From Hungry Ghost to Being Human

  • Kunphen Recovery Center Kunphen Recovery Center
  • Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Oct 8 - 12, 2018 (5 days)
  • Sliding scale Rs 2300 to Rs 5200 to cover food, accommodation and administration.+optional donation for the Teacher and the Centre

About us

‘Being Human’ is an intensive 5-day residential retreat exploring ‘Buddhist’ principles and practices that cultivate a more personally contented experience of everyday living.

‘Being Human’ is an encouragement to lift the veil and break the spell of universal cravings, aversions and confusions that so often manifest as addictions, compulsions; and harmful thinking and behaviours.

This is not a silent retreat but there will be periods of quietude including one complete day of silence.

Healing the Heart-Mind
This retreat includes a progressive investigation of self-views – through the traditional practices of Loving-kindness and Forgiveness – supporting the letting-go of hatred and ill-will for ourselves and for others.  We will learn to incline our minds towards kindness… there is no finer mindfulness!

It is important to note that you do not have to be ‘a Buddhist’ to practice any of the principles discussed, and meditation practices explored.

You should be kind to be a Buddhist;
but you do not have to be a Buddhist to be kind!

Each retreatant will be given a personal set of Tibetan Prayer Flags.  One side of each flag is decorated with wood block prints of auspicious mantras, syllables and prayers – the other side is blank.

Everyone gets a set of personal Prayer-flags

  • Throughout the 5-days, as we progress through our retreat, we are invited to write the names – starting with our own name – of all the many people that we want to send the blessings of loving-kindness and compassion to on our personal prayer-flags.
  • We may also write our own personal aspirations, prayers and wishes creatively using words or images or symbols.
  • We may also write the names – starting with our own name – of the people from whom we might want to ask for forgiveness.
  • And lastly, we may write the names – starting with our own name – of all of the people that we may wish to forgive.



Please note that Vince Cullen will NOT be paid to teach the retreat - his time; travel expenses, the retreat materials, and the teachings are offered freely. However, as is the tradition, you are invited to bring along a voluntary donation (Dana) for the teacher.

Donations are always very welcome and appreciated before or after the event. To offer donations please see :

Event Highlights

  • • Learning to stay with the uncomfortable – "Right Now It’s Like This" !?
  • • Develop an appreciation of the liberating distinction between ‘abstinence’ and ‘abandonment’.
  • • An introduction to and/or deepening of one’s own mindfulness meditation practice as a basic attitude in everyday life.
  • • A basic understanding of the Buddhist principles and practices of mindfulness-based harm reduction, relapse prevention and waking-up from ‘addictions’ and compulsions.
  • • An understanding and appreciation of the difference between ‘abstinence’ and ‘abandonment’ of addictions, compulsions and harmful behaviour (i.e. the Training Precepts compared to the commitment of a Sajja [Vow]).
  • • The opportunity to take part in and/or lead Buddhist-oriented ‘Sit-and-Share‘ peer-led support meetings.
  • • The optional opportunity to make a Sajja [intention/aspiration/commitment/vow] as an outward manifestation of the heart’s desire to move away from suffering towards the end of suffering.


  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea


06:00 * Wake-up bell
06:30 * Qigong, Reading & Meditation
07:30 * Mindful Housekeeping
08:00 * Breakfast (mindfully in silence)
09:30 * Teaching & Practice
12:30 Lunch
14:00 * Teaching & Practice
17:00 Free time
18:00 Dinner
19:00 * Sit-and-Share
21:30 Noble silence until 8:30 am next day.

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian


Twin rooms and dormitories - with shared toilets and bathrooms.


Please confirm your booking and the actual location of your selected retreat BEFORE making travel arrangements.

Kunphen Recovery Centre
[Beyond Tibetan Reception Centre]
Village Thehar,
Manjhi Khad, Khanyara Road,
Dharamshala 176218, District Kangra,
Himachal Pradesh, India

Tags: addiction forgiveness loving-kindness meditation mindfulness recovery

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