Patrick Kearney

Patrick's 2016 Schedule

16/01/2016 10:24

Here you can download a pdf of Patrick's current schedule (last edited September 2016): 04_Patrick_Kearney_2016_schedule.pdf (175,3 kB).

30 November - 6 December 2016: Mindfulness Immersed in Body - A Satipatthana Retreat at BUBS, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

30/11/2016 13:56

30 November – 6 December 2016: Mindfulness Immersed in Body – A Satipatthana retreat at the Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (BUBS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This retreat is suitable for experienced and beginning practitioners. BUBS is a lay society that propagates Theravada Buddhism, and it is situated in the Petaling Jaya district of Kuala Lumpur. BUBS engages in a range of community activities, including hosting retreats and workshops by visiting teachers. This retreat provides a taste of meditation practice when it is firmly embedded within its tradition.

In this retreat, Kit Laughlin will be co-teaching with Patrick. He will teach an early morning exercise session, lead guided meditations in the lying down posture, and provide individual consultations on posture problems. Kit is the creator of the Stretch Therapy and Strength & Flexibility exercise modalities. He is a long-time meditation practitioner who brings to his practice a depth of knowledge of the human body rarely found in the specialised world of Buddhist meditation. For more information about Kit, visit his website at stretchtherapy.net.

Cost: As BUBS is a Theravāda Buddhist organisation, the retreat is held on a dāna, or “gift,” basis. See below for more information on dāna.

Enquiries & bookings: Register online at: bubsoc.org. For further information email Sis. Y Y Kow at yykow1 (at) gmail (dot) com. For general information about BUBS, visit their website at bubsoc.org.

December 2016: Mindfulness Immersed in Body - A satipatthana retreat at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping Malaysia

08/10/2015 18:19

December 2016: Mindfulness Immersed in Body – A Satipatthana retreat at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping Malaysia

This retreat is suitable for experienced and beginning practitioners. SBS is a monastery and retreat centre located in the hills above Taiping, located on the west coast of peninsula Malaysia about 100 km south of Penang. The venue is beautiful, and the community is extremely supportive. The retreat provides a taste of meditation practice when it is firmly embedded within its tradition. 

In this retreat, Kit Laughlin will be co-teaching with Patrick. He will teach an early morning exercise session, lead guided meditations in the lying down posture, and provide individual consultations on posture problems. Kit is the creator of the Stretch Therapy and Strength & Flexibility exercise modalities. He is a long-time meditation practitioner who brings to his practice a depth of knowledge of the human body rarely found in the specialised world of Buddhist meditation. For more information about Kit, visit his website at www.kitlaughlin.com.

Cost: As SBS is a Theravāda Buddhist monastery, the retreat is held on a dana, or “gift,” basis. See below for more information on dana.

Information & bookings: The dates for the 2016 retreat have not yet been set, but you can expect a two-week retreat finishing before Christmas. For general information on SBS, see their website at www.sasanarakkha.org. For information about the retreat, contact the SBS office at office (at) sasanarakkha (dot) org.

A note on dana

08/10/2015 18:20

Patrick is a full time dharma teacher and lives on dana, or gift. In Buddhist tradition, the dharma is felt to be of such great value that it cannot be bought or sold. It is not a commodity. It can be received and transmitted only as gift. The dharma cannot be found in the economy of the market, but only in the economy of gift. 

What are the implications of entering this economy? The teaching is given. How do we respond when we recognise we have received a gift? We are moved to give something in return, thus completing the gift. This natural response marks our entry into the economy of gift, where buying and selling are replaced by giving and receiving, and where the defining relationship is friendship. 

The act of giving is a declaration of mutual respect. Giver and receiver recognise they share the same fundamental values and concerns. The gift takes us beyond the limitations of our normal self-interest and opens us to a life of mutual care, called good friendship (kalyāṇa mittatā) by the Buddha. 

When Patrick teaches retreats, he does not charge for his services as a teacher; he does not sell the dharma. Rather, he provides his teaching as a gift. His students may be moved to return this gift, by providing him with financial support so he can continue his work.

Another way to support Patrick in his work would be deposit money directly into his bank account. You might consider making small but regular gifts into his account. This is very helpful as it gives him a steady income. However, any gift is greatly appreciated, and helps him to continue to nurture the dharma in Australia and beyond. 

Patrick’s account details: 

Bank: Members Equity
BSB: 944 300
Account number: 9288538
Account holder: P J Kearney 

May the virtue of your gift be a support for you and for all beings to attain nibbana,
the complete cessation of pain.

10 – 19 March 2017: Satipatthana retreat at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre (BMIMC), Medlow Bath NSW

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This retreat emphases the cultivation of a felt sense of continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. It is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. BMIMC is a small and comfortable centre located in the upper Blue Mountains. It provides an intimate and supportive atmosphere for intensive meditation practice. For more information about BMIMC, visit their website at  bmimc.org.au .

Cost: $785 + dana. See below for more information about dana.

Information and bookings: Contact BMIMC at office (at) bmimc (dot) org (dot) au, or phone (02) 4788 1024. To register for retreats, refer to the Centre's retreat booking page. The Centre's postal address is: 25 Rutland Road, Medlow Bath NSW 2780.