I thought there would be, which was a great challenge, but it turned out to be […]

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A Template for Forgiveness

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On Saturday January 23rd, 2016 I gave a podcast for the World Wide Insight : Healing & Insight channel. The podcast consists of a 30-minute meditation followed by a 30-minute talk then concludes with 30-minutes of questions and answers. www.worldwideinsight.org/recorded-classes-healing-insight/ My talk and the video are a little bit jittery to start with but it does all settle down. Many thanks […]

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Download or read the ‘Hungry Ghost’ Booklet

Hungry Ghost : We are all in recovery from Cravings, Aversions and Delusions.

  ‘Wholehearted Recovery’ is a work in progress. The booklet is intended primarily as a hand-out at ‘Hungry Ghost’ recovery retreats and secondly as an informal Handbook for the Fifth Precept Sangha (see www.5th-Precept.org). The latest version can be downloaded from: www.5th-precept.org/html/downloads.html   Should you have any comments or suggestions, please send them to vince.cullen@tara-detox.org  

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There is no such thing as ‘Buddhist Recovery’

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Although I have used the word ‘recovery’ throughout this website [and the Hungry Ghost booklet], I am increasing uncomfortable with this term.  The Buddhist universal characteristic of impermanence implies that there is nothing to recover; we are a work-in-progress; we cannot go backwards!   It may be better to describe this process as ‘Life after Addictions’, or simply as ‘Awakening’ or […]

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