More than just sitting

An open minded approach to meditation
During the retreat, Venerable Kumara, a monk from Malaysia, offers a method by which you can convert meditating sitting in silence into an commonplace activity: in every moment and with a relaxed mind.
Venerable U Kumara
The cost of the retreat includes overnight stays, two vegetarian meals a day and coffee & tea: € 717 for a double room and € 767 for a single room. If there are still single rooms, people with medical reasons, or those who registered first, are eligible for a single room. If there is insufficient financial capacity, there is the possibility of an allowance. For this you can contact Jochum Stienstra from the Simsara foundation: In addition, you can make a donation to support the teacher at the end of the retreat. In the Buddhist tradition, the teacher does not ask for an amount for his transfer of knowledge and guidance. As he does not accept money, the monetary donations will be transferred to a fund managed by his supporters. You can register for the retreat from now on. The general terms and conditions and information regarding the payments can be found here: GENERAL- CONDITIONS-SIM-RETRAITES. The registration is final when the payment is received on the account number of the SIM: IBAN NL72 TRIO 0338 4690 87, BIC TRIONL2U, "Stichting Inzichts Meditation te Ezinge", stating "Spiritual Cultivation Retreat 2021" and your full name.
Starting date: 
donderdag, 15 juli, 2021
Starting time: 
08.00 pm (arrival at 06.00 pm)
End date: 
vrijdag, 23 juli, 2021
Building or Centre: 
Meeuwenveen Accommodations
Meeuwenveenweg 1
ZIP code: 
7971 PK

More information and registration

Contact name: 
Yuna van den Adel
Contact E-mail: 
With a clear explanation, using his knowledge of both Western and Buddhist psychology, Venerable Kumara teaches how to let go of the fixation of the mind on "good" meditation and to use every observation to develop the mind. This results in a more relaxed way of awareness, with room for calm and investigation. Everything that draws the mind's attention is seen as an object on which you can gain insight, including your mind patterns that you may be inclined to disapprove. This can provide enormous liberation for the sometimes strict (meditation) attitude that each of us can struggle with. The degree to which you accept yourself, your consciousness and self-insight increase step by step. In addition, Venerable Kumara, with his open minded take on meditation, provides a method that will allow you to become more adept at applying meditative attention at any time of the day, regardless of object and circumstances. The effect of this is that you teach yourself an attitude to life in which you use every moment as an experience that can provide insight. The emphasis is on openly observing any object or phenomenon that presents itself in the moment, whether you are focusing your attention on the breathing or observing what your mind is doing. This opens the way to more self-acceptance and insight. Therefore, this retreat does not work with a fixed schedule where meditation takes place at designated times of the day. The only fixed times in a day are two group sittings, a lecture by the teacher and a small groupdiscussion with the teacher (on alternate days). Between these times you are completely free to practice, for example during a walk in the beautiful wooded area or during the work task for which you can register at the start of the retreat. Outside of the group sessions, the practice takes place in quietude during the retreat.
This retreat is led by:
Venerable U Kumara
Venerable Kumara, a monk for 20 years now, is a meditation teacher from Malaysia. The ability to deal with different techniques and integrate them into a coherent whole makes Venerable Kumara an interesting and special teacher. A teacher who knows how to tailor his advice to each meditator and his/her own unique character, with knowledge, compassion and humor. In addition, he speaks fluent English and is well informed in Western culture. That makes him very accessible to the Western public in particular. He is writing a book, clarifying that jhana in the early Buddhist texts means ‘’meditation’’, which is in line with what is taught by his teacher Sayadaw U Tejaniya, a Myanmar meditation teacher whose teaching is attracting a worldwide audience. That we are able to bring his student, Venerable Kumara, to the Netherlands can therefore be called particularly unique.