August 24 – Waking Up in Dublin, Ireland

Event Start Date:
24th August 2019
Event End Date:
24th August 2019
Event Venue:
IRELAND - Dublin

Mindfulness Workshop Retreat - Being Human in Dublin with Vince Cullen - Hungry Ghost Retreats - Nalagiri House Mindfulness

Ireland – Cork

Waking Up to This Life

Standard: € 35.00
Sponsor: € 45.00
Supported: €25.00

Plus Dana for the teacher.

Organised and managed by Nalagiri Mindfulness

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue
Holy Faith Sisters,
Dublin D11 TC21

1-day Mindfulness Retreat with Vince Cullen


Pre-registration is required for this event.
For retreat bookings, please email

Dublin, Ireland – Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue (9:30 – 17:00)

Please bring a vegetarian snack lunch, drinks will be provided.

The retreat teachings and materials are offered freely by Vince Cullen. Please be mindful, or ‘remember-to-remember’, that a donation (dana) for the teacher will be gratefully accepted.

Vince will not be paid to teach this retreat. He offers the teachings freely on a donation (dana) basis as has been the tradition for the last 2,600-years. You are invited to bring along a donation on the day or to donate online at any time.

“Waking up to who you are
requires letting go
of who you imagine yourself to be.”
~  Alan Watts ~

It is important to note that you do not have to be a ‘Buddhist’ (whatever that is) to practice kindness or forgiveness, meditation or mindfulness.  We are all ‘in recovery’ from something… people of all faiths or none are welcome on this retreat.

Everyone on the traditional ‘Buddhist’ path is struggling with three fires… the fire of cravings, the fire of aversions and the fire of confusions… EVERYONE! The Buddha’s very sound advice to all is that we should try to extinguish these fires, don’t add any more fuel to them; to let them go out and never relight them. Easier said than done!

Everyone on the traditional ‘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 individuals 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!

‘Waking Up” is 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.

This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to ‘recovery’ in the sense of recovering life’s possibilities and potentiality or the Buddhist sense of waking up to how things really are. We will practice some silent meditation; and some Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practice.

“There are to be seen beings who can admit freedom from suffering from bodily disease for one year, for two years, for three, four,​ five, ten, twenty; who can admit freedom from bodily disease for even a hundred years.

But, those beings are hard to find in the world who can admit freedom from mental disease even for one moment…”

~ Buddha (Anguttara Nikāya Volume 2 – vii (157) Disease.)

This mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to ‘recovery’ or ‘waking up’ from all forms of addictions; compulsions, and mental dis-ease.


Foundations of a Mindful Awakening

The essential practices of Loving-kindness and Forgiveness – for healing the heart-mind in everyday life – will be central to the day’s practice.

Free PDF download – The Forgiveness Workbook

The charge, if any, for the day goes towards covering actual retreat costs and the teacher’s expenses.  Vince does not get paid to offer these teachings (see Dana below).


Events at Hungry Ghost Retreats are offered in a spirit of generosity. The price you pay goes towards the running of the event but does not include any payment to the teachers for their teaching. Instead, our teachers rely on the generosity of participants for their livelihood. You will be invited to make a financial contribution  – click here for more information.


Standard: € 35.00 – This covers our costs but not the cost of providing supported places
Sponsor: € 45.00 – A voluntary higher rate enabling us to offer supported rate places
Supported: € 25.00 – For those unable to afford the standard rate

Please pay the sponsor rate if you can.

If you are unable to afford the supported rate please let us know. We try to ensure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.

LUNCH: Please bring your own simple vegetarian lunch.

SEATING: The venue will set up with cushions and chairs.

HEARING: If you have trouble hearing, please feel free to take a seat at the front of the room.

REGISTRATION: will open at 9.00am; the teachings will begin at 9.30am and end at 5.00pm.

Please bring your own simple vegetarian lunch.

Booking is essential, so to ensure a place, please email

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 Universal 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.

DANAVince 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 are dependent on the generosity of Dana. There will be more details of this during the retreat.

Download: Hungry Ghost Retreats Schedule [PDF]