July 30 – Breaking the Spell in London, UK

Kevin Griffin and Vince Cullen.
Event Start Date:
30th July 2022
Event End Date:
30th July 2022
Event Venue:
ENGLAND - London

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England – London

Breaking the Spell:
Disenchantment and the End of Craving

Organised by London Insight Meditation

Standard: £20.00
Sponsor: £25.00
Supported: £12.00
plus Dana

You are invited to pay the sponsor rate if you can.

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

Bookings via www.londoninsight.org

July, Saturday 30, 2022


Jamyang London Buddhist Centre
The Old Courthouse
43 Renfrew Road
London, SE11 4NA,
United Kingdom


1-day Retreat with Vince Cullen and Kevin Griffin


London: Saturday, July 30, 2022, at:

Jamyang London Buddhist Centre
The Old Courthouse
43 Renfrew Road
London, SE11 4NA, United Kingdom (10:00 – 17:00)

Pre-registration is required for this event.

Bookings are on a sliding scale £25 – £12 in advance per person.  If this cost is beyond your means then please contact the organiser (London Insight Meditation) about zero cost bookings. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

The retreat is offered freely by Vince Cullen and Kevin Griffin. Please be mindful, or ‘remember-to-remember’, that a donation (dana) for the teachers will be gratefully accepted.

Vince Cullen and Kevin Griffin

Vince Cullen and Kevin Griffin (Dublin – 2019)

Vince and Kevin will not be paid to teach this retreat. They offer these 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:
Donations for Vince / Donations for Kevin

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.

Breaking the Spell:
Disenchantment and the End of Craving

We sometimes live our lives as if we are under a spell, an enchantment. We are captivated and beguiled by the craving, aversion, biases and distortions of the mind. As addicts, this enchantment manifests as destructive habit patterns.
When we cultivate Mindfulness, Serenity, Insight and Ethics, we open up new ways of seeing ourselves, new ways of seeing the world, and new ways of living. We break the spell and become disenchanted.
This daylong retreat will include mindfulness and loving-kindness meditations, interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions focused on breaking out of destructive internal and external habit patterns, the spells that bind us.
This event is primarily intended for people in or exploring recovery from any kind of addiction or destructive habit. This includes the spectrum from substances to relationships and other behaviours.

Buddha: “…when a learned disciple of the noble ones sees in this way, he becomes disenchanted with physical form,
disenchanted with feeling,
disenchanted with perception,
disenchanted with mental formations,
disenchanted with consciousness.
Being disenchanted, he becomes dispassionate; dispassion liberates. When there is liberation, one knows, ‘Liberated.’ One understands, ‘Birth has been eliminated, the spiritual life has been completed, what was to be done has been done, there will be no further existence here.’


This is what the Blessed One said.
When this was said, the Sublime One, the Teacher, further said this:
“Form is like a lump of foam,
Feelings are like water bubbles,
Perception is like a mirage,
Mental formations are hollow (like plantain-tree),
Consciousness is like a conjurer’s trick…”

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.

The charge, if any, for the day goes towards covering actual retreat costs and the teacher’s expenses.  Neither Vince nor Kevin gets paid to offer these teachings. See Teacher Support (Dana) for more details.

Kevin Griffin and Vince Cullen.

Kevin Griffin and Vince Cullen (The Barn Retreat Centre, Totnes, England – June 2010)

Booking is essential, so to ensure a place, please contact London Insight Meditation – or see the schedule.

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 that disturb the balance of the mind.