Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness is a small residential Meditation Centre located in the town of Dingle, on the Dingle Peninsula, in the south west of Ireland. The Centre offers retreats and courses based on the liberating teachings of the Buddhist Philosophy.
It offers Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness based Stress Reduction courses as well as the 'Awakening Joy' course, based on James Baraz book 'Awakening Joy'.
The teaching and practice of Mindfulness Meditation is open to anyone interested in exploring themselves and the deeper meaning of life, to anyone who wants to transform suffering and develop peace of mind. In order to practice Mindfulness Meditation it is not necessary to define yourself in a religious belief. Anybody, regardless of age, gender and religious affiliation is welcome to practice and will greatly benefit from it.
Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness based Stress Reduction enable us to cope with life's challenges, no matter how hard they are, and to relax through a deeper understanding in the midst of life's difficulties. The aim is to be contented and at ease.
Gentle exercises based on Kum Nye Yoga (Tibetan Healing Yoga) are integrated in many of the retreats offered in Kalyana. The cultivation of Loving Kindness (Metta) and Compassion (Karuna) and Altruistic Joy (Mudita) are taught in combination with Mindfulness Meditation or in separate workshops. Sound Focussing is another tool used to focus and calm the mind and heart in some of the retreats.
About the Centre
Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness is a small Meditation Centre in the heart of Dingle town. It can host 10 participants for retreats, mostly in shared accommodation with an option for single rooms. Delicious vegetarian food is served for the three daily meals. The lovely garden at the back of the centre lends itself to formal walking meditation. A short 7 minute walk will lead you to Dingle Bay and it is possible to go for walks along its beautiful shoreline after the meals.
All retreats are spent in silence, unless it is mentioned otherwise in the program.
Retreat participants offer to help for a 45 minute work period per day with jobs like cleaning, gardening, peeling vegetables, etc. The retreats could not be offered so inexpensively without this support. It also provides an opportunity to practice mindfulness meditation in an everyday activity.
Kalyana is a word from the Pali language. Pali is the language in which the Buddhist teachings have been written down. It has many meanings such as beautiful, uplifting, lovely, generous, beneficial, auspicious, good companion, spiritual friend, generous, happy and healthy. When Eva was ordainded for 6 months as a nun in Burma in 1993 she was given the name 'Ma Kalyani'.
To view the 2013/2014 program of courses at Kalyana Centre and other locations - click here
If you would like to see how Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help bring peace to your hectic schedule - click here to read more.
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