23 – 26 June
Retreat leader: Ven Mary Reavey
How do you deal with the inevitability of death?
Many ignore, suppress or develop a flippant unrealistic attitude towards death. In this way, we push our awareness of death to that of some distant event. How we deal with death is an expression of our wisdom, courage and compassion.
In this retreat, we will explore the buddhist approach to death, highlighting wisdom and the methods which lead to embracing and owning our own death.
During the retreat, which is open to all, a combination of teaching, discussion, Q&A and meditation will be encouraged. There will be opportunity to take the 8 Mahayana Precepts during the retreat.
Ven Mary wrote:
“Join us and experience an honest joyfulness that often accompanies such a retreat. The wonderful peaceful environment of Land of Joy will positively enhance your retreat experience.”
About Ven Mary
Born in Dundee, Scotland, 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. Mary attended 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 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.
Over the years Ven Mary has undertaken and led many meditation retreats. She completed a one year solitary retreat in 2014 and another 3 month retreat in 2015. She continues to regularly teach at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Jamyang Liverpool and in York. Moreover, Ven Mary has recently moved to Jedburgh in order to live nearer to Land of Joy.