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Meditation Retreat on the Lamrim at The Beamsley Project, West Yorkshire

with Ven. Mary Reavey

From 16:00 on Friday 19 October to 14:00 on Sunday 21 October 2018

*To book on this retreat use the link further down the page*

Lamrim (Tibetan: “stages of the path”) is the traditional Buddhist presentation of the gradual path to spiritual development, happiness and peace of mind. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced meditator, the Lamrim provides a comprehensive framework for daily practice.

On this weekend residential retreat led by Tibetan Buddhist nun Ven. Mary Reavey, you will learn about the ‘stages’ on the path through teachings, guided meditations, discussions and Q&As to enhance your understanding and practice.

You will be able to join in periods of silence, experience taking 24 hour vows (The Eight Mahayana precepts* ) and request individual advice on your Lamrim practice.

This retreat is suitable for those who wish to lay a foundation for spiritual practice, as well as for more experienced meditators who wish to refresh their practice. Even complete beginners who have the inclination to understand the Buddhist spiritual path more deeply will find this retreat inspiring and a source of learning.

The retreat venue is the Beamsley Project on the outskirts of Skipton in North Yorkshire.

The retreat starts with dinner at 6pm on Friday 19 October followed by the first session and ends after lunch on Sunday 21 October.

There is also the option to take the 8 Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours on the Saturday. The purpose of the precepts is to focus the mind on the retreat to get the most benefit, although t is not compulsory to take them. 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 also enables you to live in pure ethical conduct. 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 £180 pp for the whole weekend which includes two nights accommodation, all the teachings and meals (dinner on the Friday, lunch on the Saturday and breakfast and lunch on the Sunday – all vegetarian), an offering for Ven. Mary and administrative costs.

The suggested donation for this retreat is therefore £180 per person.

To book please click here. If you have any questions please do ask by emailing smile@jamyangleeds.co.uk or call Jamyang Leeds on 07866 760460.

Please note places are limited on this retreat so do book well in advance! Our cancellation policy is a 100% refund if you cancel within 3 months of the retreat starting, 70% refund if you cancel with 2 months, 50% refund if you cancel within  1 months and no refund after then as we will still be eligible to cover the cost with the Beamsley Project.

Feedback from the Lamrim Retreat with Ven. Mary in 2017.

“…the retreat was a wonderful experience. I’ve never done anything like that before so was a bit nervous about coming along.  I quickly realised that I need not have worried as everyone was so welcoming. Ven Mary and the teachings were thought provoking and delivered perfectly. I enjoyed the silences as it allowed time to think and reflect which we seldom do in our busy lives. I thought the organisation and food were superb. You worked so hard to look after us and definitely made me feel well cared for.”

“Can’t thank Jamyang Leeds enough for organising this years retreat at Beamsley. Having the opportunity to listen to Ven Mary’s inspirational & motivating teachings was a genuine privilege, helping reboot my practice & desire for study. It was also wonderful to spend time with like minded people, discussing openly, observing silence & taking precepts. Hope one day I’ll be able to go for longer!”

“A valuable opportunity to enjoy Ven. Mary’s teachings with a welcoming community in a beautiful setting.”

“My very first buddhist retreat and absolutely love it, feeling peaceful and have learnt a lot from Ven Mary & the fellow attendees. Feel very welcome, everyone is so lovely and open in sharing their wisdoms. Everything is well organised, the meals are very yummy. Thanks again for having me.”

“Another wonderful weekend at Beamsley.  Ven Mary was as always engaging and inspiring and the lovely people attending made it a warm and happy place to be.  If only it could be a bit longer!”

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.