Karuna Institute
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Kum Nye
One Year Foundation Training
Kum Nye Training
Kum-Nye Foundation Training

Kum Nye One Year Foundation Training 2020 - 21

and individually offered retreats

Teachers: Cheryl Allen and Grainne Delaney, supported by Maura Sills

Cost: £2,900 plus DANA for the Teachers

Deposit: £1,000

*Retreats are also open to people not on Training:

Each Week Retreat:Cost: £650 (£450 unwaged) Plus DANA and Each Weekend Retreat Cost £260 (£180 unwaged) plus DANA

Contact: office@karuna-institute.co.uk

Telephone/fax: +44(0)1647 221457

Please note: The above cost only covers the residential and administration costs, therefore, DANA for the Teacher is welcomed.

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Kum Nye One Year Foundation Training 2020-21 **DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 15 JULY 2020**

and individually offered retreats.

This one-year Training in the Kum Nye practices brought to the west by Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche is offered at the Karuna Institute. These practices involve the deepening embodiment practices of Nyingmapa Tibetan Buddhism within the context of the awareness practices of Theravadin Buddhism. Karuna has integrated these practices as an important part of its Psychotherapy Training in Core Process Psychotherapy for over thirty years and also offered Kum Nye Retreats for all who are able to embrace the silent tradition of meditation. It is offered as 5 x 2-day and 2 x 5-day modules over one year.


To offer the practices for those who may want to deepen their personal Kum Nye meditative practice. This may be extended to those practitioners who wish to offer introductory classes in Kum Nye. The training will continue to be offered in Noble Silence but will include opportunities to extend a theoretical understanding of the psychospiritual practice within the Buddhist paradigm and a Western psychodynamic orientation.


Friday 18 - Sunday 20 September 2020
Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November 2020
Sunday 24 – Friday 29 January 2021
Friday 26 – Sunday 28 February 2021
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 April 2021
Sunday 16 – Friday 21 May 2021
Friday 16 - Sunday 18 July 2021

Weekend One: Friday 18 - Sunday 20 September 2020:
“Embodied Presence”

Most of us are not fully met at a being level when we first need to be and we come to identify as a separate and fixed self which has cut loose from its deeper moorings in being and source. In this embodied life however, we have access to subliminal depths through an ever-present faculty of awareness which can be cultivated through mindfulness practices. During this retreat practices will help reveal and cultivate these subliminal depths. Entering this field requires a willingness to work with the non-cognitive, non-separate aspects of our human embodiment and to explore the depth of healing and transformation that can arise in this territory.

For many of us in the West, the capacity for accessing these aspects of ourselves has been attenuated by a culture and tradition which separates not only mind from the body but also self from other. That such experiences of subtle contact and change can occur as often as they do, despite the limiting characteristics of our conditioning, testifies to the resilience of this part of our nature.

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Weekend Two: Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November 2020:
“Inherent States of Wellbeing”

This retreat concentrates on the embodiment of interconnection; belonging; attunement; acceptance and generosity. We will include the Four Sublime States of Love (metta); Compassion (karuna); Sympathetic Joy (mudita) and Equanimity (upekkha).

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Week Three: Sunday 24 – Friday 29 January 2021:
“Elemental Energies”

These archetypal energies will be explored through the Kum Nye practices and in "The Nature" of Dartmoor. Earth, water, fire, air and ether offer a portal from the personal to the living sentience of our planet. These primordial relationships can open us to a deeper quality of balance.

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Weekend Four: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 February 2021:
“Beyond Resistance”

So much of our life energy is spent in avoiding experience both from the past and in the present. This holding back also means we can struggle to feel a sense of contact in our daily life. Kum Nye offers a way to both build up a stamina to explore resistance and all enfolded within it and to tap back into - vitality and joy.

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Weekend Five: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 April 2021:
“The Interconnected Field of Heartfulness”

This retreat offers an opportunity to open into the interconnected field of heartfulness, offering the possibility, of expanding beyond the patterning of conditioned self and re-awakening our heart to our inherent interbeing and connection with source. We will be offering heart practices for cultivating and resting in the interconnected heart space of Bodhicitta. Supporting us in knowing an embodied sense of belonging, interconnection and deepening ethical relationship to others, nature and the great mystery of our less conditioned self.

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Week Six: Sunday 16 – Friday 21 May 2021:

During this retreat we will include practices from Kum Nye and Mindfulness that help us cultivate generosity; discipline; patience; diligence; concentration and wisdom. The Buddha spoke about ten perfections or parami. Later these were described as six perfections within Mahayana Buddhism. Whether ten or six, these qualities were recognized as needing to be cultivated in order to become fully self-awakened.

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Weekend Seven: Friday 16 - Sunday 18 July 2021:
"Being Present, Coming Home"

This silent retreat held in the peace and beauty of Dartmoor offers an opportunity to practice with others and develop the capacity to compassionately meet the challenges of our personal and collective experiences in the world.

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Application Process:

1. Statement of intention for application and future application
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Prior Kum Nye experience
4. Previous meditation/clinical experience

Timing for each retreat:

Week: arrival Sunday 5pm – finish Friday lunchtime (12noon) followed by clear-up and leaving so aim to be clear to leave by 1.30pm-2pm at the latest.

Weekends: arrival Friday 5pm – finish Sunday lunchtime (12noon) followed by clear-up and leaving so aim to be clear to leave by 1.30pm-2pm at the latest.

To join individual retreat(s) please write or email detailing which retreat(s) you wish to join together with payment

Please note: The cost of the training only covers the residential, administration costs and travel expenses for teachers, therefore, DANA for the Teachers is welcomed.


Guidelines for Dana – excerpts from Gaia House, Newton Abbot

Dana means “generosity” and “giving” in Pali, the language in which the Buddha’s teachings were originally recorded. The Buddha regularly emphasized in his teaching the value of generosity and sharing what we have with others, as an essential practice of cultivating happiness and wellbeing.

Dana is a foundation principle underlying the running of Retreats, and also at other Insight Meditation centres and Buddhist monasteries, around the world. This follows a two and a half thousand year-old tradition in the transmission of the dharma.

In order to make this opportunity to practice as accessible as possible, the Karuna Institute seeks to keep costs to a minimum. The charge you paid to attend this retreat covers only the ongoing costs of running the centre, including: food; heating; electricity; water; administration etc. The teachers serve and support your retreat out of kindness and generosity: they are not paid for the work they do.

As your time here comes to an end, you have the opportunity to support the teachers who have supported your retreat.

The Buddha encouraged dana and generosity, in recognition of our interdependence, and as a wholesome practice which helps release the heart and mind from greed and negativity. In receiving with gratitude, and giving with generosity, we become more fully conscious participants in the interconnected web of life that supports us all.

Take it as a practice: there is no expected “right amount”, so please listen to your heart and give what you are moved to offer, while also respecting your practical circumstances. Please give generously: your dana ensures the continued transmission of the dharma teachings, and their accessibility to all who wish to receive them. The Directors and Teachers at the Karuna Institute deeply appreciate and thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Thank you

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