At the end of February 2012 a weekend retreat was held on the topic of training with depression. It was initiated by Eric Nicholson of the Newcastle Meditation group in consultation with the Guest department at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey. Part of Ministeracres retreat centre in Co. Durham was hired for the retreat and two senior monks from the Abbey were invited to join the retreat on the Saturday. One of the main aims of the weekend was to “establish ongoing support for congregation members who experience or have experienced depression and/or anxiety…” and there is now a support group set up (see note to the first two articles).
The third article is an edited version of a facebook discussion that started with a few open questions from laypeople regarding antidepressants, and developed from there, with contributions from various members of the Sangha.
Article to download as pdf: Three articles on training with depression