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

Hungry Ghost - Vince Cullen - Healing and Insight

On Saturday, May 28th, 2016 I gave 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. Many thanks to everyone who made this online event happen, and to Sangha.Live for permission to link to […]

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

mindfulness based Addiction Recovery

  “Right now it’s like this” – I love this phrase and I will remember to put into practice every day.   [easymedia-slider-two med=”2468″]   “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 […]

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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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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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2014 March – Being Human Retreat at New Life Foundation – Thailand

  “I have another tool to add to my AA toolbox.  I’ve been aware of mindfulness and loving-kindness the quite a while and now I have a deeper understanding of how this practice will enable me to find another level of peace and serenity.”   [easymedia-slider-one med=”1316″]   “I’m feeling lighter, and my mind feels cleared.  I’m starting to understand […]

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2014 February – Everyday Nirvana at Sunyata Centre – Ireland

  “I am feeling… Very good… Retreat reaffirms some issues especially about following my own intuitions, path etc.  Feel relaxed, revived, re-energised.”   [easymedia-slider-one med=”1453″]   “I am feeling… Grateful, breathing in and out, moving forward a step at a time.”   “I liked the retreat because… It was just so unexpected; I loved the freedom, flexibility; Vince you are […]

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2013 October – Being Human at Sunyata Centre – Ireland

Mindful Recovery - Hungry Ghost to Being Human at Sunyata Centre Ireland (October 2013) with Vince Cullen

“I feel strong, renewed, positive and optimistic.  I feel a deep sense of gratitude for all of the wonderful things in my life and a sense of joy which I have not felt before.  I have never understood concept of self-love until this retreat because I could not see anything about myself to love, because my standards about what was lovable […]

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2013 July – Being Human at Conforti Institute – Scotland

Mindful Recovery - 2013 July - Being Human at Conforti Institute - Scotland with Vince Cullen

“Definitely got to have a good look inside my own head.  Able to understand a lot of the chaos.  Able to let go of some old ghosts.  Able to be a lot more forgiving of myself and all around me.  Able to change some of the fear and confusion into love and kindness.  Did get to do a lot of […]

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