Author Archives: Martin Evans

1-5 September 2017 – 5 day retreat – ‘Finding the Middle Way’ – Martin Evans

5 day retreat.  ‘Finding the Middle Way’

The Buddha called his teachings the Middle Way. That is, the middle way between obsessing after what we like and don’t like; grasping what we desire and running away from what we fear.  Through developing mindfulness and the Buddha’s path, the Middle Way, we can move towards a life in balance.

The primary focus of the retreat will be meditation and mindfulness, and there will be periods for discussion on the theme in the afternoons.  All welcome – suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Registration on Friday from 5pm, soup from 6pm, starts 7.15pm, Finishes 2.00pm Tuesday

See, ‘Booking for ALBA retreats’ at top of this page to download a booking form.

Day of Practice Saturday 15 July 2017 – Renunciation

What does renunciation mean to you? We offer this one-day retreat as an opportunity to explore the theme with others, through both silent contemplation and discussion. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, along with the chance to share your thoughts and experiences with other people. Symon Price will lead the retreat and all are welcome including those new to meditation.

Registration from 9.30am in Retreat Centre Kitchen for a 10am start. Finishes at 5pm.  Please aim to arrive by 9.45am for an orientation talk. There will be a shared light lunch – bring some vegetarian food that does not need preparation, to share if you can.  No booking required.  No fee, but there will be an opportunity to make a donation towards the running costs of the retreat centre.

For more information email: buddhacommunity@gmail.com

Day of Practice Saturday 6th May 2017 – with Ajahn Cittapala

Ajahn Cittapālā (Jutta Richter) was born in Germany in 1949. In 1994 she followed a retreat with Luang Por Sumedho at Amaravati. His teachings on ‘the way it is’ were so supportive that she felt drawn to Amaravati, where she has been living since 1996. In 1999 she received ordination as a Sīladhāra.

In the morning Martin Evans will lead meditation, sitting and walking. In the afternoon Ajahn Cittapala will give a talk followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. 

Registration from 9.30am in Retreat Centre Kitchen for a 10am start.  Finishes at 5pm.  Please aim to arrive by 9.45am for an orientation talk.  There will be a shared light lunch – bring some food which doesn’t need preparation, to share if you can.  No booking required.  No fee. 

All are welcome including those new to meditation.  For more information email: buddhacommunity@gmail.com

Day of Practice Saturday 1 April 2017 – Simplicity – leader Annmarie McKay

In the hustle and bustle of the modern world it can be easy to dream of a simple life and imagine that would be the solution to our problems, “if all I had was a bowl and some robes…” But when we find ourselves in situations where things are simple we can struggle to adjust, such as sitting in meditation, dealing with noble silence, or the daily routine of a retreat. Being able to embrace simplicity is something that our practice can benefit from, and it is something that should be developed from the inside not just through external conditions. In our practice we aim not to be content with nothing, but instead to be content with everything, whatever that may be.

The day will be focussed on simplicity and exploring our own experience of contentment. The morning will consist mainly of silent meditation practice with some suggestions for investigation. Some reflections on the theme will be offered in the afternoon, and the rest of the day will be devoted to further meditation and investigation.

Registration is from 9.30am in Retreat Centre Kitchen for a 9.45am orientation talk and a 10am start. The day  finishes at 5pm.  There will be a shared light lunch – please bring some vegetarian food which doesn’t need preparation to share, on this day simple food is fine, even something as simple as sandwiches as long as they have vegetarian/vegan fillings.

No booking required.  No fee.  All are welcome.