Lamrim (Tibetan: “stages of the path”) is the traditional Tibetan Buddhist presentation of the gradual path to happiness, peace of mind and enlightenment. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced meditator, the Lamrim provides a comprehensive overview of the Buddhist path to awakening.
On this weekend residential retreat led by Ven. Mary Reavey, participants will learn about the ‘stages’ on the path through teachings, led meditations, discussions and Q&A’s to enhance their meditation experience and understanding of the practice.
You will be able to join in periods of silence, experience taking 24 hour vows ( 8 Mahayana precepts* ) and request individual advice on your Lamrim practice.
This retreat is suitable for those who wish to lay a foundation for their spiritual practice as well as the more experienced students who aim to enhance/deepen their meditation experience. So, even those who are new to the Buddhist path, but who have the inclination to understand the path more deeply, will find this retreat inspiring and a source of learning.
The retreat venue is the picturesque Beamsley Project on the outskirts of Skipton in North Yorkshire.
The retreat starts with dinner at 6pm on Friday 20 October followed by the first session and ends after lunch on Sunday 22 October. To view the timetable for the weekend click here.
There is also the option to take the 8 Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours on the Saturday. *The 8 Mahayana Precepts are to:
1. Avoid killing, directly or indirectly.
2. Avoid stealing and taking things without permission.
3. Avoid sexual activity.
4. Avoid lying and deceiving others.
5. Avoid intoxicants: alcohol, tobacco and drugs (except for medicinal purposes).
6. Avoid eating more than one meal that day. The meal is ideally taken before noon, and once you have stopped eating for thirty minutes, the meal is considered finished. At other times of the day you can have light drinks, but not undiluted whole milk or fruit juice with pulp. Avoid eating meat, eggs, onions, garlic and radishes.
7. Avoid sitting on a high, expensive bed or seat with pride.
8. Avoid wearing jewellery, perfume, and make-up. Avoid singing, dancing or playing music with attachment.
Taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts enables you to live in pure ethical conduct. Abstaining from unwholesome actions is the basis for developing many positive qualities. If you observe the precepts with a strong motivation of cherishing the welfare of others, the benefits derived are said to be immeasurable.
Please note the retreat will be in silence from Saturday morning through to Sunday morning to respect those who have taken the precepts (except if there is discussion etc during a session). If you do not want to take the precepts you can indicate this when you register for the retreat. There is a small kitchen at the Beamsley Project so you will be able to bring something light to eat or prepare your own dinner and breakfast on the Saturday (lunch will be provided).
The retreat cost to Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds is £160 pp for the whole weekend which includes dormitory accommodation, all the teachings and meals (dinner on the Friday, lunch on the Saturday and breakfast and lunch on the Sunday).
The suggested donation for this retreat is therefore £160 per person.
To book please click here. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 07866 760 460.
Please note places are limited on this retreat so do book well in advance! Our cancellation policy is a 100% refund if cancelled within 4 months of the retreat starting, a 70% refund if cancelled with 3 months, 50% refund if cancelled within 2 months and no refund if cancelled with 1 month as we will still be eligible to cover the cost with the Beamsley Project.
About Ven. Mary Reavey
Led by a love of adventure and trekking, Mary Reavey was a staff nurse when she first encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery in Nepal in 1978. Mary attended a month long course taught by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche who emphasised the importance of meditation and taking complete responsibility for your own actions and their effects.
In 2001 Mary took ordination as a nun with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, then taught meditation and Buddhist philosophy at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Buddhist centres in Preston, Liverpool, and at Armley Prison, Dumfries Prison, Leeds General Infirmary, St. James’ Hospital and Wheatfields Hospice where she held regular meditation sessions until 2012
Over the years Ven Mary has undertaken and led many meditation retreats. She completed a one-year solitary retreat in 2014 and another three-month retreat in 2015. She continues to regularly teach at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Jamyang Liverpool and in York. Ven Mary has recently moved to Jedburgh in order to live nearer to Land of Joy Retreat Centre where she regularly leads retreats.