Kalyana is a word from the Pali language. Pali is the language in which the Buddhist teachings have been written down. It has many meanings such as beautiful, uplifting, lovely, generous, beneficial, auspicious, good companion, spiritual friend, generous, happy and healthy. When Eva was ordainded as a nun in Burma in 1993 she was given the name 'Ma Kalyani'.
Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness is a small Meditation Centre in the town of Dingle. It can host a maximum of 7 participants for retreats, in simple shared accommodation (see photos below). Three daily meals are included in the retreat fee. Delicious vegetarian food is served. The retreats are spent in silence unless indicated otherwise. The lovely garden in the back of the Centre lends itself for formal walking meditation. It is possible to go for walks along the nearby shore after meals. It is a 7 minute walk to Dingle bay.
All retreat participants agree to help for a maximum of 45 minutes a day in a work period with jobs like cleaning, gardening or peeling vegetables. This is an opportunity to practice mindfulness meditation in an everyday activity as well as a support to the centre.
"The practice of giving is universally recognized as one of the most basic human virtues, a quality that testifies to the depth of one's humanity and one's capacity for self-transcendence. In the teaching of the Buddha, too, the practice of giving claims a place of special eminence, one which singles it out as being in a sense the foundation and seed of spiritual development."
Shared accommodation. The bunk beds now have curtains around each bed for privacy.
Shared accommodation for two people.
Kalyana Centre from the back