A Christmas Reflection
Christmas is often associated as a pinnacle of joy and merriment. However, the time of waiting, or the dark nights of December that lead us into the light of celebration are a wonderful opportunity to drop into stillness and prepare mindfully, peacefully and lovingly for the wonder of the season.
This December, The Sanctuary invites you to join us for a month long online Christmas reflection in which we will explore the benefits of slowing down, letting go and resting as we prepare for the return of light and the first shoots of inspiration after a time of gestation.
Through a series of guest spiritual teachers and meditation practice sessions, we will explore the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy & Love.
4 Weekend Teachings Saturday mornings from 10.30 am -12.30 pm
4 Midweek Practice Sessions on Wednesday mornings from 8 -8.30 am
The Christmas reflection ends on Winter Soltice or Monday December 21st (10am) at our Community Meditation.
Hope: Saturday, November 28th
Brother Richard Hendrick
Brother Richard is a priest-friar of the Irish branch of the Capuchin Franciscan Order who authored the viral poem ‘Lockdown’. For over 20 years he has worked to bring the insights of the Christian Contemplative tradition to greater public awareness, particularly with reference to modern Mindfulness theory. He has worked with the Sanctuary for many years developing many courses and trainings particularly for young people and their teachers.
Peace: Saturday, December 5th
A monk within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Choden (aka Sean Mc Govern) completed a three year, three month retreat in 1997 and has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness and compassion programmes drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, as well as contemporary insights from psychology and neuroscience.
He co-wrote a book with Paul Gilbert in 2012, entitled ‘Mindful Compassion’ that explores the interface between Buddhist and Evolutionary approaches to compassion training. In 2016 he completed a one year retreat focused on the foundation practices of Tibetan Buddhism.
Joy: Saturday, December 12th
Sister Chân Đức
Sister Chân Đức has been a disciple of Thầy since 1986. She became the first Western European woman to be ordained as a nun by Thầy on November 10th 1988 in India. She received the Lamp Transmission to become a Dharma Teacher in 1990 and served as Director of Practice at Plum Village. She is the former abbess of the Green Mountain Dharma Centre in the USA. Sister Chân Đức named to head the Unified Buddhist Church in 1998.
She is a much-loved senior Dharma Teacher and travels widely, leading meditation retreats, including in her ancestral land of England. She inspires many with her unique teaching style throughout the world. She is currently Dean of Practice at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany.
Love: Saturday, December 19th
Sr. Stan is one of the founders of The Sanctuary. She is a visionary and social innovator and a member of the congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity since 1958.
Sr. Stan is also the founder of Focus Ireland, the Immigrant Council of Ireland and Young Social Innovators. She is the author of numerous books, her most recent: “The Sacred Life of Everything”.
Stan has been leading the community and teaching meditation and mindfulness for years with The Sanctuary.
The teachings will be accompanied with 4 Mid- Week Practice sessions on Wednesday Mornings at 8.00am with Jane Negrych
Jane Negrych is the Managing Director of The Sanctuary. She has completed her MSc: Studies in Mindfulness with The University of Aberdeen and is an Honorary Lecturer on the programme. She also teaches on the Caring for the Caregivers programme, the SWAY Programme and the MBLC: Being Present Teacher Training for The Sanctuary.