Remembering the Present

About the retreat

The Buddha’s way of practice centres on mindfulness, the felt continuity of awareness over time. This practice style applies equally to any and every activity, including the most mundane. Mindfulness is not a practice confined a specialised Dharma Hall or to particular meditation exercise. It is as applicable to preparing dinner as it is to sitting in a special posture on a cushion.

An online retreat is a domestic retreat, one carried out in our own unique circumstances in the midst of the everyday. We come together at certain times of day for instruction, discussion and group practice, then separate to apply our practice to our individual lives. In this way we bridge the gap between the dharmic and the domestic. We discover that the way of everyday life is also the way of awakening.

About Patrick

Patrick has been practising Buddhist meditation since the 1970s and teaching full-time since 2000. He teaches satipaṭṭhāna vipassanā (insight through the establishment of mindfulness) in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. His principal teachers have been Panditarama Sayadaw and John Hale. He has also practised Zen, in the Diamond Sangha lineage. His principal teachers have been Robert Aitken Roshi and Paul Maloney Roshi.

Patrick’s approach to meditation is enlivened by his focus on the original teachings of the Buddha – Buddhism before the divisions between Theravada and Mahayana were ever thought of. He applies these teachings directly to life in our contemporary world in an accessible, clear and joyful way.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations are accepted up until two weeks prior to the retreat, and a refund of 90% will be given without question. The additional 10% is kept to cover fees. Cancellations will also be accepted after this date if you have unexpected circumstances, but you will need to contact the retreat manager by email at retreats@mindthegap.events

Fees and dāna

Please note that the fees here are just to cover expenses and build a fund for future retreats. The money does not pay for Patrick's teaching. In the Buddhist tradition, the dharma is felt to be of such great value that it cannot be bought or sold: it can be transmitted and received only as gift. This is dāna, which means “giving” or “gift.” In this spirit, Patrick offers his teaching on this retreat as a gift. His students return his gift in the form of financial support, and Patrick lives on these gifts. Details for giving dāna to Patrick will be provided at the conclusion of the retreat, or can be found on his website https://patrickkearney.net/dana/

Schedules

You can see schedules for several time zones on the schedules page. If you are in a timezone other than those, please email Alex with the desired timezone and he'll generate a new schedule.

Zoom Online Video Platform

The retreat is hosted online using Zoom video meeting software. More details, including the links for the Zoom rooms, will be provided to registered participants close to the retreat.


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Full Time

This is the full time retreat attendance.

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Benefactor

This option is for those who have a higher income or want to contribute to the retreat by funding those who cannot afford the standard cost. This includes three interviews.

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Original price: $250.00

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General

This is the standard full-time retreat attendance with three interviews.

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Concession

Consider yourself eligible for a concession if paying the full price would cause financial issues. To discuss further discounts contact the manager. The concession rate includes three interviews.

5 currently available

Original price: $250.00

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Independent

This is for experienced practitioners only and requires approval from the retreat manager before payment will be accepted. Includes full participation but does not include interviews.
You can adjust the price depending on your financial circumstances. The price can be changed by typing in the box to the right (it should say 200 to begin with).

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Weekend Only (10-12 May)

This option is for full weekend attendance (Saturday and Sunday), plus any public dharma talks throughout the week if desired. Weekend attendance does not include any interviews.

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Benefactor

This option is for those who want to contribute to the retreat by funding others who cannot afford the standard cost.

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Original price: $50.00

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Standard

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Concession

This is for those who cannot afford the standard cost of the retreat.

0 currently available

Original price: $50.00

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FULLY BOOKED
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Public Dharma Talks

This is for the nightly Dharma talks. The zoom link will be sent out to anyone who registers. Questions cannot be asked by those only attending the dharma talks.
The Dharma talks are included in the all attendance options, you do not need to add it if you are already attending the retreat.

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