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The Wilderness Within: The Subtle Activism of Engaged Buddhists

Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm - Mar 22 @ 1:00 pm SAST

$2 – $350

As we travel deeper into the 21st century we experience more and more acutely – if we are awake and aware – the unravelling of the interconnected cycles and systems which make up this miracle of life on this Earth which is our only home.

We must know that we cannot survive independently from the Earth and her natural cycles and systems. And more, we are made of the same stuff as the stars – we and they have come from the same singularity. Yet a long time ago, before physicists had ever begun to theorize about the Big Bang, the great Zen master Dogen already knew this truth

I came to realize that the mind is nothing but the sun and the moon and countless stars.

Can we also come to this knowing, like Dogen did? And how can we come to know that the sun and moon and stars are within, that the wilderness is within, that we are the whole of it? That in caring for the other one is caring for one’s own self? The Buddha showed us how when he awoke to the Truth while sitting under the Bodhi tree.

Taking advantage of the landscape around the BRC, we will explore the meeting place of the outer and inner worlds to uncover our connection with ourselves, all beings, the sun and moon and stars. The retreat will combine meditation practice, spiral practices from Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects, and silent contemplative walking under the African sky of our first human ancestors.


Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm SAST
Mar 22 @ 1:00 pm SAST
$2 – $350
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The Buddhist Retreat Centre Ixopo
BRC on D64 road
Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal 3276 South Africa
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