21 Day Dharma Encampment with Dónal Creedon
November 30 @ 6:00 pm - December 21 @ 1:00 pm
The idea of the Dharma encampment is to create an environment to inquire into and practice the way of truth or Dharma.
The purpose to bring about qualitative change in our lives by bringing forth innate intelligence (prajna ) and compassion ( karuna). Without understanding ourselves , whatever we do will caught in the traps of habit. We become victims of the dead past and illusory future. As a zen master said ‘the past swallows up the present and spits it out’.
To understand our life we have to understand the mind and the ways our thinking shapes our experience and perception for good or ill. This requires a basic seriousness as well as the disciplines of sustained attention, listening, and meditation.
We need to observe the movement of life in the field of living. The book is our daily life.
The lens through which we will explore will be Buddhist teaching from the way of individual liberation (Sravakayana) and way of the universal wheel (Mahayana). We will look into the various philosophical underpinnings to the way of truth. In particular we will try to relate the teachings and practice to our everyday experience of living in the world.
This retreat is especially suitable for those with some practice experience however sincere beginners are welcome. It is best if one can attend the whole retreat but partial attendance is permitted on a weekly basis. The daily program will consist of teachings, sitting and walking meditation as well as dialogue.
Each person should be committed to the full retreat program and leave personal demands and agendas aside. This is essential and a condition for attending . Our retreat is informed by Buddhist ethics, view and practice.
Ethical conduct and sensitivity to others is assumed.
Recommended reading but not obligatory ‘the Two Truths’ by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
Those who wish to do part of the retreat will be able to attend for a week, a fortnight or the full 21 days. Less than one week is not permitted.
The retreat will be followed by a 5 day inquiry retreat, with a break of 2 days. You are welcome to stay on – daily accommodation rates apply for the 2 day break.
About Dónal Creedon
Dónal Creedon is a Buddhist meditation teacher with many years 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 which 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 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).
Cost excludes 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 400||R12 100||R17 200|
|Single use of twin/double room (if space available), shared bathroom:||R6 100||R11 500||R16 300|
|Single en suite room (if available)||R6 100||R11 500||R16 300|
|Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):||R5 700||R10 800||R15 300|
|Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person):||R5 100||R9 600||R13 600|
|Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person):||R4 300||R8 100||R11 500|
|Single Rooms (Office Block)||R4 000||R7 500||R10 600|
|Dormitory||R3 500||R6 700||R9 500|
|Camping TRC Tent||R3 500||R6 700||R9 500|
|Camping (own tent)||R2 800||R5 300||R7 600|
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 10am, 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 5.30pm. Please book international flights to leave after 8pm.
For the weeks in between, it is unlikely that there will be enough people for the shuttle, but TRC will help with car pooling where possible. It is also possible to get the Intercape bus from Park Station to Groot Marico (around R250) and TRC can arrange a lift to the Centre for R100.
For more general retreat information, please click here.