A Template for Forgiveness

Hungry Ghost -Vince Cullen - Healing and Insight

On Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 I presented a podcast for the World Wide Insight: Healing & Insight channel (which is now Sangha.Live). The podcast consists of a 30-minute meditation followed by a 30-minute talk then concludes with 30-minutes of questions and answers. My talk and the video are a little bit jittery to start with but it does all settle down. […]

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Healing & Insight Online

World Wide Insight - Healing and Insight

Buddhist Health and Wellness dharma teachings launching January 2016 This new online initiative will be exploring the sharp edges of suffering through the lens of the buddhist teachings. Including addiction in it’s broadest sense, depression, physical and mental pain, and stress. I will be teaching on January 23, 2016 at 11:00am PACIFIC / 7pm UK Online : Healing & Insight   […]

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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’

Hungry Ghost Retreats

Although I have used the word ‘recovery’ throughout this website [and the Hungry Ghost booklet], I am increasingly 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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Personal mentoring is now available

Every attendee at Hungry Ghost retreat is invited to partake of a personal 1-to-1 mentoring interview (usually between 20-30 minutes). Further interview sessions are available by pre-arrangement.  These sessions may be in person face-to-face or via Skype and last 1-hour. There is no cost for these sessions but you are invited to offer Dana as you see fit. Click here […]

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What’s the difference?

'Sit-and-Share' Meetings

What’s the difference between the Fifth Precept fellowship and Hungry Ghost retreats? Fifth Precept Sangha (Fellowship) : is a Peer Led, mutual-help organisation that uses Buddhist mindfulness teachings and practices to help people make a wholehearted recovery from the suffering caused by addictive behaviours. This approach encourages individual commitment to total-abstinence and includes peer led ‘Sit-and-Share’ recovery meetings –www.5th-precept.org Hungry Ghost Recovery Retreats […]

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Heart & Soul – Buddhist Detox

Wat Thamkrabok - The Buddhist temple treating drug addiction.

“It is interesting to note that the current Abbot, Phra Atikarn Vichien Gitiwanno, says the herbal medicines are only 20% of the treatment offered. I don’t entirely agree with this percentage, in line with the founding Abbot Luang Por Chamroon Parnchand whom I met in 1998, and I would put the contribution of the herbal treatment at just 5% of the efficacy of the entire programme.” – Vince Cullen

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Everyone Suffers From Mental Illness

Vince Cullen founder Hungry Ghost Retreats talks about Buddhism as part of his life

“Buddhism asserts that everyone suffers from mental illness; that is simply being human; that is the baseline. Thank you, Andy Palmer, for a very enjoyable and wide-ranging exploration of how this reality played and continues to play itself out in my life!” ~ Vince Cullen

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Overcoming Addiction with Buddha Dhamma

Curious Bodhi - Overcoming Addiction with Buddha Dhamma – Interview with Vince Cullen

“Life is stressful, uncomfortable, uncertain, insecure, disappointing, painful.
Life is complicated, boring, impersonal, difficult, distressing, challenging, unfair.
Life isn’t just stressful; in many ways it is traumatic…

…but, on the other hand, life can be a wonderful adventure.” ~ Vince Cullen

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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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