Life, Death, and Opening the Way to Bodhicitta (Heart) with Dónal Creedon
November 30 @ 6:00 pm - December 21 @ 1:00 pm
Our retreat will provide a temenos (Greek sanctuary or sacred precinct) in which, with the help of the Buddhist teachings, we can explore the contents of our lives. That is to see if we can live sanely and gracefully with presence and sense of beauty in a world gone mad. To do this we need to look into the complexities of thought and it’s shadowlands of hope and fear. Particularly we know that fear is one of the greatest problems in life. To understand the networks of sorrow and fear we need to go to the source.
The source lies in fathomless well of mind and the tributaries of thought. It is ‘thought’ that shapes our experience and perception for good or ill. We will use the arts of listening, inquiry and meditation as our means. This is the royal way to the depths of the heart which as the great Sufi said ‘unrolls to eternity’.
My hope is that the retreat will help bring about a qualitative change in our lives. The daily program will consist of teachings, sitting and walking meditation as well as dialogue. The teachings will include and follow on from last year’s teachings i.e. teachings on the views and practices of Buddha dharma.
Conditions for Attendance
Each person should be committed to the full program and leave personal demands and agendas aside. This is essential. Ethical conduct based on Buddhist precepts and sensitivity to others is assumed. The retreat is based on the triple trajectory of Sīla, Samadhī, and Prajñā or in English; Ethics, Meditation, and Wisdom.
Activities such as offering various therapies etc for money are not permitted however it is fine to help others if needed.
If you cannot fulfill these conditions please do not come.
It is preferable to do the entire retreat. However, those that can only do one or two weeks may join in from either Monday 30 Nov or Monday 7 December.
You are welcome to stay on after the retreat. There will be a break of a day before the Simply Meditation retreat. Daily accommodation rates apply for the in-between day.
About Dónal Creedon
Dónal Creedon is a Buddhist meditation teacher with many years of experience, loved and deeply appreciated for his warmth, openness, and sincerity. He studied and practiced with Buddhist masters of the Kagyu practice lineage in Europe as well as in India and Nepal. This involved many years of intense retreat. Dónal also spent a number of years at the Krishnamurti Centre in Varanasi as resident Buddhist scholar. Thus the radical inquiry of Krishnamurti informs his approach.
In 2017, he published ‘The Main of Light’, a study that examines the teachings of J Krishnamurti in the light of Buddhist teachings, specifically the teachings of the Mahamudra and Dzogchen lineages. The teachings of the Buddha and Krishnamurti both explore the most profound and fundamental questions of human existence. They directly address the questions of sorrow, fear, and death, as well as the deepest meaning a human life can attain beyond the travail and illusion of dualism. They point to the sources of sorrow and the ending of sorrow, to the possibility of living a life informed by intelligence and compassion. As Dónal says: “It is my hope that this study will serve as a modest contribution to what I feel is an immensely important area of human exploration. I hope it will stimulate questions not only in Buddhist and Krishnamurti students but anyone interested in the deep problems that affect our world so grievously.”
The cost includes accommodation, all ova-lacto meals from supper on the first night to lunch on the last day, a supplement for airfares, and an optional R60 environmental levy. There is a 5 % discount for a stay of 2 weeks and a 10 % discount for 3 weeks.
TRC members receive a 10% discount on all length retreats (if they have been members for 6 months already).
The costs exclude dana (an offering of appreciation to the teacher), and staff tips.
|7 Nights||14 nights||21 nights|
|Single-use of ensuite room (if space available)||R6,800||R12,800||R18,200|
|Single-use of twin/double room (if space available), shared bathroom||R6,400||R12,100||R17,200|
|Single en suite room||R6,400||R12,100||R17,200|
|Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available)||R6,100||R11,500||R16,300|
|Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person):||R5,400||R10,300||R14,600|
|Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person):||R4,700||R8,800||R12,500|
|Single Rooms (Office Block)||R4,300||R8,100||R11,500|
|Camping TRC Tent||R3,900||R7,300||R10,400|
|Camping (own tent)||R3,200||R6,000||R8,500|
Please use our online booking form, which can be completed easily on a phone or tablet.
A 50% deposit, non-refundable, but transferrable, will secure your choice of accommodation
Depending on numbers, group transport may be organized, depending on demand. On 30th November, the shuttle will leave from OR Tambo at 12 noon, so please ensure that international flights arrive before 10 am, to give you time to collect your luggage and pass through immigration. On the return trip, the shuttle will depart TRC after lunch, to arrive at ORT by 5.30 pm. Please book international flights to leave after 8 pm.
For the weeks in between, it is unlikely that there will be enough people for the shuttle, but TRC will help with carpooling where possible. It is also possible to get the Intercape bus from Park Station to Groot Marico (around R300) and TRC can arrange a lift to the Centre for R125.
For more general retreat information, please click here.