Patrick Kearney 7 day silent retreat

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Date(s) - Sep 15 2017 - Sep 22 2017
6:00 pm - 11:00 am

Buc Lin Meditation Centre, Buckland Park


A 7 day silent residential retreat held by the Buddhist Society of South Australia. 8 precepts will be observed by participants.

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About Patrick

Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He has trained extensively in the Mahasi approach to insight meditation, his principal teachers being Paṇḍitārāma Sayādaw and John Hale.

Patrick has a particular interest in the original teachings of the Buddha — Buddhism as it was before Theravāda or Mahāyāna were ever thought of. He studies Pāli, the language of the earliest surviving Indian recension of the Buddha’s teachings, and seeks to bring his understanding of the early texts to the practice of dharma in the contemporary world.

How much experience do I need to attend?

Some meditation experience is preferred.

What is included?

Food and accomodation for the week is included.

What kind of accomodation is available?

Each retreatant will have a simple, privately partitioned, single room, containing a single bed.

You should bring your own bedding including blankets/sleeping bag, sheets and pillow.

Bathroom facilities will be gender segregated, with 2 toilets and 2 showers for each gender.

What kind of food will be available?

As we will be upholding the 8 precepts on the retreat there will be no evening meal. All food on the retreat will be vegetarian. Some may contain eggs, dairy, honey, nuts and gluten. Rice, salad and vegetables will be available everyday. All other food will be donated by our volunteer cooks. Please let us know if you have a food allergy which would lead to hospitalisation. We are not able to cater for any other special food requirements.


In Buddhist tradition, the dharma is of such great value that it cannot be bought or sold; it can only be offered and received as a gift (dāna). Patrick offers his teaching as a gift to his students, and they are encouraged to return the gift by making an offering of material support to him. Patrick depends on these gifts he receives from his students for his income.

What should I bring?

You should bring:

  • Bedding including blankets/sleeping bag/doona, sheets and pillow
  • Towel and bathmat (if desired)
  • A torch and/or battery powered lantern for your room, batteries
  • Small clock or watch
  • Warm clothing and socks
  • Loose comfortable, modest, clothing suitable for yoga or bodywork
  • Warm shawl or blanket for use in meditation hall
  • Suitable footwear for outdoors
  • Shoes that easily slip on and off
  • Hot water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Umbrella and/or raincoat
  • Any medications
  • Writing paper & pen for interview notes
  • Dana


  • Cushions are optional and will be provided by the retreat center.

8 precepts

In addition to keeping silence during the retreat, you will be asked to follow 8 precepts:

  1.  To abstain from killing living beings.
  2. To abstain from taking what is not given.
  3. To abstain from sexual misconduct.
  4. To abstain from dishonest speech
  5. To abstain from intoxicants.
  6. To abstain from taking food after midday. (medical exemption available)
  7. To abstain from music, entertainment, perfumes and fragrances, or adornments.
  8. To abstain from using high or luxurious beds.

A light supper of ‘evening allowables’ will be provided. This includes hot drinks, cheese, dark chocolate and lollies.

Bookings Details

Places are strictly limited to 17 people.

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