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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

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

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

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

A Retreat Full of Taras

Just before Election Day, Dr Ela Manga and I offered the Still Action Retreat, in order to share inward practices for outward impact. In our own work, we have seen how communities are fractured, people are growing more isolated and there is a deep sense of internal dis-ease and disconnection. We have been pondering how [...]

By |2019-05-23T23:41:17+02:00May 23rd, 2019|community, environment, mindfulness, vision|1 Comment

The Heart Sutra

A Valentines’ weekend workshop By Dorcas B. Molefe The workshop was facilitated by Dharma teacher, Dr Ava Avalos, at one of the few places with clean air and clean water; a place of luxurious shades of green, on the weekend of 15 to 17 February, 2019. Dr Avalos’ profound teachings were based on Zen Buddhism, [...]

By |2019-03-03T23:07:58+02:00March 3rd, 2019|community, dharma, meditation, mindfulness|0 Comments

Susan Brunner 20 May 1963 – 23 Jan 2019

Planting of a cherry tree in the food forest in memory of Susan As most of you know by now, our friend Susan died on Wednesday 23rd of January 2019. On Sunday 10 Feb, a cherry tree was planted in memory of Susan in Tatjana's food forest at TRC. Susan loved cherries - they reminded [...]

By |2019-02-14T14:53:53+02:00February 11th, 2019|community, dharma|0 Comments

Relocations – Feb 2019

These have been a major focus of my life of late. I have been involved with relocating from the straw bale house, in which I have lived for about 13 years to my new life right eco home designed and project managed by Coen. The new house is on the permaculture side of the property [...]

By |2019-02-12T17:54:37+02:00February 8th, 2019|community|1 Comment

November 2018 Update from Pippa

Sitting at my desk enjoying a wonderful side-on view of the valley and bush clad hills beyond, is a treat. Yesterday’s welcome rain has brought greenery and a cool washed look to the previously parched and dry veld. The tinkling sound of the running water through the solar flow forms helps to restore the water [...]

By |2018-11-13T00:54:46+02:00November 11th, 2018|community, environment|2 Comments