Sunday, 28 September 2008

Joy on the Path: A Buddhist/Christian Retreat

Dates: Nov 28th-Dec 1st
Venue: The Abbey Sutton Courtenay
Led by: Ajahn Candasiri and Elizabeth West

The retreat will run from after supper on 28th November until after lunch on Monday 1st December. Priority will be given to those able to attend for the whole retreat. There will be silence for most of the retreat apart from times of sharing, and the first and last meal.

It is a long time since Ajahn Candasiri and Elizabeth West have led a retreat together so there is likely to be great demand. It was from these earlier retreats that the Christian Buddhist Vedanta Network was born.

Accommodation is in single and twin rooms. The Abbey can accommodate up to 17 in its purpose built guest house and in the main house. There are some B & B in the village close to The Abbey. Day attendees are welcome but will be expected to attend the full retreat. All meals are Vegetarian

The cost of the retreat is £150 for a shared room and £165 for a single room. The Abbey has held the cost for the three days at the level normally charged for a two-day retreat. This is to enable participants to make personal contributions to the teachers out of gratitude for the teaching.

Ajahn Candasiri was raised in the Scottish Episcopal Church, but found that her questions on how to live the spiritual life were never answered satisfactorily by Christian teachers. Then she attended a retreat of Ajahn Sumedho, the founder of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. Not long after she sought ordination as a Buddhist nun from him and was one of the first four women in this country to receive ordination into the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. She has been ordained for 25 years and is now one of the Senior Nuns at Amaravati. She has taught retreats extensively and is an excellent meditation teacher and guide.

To Book: Contact: The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon, OX14 4AF
Tel: 01235 847401 Email: Website:

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