Creative Formations – Saṅkhāra – 1609BUPS02

Early Buddhist Psychology – Creative Formations – Saṅkhāra

12th – 16th Sept 2016: Karuna Institute, Devon, UK

‘All sankhārā are impermanent, apply yourselves with diligence’: the last words of the Buddha.

‘Sankhārā’ is one of the most commonly used and questionably translated terms in the Pāli Canon.  As it refers to the activities that govern body, speech/thought, and mind/heart, it is also one of the most crucial themes to focus on for clarity, composure and liberation.

In this retreat, Ajahn Sucitto will present teachings on sankhārā (which he calls ‘programs’) and offer guidance on how meditation can help us to handle them skilfully.  The retreat will have regular periods for meditation as well as talks and discussion


Ajahn_SucittoAJAHN SUCITTO was born in London; he entered monastic life in Thailand in 1975 and since 1978 has lived in Britain. He has been teaching Dhamma since 1980, both in meditation retreats and in talks given regularly in monasteries. He has written a number of books and teaches worldwide. Since 1992 he has been the Sanghathera and senior incumbent of Cittaviveka monastery in West Sussex. Website: || Blog: Reflections

Event Details

  • Silent residential meditation retreat with talks and discussion
  • Accommodation in shared rooms
  • All meals included – vegetarian food
  • Full Payment required on booking (Deposits cannot be taken for retreats under 5 days in length)
  • Please read the Booking Conditions before booking

We are now able to offer below camping places as well as non residential places  for participants leaving in the vicinity of the Karuna institute.  Alternatively,  please feel free to join the waiting list below and should a residential place become available we will contact you asap.

  • September 12, 2016 - September 16, 2016
    6:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Venue Phone: 01647 221457

Venue Website:

Natsworthy Manor, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7TR, United Kingdom


karunaThe Karuna Institute provides opportunities for deepening embodied awareness and cultivating presence and open-heartedness in relationship.

The integration of mindfulness practices with western psychotherapeutic and Craniosacral Biodynamic practices is entirely unique. The Institute is evolving its own wisdom tradition, which acknowledges its ancient roots in Buddhist psychology, ethics and practice and also its roots in western psychodynamic psychotherapeutic practice. It provides unique contemporary trainings at the forefront of orthodox and complementary healthcare.

Natsworthy Manor is surrounded by private grounds and located in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, one of Britain’s most beautiful natural sites. The open and rugged splendour of the countryside and freely roaming ponies, sheep and cattle are all on our doorstep.

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