Who we are
European Co-Sponsors are a group of volunteers who are united in the same purpose of promoting Samatha Meditation and Jhāna practice for all people throughout Europe.
We are striving to build a community and provide a supportive ethos and environment, so each person can flourish. We organise Samatha retreats throughout Europe in order to provide longer periods of time for anyone who is interested in deepening their daily practice.
For people with little or no previous experience of meditation these retreats provide a structured introduction. They also provide an opportunity for people who have done other forms of meditation to explore this particular breathing mindfulness technique, with opportunities for discussion and individual guidance by experienced teachers.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī