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

with Ven. Mary Reavey

From 18:00 on Friday 19 October to 14:00 on Sunday 21 October 2018

*To book on this retreat use the link further down the page – return lifts from Leeds (car shares) available*

The Lamrim (Tibetan: “stages of the path”) is a series of practical meditations that lead us along the entire spiritual path to peace, greater fulfilment in our daily life and eventual liberation and enlightenment.

On this residential weekend retreat with Tibetan Buddhist nun Ven. Mary Reavey you will deepen your wisdom and compassion as you learn about all the Lamrim meditations (which are traditionally practiced in a cycle) through guided sessions, teachings, discussions and Q&As.

This retreat is suitable for beginners who want to lay a foundation for spiritual practice or just improve the quality of their daily life, as well as for more experienced meditators who wish to refresh their Lamrim practice. Even if you have never been on retreat before and just have the inclination to understand the Buddhist spiritual path more deeply, you will find this retreat inspiring and a source of learning.

The venue is the Beamsley Project on the outskirts of Skipton in North Yorkshire. Return lifts (car shares) are available from Leeds.

The retreat starts with dinner at 6pm on Friday 19 October (please arrive from 4pm) followed by the first session and ends after lunch on Sunday 21 October.

You will also be able to join in periods of silence, experience taking the Eight Mahayana precepts on the Saturday (taking the precepts is optional) and request individual advice on your Lamrim practice.

The 8 Mahayana Precepts are taken for 24 hours and the purpose is to focus the mind on the retreat to get the most benefit, although it 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 for 24 hours. 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 for discussion during the sessions). 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 on the Saturday (breakfast and lunch will be provided).

The retreat cost to Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds is £180 pp for the whole weekend

The suggested donation for this retreat is £180 per person which covers two nights dormitory accommodation, meditation  and teachings sessions and meals (dinner on the Friday, lunch on the Saturday and breakfast and lunch on the Sunday – all vegetarian) and an offering to Ven. Mary from all the attendees..

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.

The suggested donation for the retreat which includes two nights dormitory accommodation, meditation and teaching sessions and meals (dinner on the Friday, breakfast and lunch on the Saturday and breakfast and lunch on the Sunday – all vegetarian), and an offering to Ven. Mary from all the attendees is £180.

Feedback from the 2017 Lamrim Retreat 

“…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 

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.