Vince Cullen offers mindful recovery retreats in the UK, Ireland, India, Nepal, USA and Thailand. Vince is an ex-alcoholic who has been associated with Wat Thamkrabok monastery in Thailand and Buddhist-oriented drug and alcohol recovery since 1998. Vince provides a number of online services for addicts. In 2009 Vince became a charter member of the Buddhist Recovery Network and established the Fifth Precept meditation for recovery group in Berkshire, UK. Vince is currently collaborating with others to offer online ‘Sit-and-Share’ recovery meetings via the Fifth Precept Group. Vince has completed a 2-year Committed Dhamma Practitioners Programme (CDPP) run by Gaia House in Devon, England.
From 2013 until 2014, Vince was appointed as Buddhist Prison Chaplain to HMP Coldingley (Men) and HMP Send (Women).
Dana is a Pali term meaning “generosity” or “giving”. At the end of each retreat, people are given the opportunity to offer a donation to the teacher(s).
The retreat teachings and retreat mentoring sessions are offered in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the practice and cultivation of generosity). Vince follows the ancient Buddhist tradition of not charging for the teachings he shares. The organisations that host his retreats and workshops sometimes cover part or all of his travel expenses but that is all.
According to Buddha, Dana is one of the central pillars upon which spiritual life is built. Buddha invented a system of “open hands” whereby he who shares the Buddhist teachings is dependent on the one who receives these teachings.
- This action opens the heart of the one who offers and makes her/him think about the value of things.
- Nobody should cross his/her financial limits.
- The receiver learns not to have any expectations and to simply accept what is given.
If you would like to support Vince, you can do so at the end of each retreat.
Vince gratefully accepts Dana donations, which enable him to continue his ongoing studies and teaching; and help support his other work with people in recovery. You can offer a donation at any time – before or after an event – using any of the methods below.