Join us on for a weekend retreat with Venerable Mary Reavey who will give us teachings on Shamatha and Vipassana.
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm and 2.00 – 4.00 pm CET
- May 27-28, June 24-25, August 26-27, September 23-24, October 28-29, and November 25-26
LEVEL: Beginners – everyone is welcome.
Shamatha is the development of attention which enables us to focus without agitation or dullness, eventually reaching the clear mind of Shamatha (calm abiding). This is the skill that enables us to positively transform our mind, paving the way for the enjoyment of genuine happiness.
The quality of our attention directly impacts on the quality of vipassana meditations, and this will be explored after the Shamata input. We all need to start, where we are, so no matter what our level of meditation might be, these weekends will benefit the beginner and those how wish to deepen their practice.
Based on B. Alan Wallace’s book “The Attention Revolution“, the teachings will include 24 minute meditation sessions, Q&A’s and discussions. Though not essential, having a copy of this book is of benefit, as it will be referred to often.
The Objects for developing Shamatha to be practiced and discussed:
- The Breath
- Mind and its contents
- Awareness of awareness
Attending the full series will be beneficial. However, each weekend is a stand-alone teaching, and everyone is welcome. Recordings and course material will be available to attendees who have registered.
The sequence between Shamatha and Vipassana makes perfect sense: first refine your powers of attention, then use them to explore and purify the mind, which can be directly examined only through first-person observation.”
― B. Alan Wallace, The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind
About the Teacher
Ven. Mary Reavey: Born in Dundee, Scotland, Ven Mary was a staff nurse when she first encountered FPMT’s mother monastery at Kopan in Nepal in 1978. It was her love of adventure and trekking that led her to this place, but Ven. Mary ended up attending a month-long course taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who emphasised the importance of meditation and taking complete responsibility for your own actions and their effects. In 2001/02, Ven. Mary took ordination as a nun with Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Receiving her Bikshuni ordination in 2015, Ven. Mary has also taught in prisons and at hospitals and hospices.
Until 2012, Venerable taught meditation and Buddhist philosophy at Buddhist centres and hospitals in the UK. Over the years, Ven. Mary has undertaken and led many meditation retreats. She completed a one-year solitary retreat in 2014 and completes a three-month personal retreat each year.
Cost: You would make us very happy by supporting us with a donation. Suggested donation is 0-60 CHF for a session. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. You can donate online (via Paypal, Twint or E-Banking).
Level: Beginners – everyone is welcome.