Emptiness – The True Nature Of Reality

Class/Course Date(s) & Time:
Friday 31st March-Sunday 2nd April, Starts 19:30 Finishes 13:00

Class/Course Level:
GreenRecommended for those with some experience of Buddhist Meditation

Bodhisattva KMC (Venue Map & Information)
3 Lansdowne Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1DN


On this weekend retreat we will meditate on Buddha’s teachings on the profound view of emptiness, the true nature of our reality. By meditating on emptiness we can realize the world is merely an appearance to mind, like a dream, and through this this we can learn to let go, live lightly in our world, and keep a happy mind.

To use an analogy, when we dream at night we believe the dream appearances are real and, in the case of a nightmare, we experience many painful emotions such as fear and anxiety. When we wake up in the morning we realise, with relief, it was just a dream and that it never truly existed. In the same way in our daily life we believe that the world is real and, as a result, we experience constant fear and insecurity. By meditating on emptiness, the true nature of our reality, we can awaken from this dream (the cycle of suffering – samsara) and find permanent liberation from our suffering.

The retreat venue

The environment of Bodhisattva KMC is very relaxing and there is plenty of time between retreat sessions to enjoy our café, to meet and chat with other retreaters and the community of Bodhisattva KMC, and to enjoy walking and gentle strolls along the Brighton and Hove sea front and promenade. The peaceful surroundings of Bodhisattva KMC help people to create a comfortable space within their own minds.

The retreat schedule

The retreat will begin Friday 31st March in the evening at 7.30 pm with an introduction and conclude on Sunday 2nd April at 2.00pm (after lunch). The retreat session times will be as follows:

7.30 – 8.45 pm : Introduction

9.30 – 10.45 am : Meditation session
11.45 am – 1.00 pm : Meditation session
(Lunch 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm)
4.00 – 5.15 pm : Meditation session
7.30 – 8.45 pm : Meditation session

9.30 – 10.45 am : Meditation session
11.45 am – 1.00 pm : Meditation session
(Lunch 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm)

Fees for the weekend retreat

Accommodation options (per person):
Single room: £90
Twin Room: £60
Double Room: £60
Male Dormitory: £28
Female Dormitory: £28

Class/Course Fee:
£55 (includes food and refreshments)
This course can be attended non-residentially

Course Booking:
Our weekend courses can be booked with a 25% deposit. The booking system is easy to use and will give you all the information you need regarding accommodation options and fees. All bookings are made through a secure online system, and you will receive an instant payment notification as well as confirmation of your course booking.

Payment Information:
We use PayPal as our payment gateway, but you do not need a PayPal account to pay. After you have registered for your course, you will automatically be directed to PayPal to process your payment, where you can choose to "Check Out as a Guest".