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Kum Nye Training
Meditation Retreats and Kum Nye Training

Kum Nye Retreats 2019 & 2020

Each year the Institute offers meditation retreats. Although open to anyone interested, the emphasis of the retreat is for people in the helping professions. The retreats are usually in silence.


The retreat fee covers residential costs and the travel expenses of the teachers. The teachings are offered freely according to the Buddhist tradition. Voluntary donations to support the teachers can be given separately at the end of the retreat.

NB: You do not have to be a Karuna student in order to join retreats. They are open to all – you just need experience / feel comfortable with silent retreats.

Friday 31 January - Sunday 2 February 2020 (weekend):
"Inherent States of Wellbeing"

Teachers : Cheryl Allen and Grainne Delaney

Cost for the Retreat: £240 (£180 unwaged) plus DANA

To join the retreat please write or email detailing together with payment:
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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Sunday 26 April - Friday 1 May 2020 (5 day):
"The Parmitas"

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

Cost for the Retreat: £600 (£450 unwaged) plus DANA

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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Friday 12 - Sunday 14 June 2020 (weekend):
"The Interconnected Field of Heartfulness"

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

Cost for the Retreat: £240 (£180 unwaged) plus DANA

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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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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