Every year, the monastic community (Monks and nuns) go on a three month retreat called the “Rains Retreat” from mid July to mid October. During this period, they do not visit our centres for teachings as it’s a time for deepening their own practice.

While the monks and nuns are away, we will have some interesting guest speakers coming in to give the Friday Night talk.

Matt Gibson: And my Teacher was Pain

For many of us when pain comes along in its myriad of forms, whether sickness, relationship breakdowns, financial troubles, passing of loved ones, as children or adults, we tend to push it away. But when you are backed in a corner with no where to run, what do you do?

Matt Gibson learnt his biggest and most life transforming lessons from this very corner when faced with chronic pain and being told he only had two years to live in his early 20s.

After being introduced to meditation Matt began to see changes in his health which puzzled his doctors. Now after 10 years of practice, where he still uses meditation daily to manage ongoing chronic pain, Matt has become a meditation teacher himself. He will share with us his very personal story, the meditation techniques he uses and the insights he has gleaned on the way.

Whether dealing with physical or emotional pain this night is sure to provide some useful tools for everyone. You will not meet a more kind and gentle and approachable person than Matt, evident of a life lived ‘walking the talk’.

You can book for this free event here.

We apologise for any inconvenience but due to technical issues this event is not able to be live-streamed.


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