Online Weekend Retreat : Shamata with Ven Mary Reavey
Join us for a weekend of guided Shamata meditation on Breath, Mind and Awareness.
This practical weekend builds on Lama Alan Wallace’s teachings on Shamata. Those familiar with his work can deepen their practice while beginners can take the opportunity to explore this essential skill. Q&A to clarify practice is encouraged.
This online retreat weekend includes both taught sessions and time for home practice. The times of the teaching sessions will be:
Saturday 7 November: 10.00am – 12 noon, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 8 November: 10.00am – 12 noon, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
To join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link
Suggested donation: £50 for the weekend
About the teacher:
Born in Dundee, Scotland, Ven Mary was a staff nurse when she first encountered Buddhism at the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition’s mother monastery – Kopan – in Nepal in 1978. It was her love of adventure and trekking that led her to Kopan. Ven Mary attend a month long course taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa who emphasised the importance of meditation and taking complete responsibility for your own actions and their effects.
In 2001 Ven Mary took ordination as a nun with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, then until 2012 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. Ven Mary went on to take full Bhikshuni ordination in 2015.
Over 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. She continues to teach regularly at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Land of Joy and the Centre of Compassion in Liverpool, as well as at other centres.
Resources for the retreat:
Alan Wallace (2006) The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind, Wisdom Publications: USA.