Waking up in London with Vince Cullen
14 July 2019 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
“Waking up to who you are
requires letting go
of who you imagine yourself to be.”
~ Alan Watts ~
Everyone on the Buddhist path is struggling with the 3 fires… the fire of cravings, the fire aversions and the fire of confusions… EVERYONE! The Buddha’s very sound advice to everyone is that we should try to extinguish these fires, don’t add any more fuel to them; to put them out and never relight them. Easier said than done!
Everyone on the Buddhist path is waking up – or in recovery – from greed, from hatred and from delusion; these are the inherent pre-conditions, biases and distortions of all human beings. For some individuals these factors manifest in our lives – to a greater or lesser degree – as particular cravings or aversions, or as a sense of unwholeness and disquiet; and always these mind-states are accompanied by an awful lot of confusion!
‘Waking Up‘ is a day-long retreat exploring some Buddhist principles and practices for waking up to everyday life; particularly – but not exclusively – for awakening from addictions and compulsions; and some practices for healing the Heart-Mind in everyday life.
This retreat will be a day of talks, sitting practice and (weather permitting) walking practice devoted to recovery in the sense of recovering life’s possibilities and potentiality or the Buddhist sense of waking up to how things really are. We will practice some silent meditation; and some Loving-kindness and Forgiveness practice.
This mindfulness-based retreat is offered as an opportunity to experience an ethically focussed, Buddhist-oriented approach to ‘recovery’ or ‘waking up’ from all forms of addictions; compulsions, and mental dis-ease.
TEACHER SUPPORT AND EVENT PRICES
Events at London Insight are offered in a spirit of generosity. The price you pay goes towards the running of the event but does not include any payment to the teachers for their teaching. Instead our teachers rely on the generosity of participants for their livelihood. You will be invited to make a financial contribution – click here for more information.
Standard: £32.00 – This covers our costs but not the cost of providing supported places
Sponsor: £45.00 – A voluntary higher rate enabling us to offer supported rate places
Supported: £20.00 – For those unable to afford the standard rate
Please pay the sponsor rate if you can.
If you are unable to afford the supported rate please let us know. We try to ensure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.
LUNCH: There is an on-site café at Samye Dzong or bring your own.
SEATING: The venue will set up with chairs. If you prefer to sit on the floor bring what you need but bear in mind the teacher will be sitting on a chair.
HEARING: If you have trouble hearing, please feel free to take a seat at the front of the room.
REGISTRATION: will open at 9.30am; the teachings will begin at 10.00am
ACCESSIBILITY: All our venues are accessible to wheelchair users and have accessible toilets. If you need additional assistance to make use of these, including specially adapted facilities, please notify us in advance and we will endeavour to make the necessary arrangements. If you’re only able to attend an event with the assistance of a carer, we would be pleased to allow one to accompany you free of charge. Please notify us in advance so we can reserve a place for them.