There are still places available for the retreat at Sangsurya, 5-11 August, with Patrick and Emma. Don’t miss out! Details below.
Khacho Yulo Ling Buddhist Centre, Cairns 22-24 July
A public talk and weekend workshop
Public Talk Friday 22 July
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The practice of mindfulness has been imported from its traditional Buddhist home and applied to many different fields, from psychology to corporate management. In this process its meaning has morphed according to the needs and understanding of its adapters. This weekend we will explore the nature of mindfulness and its practice as the Buddha himself understood it. What is mindfulness? What use is it? How do we cultivate it? How do we lose it? This talk can stand alone or be used as an introduction to our weekend workshop.
Workshop Saturday-Sunday 23-24 July
In this non-residential workshop, Patrick will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness as it was understood by the Buddha. We will assume no previous meditation experience, so this workshop is designed for beginners. However, experienced practitioners will benefit from revising their understanding of the fundamental principles of the practice.
Meditation is a craft that anyone can learn through appropriate training. We will build a basic skill set that will establish you in your practice or strengthen your existing practice. We will begin with mindfulness immersed in body (kayagata sati), which the Buddha sees as foundational for mindfulness practice. Participants should wear loose and comfortable clothing, suitable for yoga/bodywork.
Times: Saturday 23 July 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 24 July, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please arrive promptly at 8:45 a.m. to be settled and ready for a 9:00 a.m. start.
Cost: $130 for members/concession and $150 non-members. This includes lunch and refreshments both days. If you would like to do just one day it must be the first day, $70 for members/concession and $80 non-members. This fee covers our running costs, advertising, teachers airfares, food for the retreat and dana for the teacher, although you are also welcome to make an additional offering to the teacher at the end of the workshop.
Bookings on Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BZWAR
Sangsurya Retreat Centre Friday 5 to Thursday 11 August
A residential retreat at Sangsurya, Byron Bay, co-taught with Emma Pittaway
This retreat is taught jointly by Patrick Kearney and Emma Pittaway. We will explore mindfulness practice through active and receptive awareness. In active awareness we search out our meditation object. In receptive awareness we allow our meditation object to come to us. These modes of awareness are not mutually exclusive, but can be seen as the two ends of a single spectrum. In this retreat we will play with these styles of practice and become familiar with them. The retreat will include morning workshops, evening dharma talks and a daily posture-&-flexibility session.
Patrick and Emma will conduct one-on-one interviews together. The interviews give you the opportunity to have an objective, external view on how your practice is developing. This will help you fine-tune your practice.
Retreat Fee: single room $1,235; shared room $935; own vehicle $635. This fee does not include dana for the teachers.
Patrick is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw. He has a particular interest in applying the original teachings of the Buddha to contemporary life. Emma emphasises the emergence of insight through “natural awareness.” Her main teachers are Patrick Kearney and Sayādaw U Tejaniya. She has practised the dharma since she was twenty and began teaching in 2019.
Sangsurya Retreat Centre is located in the hills above Byron Bay. See their website here.
BMIMC Friday 2 to Friday 30 September
A 28-day residential retreat in the Blue Mountains
Patrick teaches satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He emphasises the cultivation of a felt continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. As we become intimate with what is already present we discover the radical simplicity of the practice, and we learn to “live independently, not clinging to anything in the world” (Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta MN 10).
This retreat is designed for experienced practitioners who feel independent in their practice, to the degree that they can be confident in their ability to maintain their practice with the minimum of external support.
Preference will be given to people who are able to attend for the whole month.