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Baby Bodhisattvas – Daily Life Dharma

by the lazy Buddhist #ImStaying is a Facebook group that has taken South Africa by storm. With over 891 000 members (and counting) guys, it’s big. It was founded on 7 September 2019 with the core ethos to honour all those who still believe that we as a nation can turn things around. With so [...]

By |2019-11-24T12:27:01+02:00November 24th, 2019|community, dharma, other, writing|0 Comments

Writing, Breathing, Dancing – Another Writing retreat with Anton

“…everything in life is speaking…there is nothing which is silent…the word is not only what is audible to us, but the word is all.”  Hazrat Inayat Khan For the last 5 years, I’ve been putting together this annual mindful writing retreat for TRC. Every year the structure changes as I pick up new exercises from [...]

By |2019-11-24T12:42:45+02:00November 24th, 2019|mindfulness, poetry, writing|0 Comments

Community Projects Update

As the year draws to a close, welcome rains for the past 2 weeks have brought abundant growth to the previously parched earth. This will lessen the ever-present risk of destructive fires. A lot of my time and energy, along with a support team steered by Michele Schiess has been devoted to the new chapter [...]

By |2019-11-24T12:23:24+02:00November 24th, 2019|community, environment, Non Profit, permaculture|0 Comments

Vacancy: TRC Centre Manager

We are looking for a Centre Manager at Tara Rokpa Centre. TRC is a peaceful retreat centre, situated on 280 hectares of land. TRC hosts a variety of retreats and events throughout the year, and can sleep up to 60 participants, on three sites. Although our roots are Buddhist, the centre is multi-purpose and offers [...]

By |2019-11-05T08:50:18+02:00November 5th, 2019|vacancies|0 Comments

Spring Update from Pippa

The first day of spring was followed by a night where the temperature dropped to  -6 degrees. Such changing weather patterns we have to adjust to! We have the welcome energy of volunteers at TRC offering their time and skills. Alex from Austria is a delightful energetic worker,  keen walker and gardener, and is busy [...]

By |2019-09-05T20:43:29+02:00September 5th, 2019|community, environment|0 Comments

Refurbishing the TRC Houses

Spring is in the air here at Tara Rokpa. The blossom is out and the tiny green shoots are appearing on the trees. Even the swallows have arrived which is always a beautiful sign to me that spring is finally here. Spring is a time of renewal, and the chance to begin a new season [...]

By |2019-09-03T21:44:03+02:00September 3rd, 2019|community, vision, wish list|0 Comments

Tikologo Steward(s) Position September 2019

Background The Tikologo Permaculture Site is located within the grounds of the Tara Rokpa Centre. This is a peaceful retreat centre in the Groot Marico District, situated on 280 hectares of land. Although our roots are Buddhist, the centre is multi-purpose and offers opportunities for spiritual, emotional, social and environmental healing. Tara Rokpa Centre was [...]

By |2019-09-03T21:24:05+02:00September 3rd, 2019|environment, permaculture, vacancies|0 Comments

Daily Life Dharma – Patience is not really my thing

Patience is not really my thing... which has made the Buddhist quality of forbearance tricky to understand, never mind put into practice. Tai Situpa defined forbearance  using three very practical aspects. (https://www.samyeling.org/buddhism-and-meditation/teaching-archive-2/chamgon-khentin-tai-situpa/the-paramita-of-forbearance/) The first is to refrain from hurting those who have hurt us. The second is to cope with whatever suffering we have to [...]

By |2019-09-03T20:33:30+02:00September 3rd, 2019|dharma, mindfulness|0 Comments

The Kagyu Monlam – A trip to Samye Ling and back

There I was, living at the tip of Africa looking for something, not really sure what, confused by the roots of my German-Indian descent: not at home, nor here nor there, standing on the halfway line between those two worlds. They say Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places on earth and South [...]

By |2019-08-10T10:38:54+02:00August 9th, 2019|community, dharma|0 Comments