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Extraordinary Purification Practices with Alan Muller

As a first-time visitor to Tara Rokpa Centre, it was easy for me to blend into the environment simply because of the scenery and it was what my heart had been yearning for, for a very long time. Completely different from what you get at a vacation, for me, a vacation means how do I [...]

By |2022-05-22T16:55:40+02:00May 22nd, 2022|blog, dharma, meditation|0 Comments

Daily Life Dharma – Taking Stock

by the lazy Buddhist Happy New Year! It’s 2022 and I’m probably not the only one who happily waved goodbye to 2021 and its challenges. Early on in the year, I came across a Facebook post in which H.E. Garchen Rinpoche talks of what Khenpo Munsel Rinpoche taught him while in prison. ‘When you find [...]

By |2022-01-25T12:57:10+02:00January 25th, 2022|blog, community, dharma, other, writing|0 Comments

Daily Life Drama by the lazy Buddhist

Goodness, I am showing my age. Way back in 2007, when Clive Holmes visited South Africa, I was fortunate enough to attend his Better Health through Meditation Retreat at the Randburg Centre. It was in the good old days, long before Drupon Rinpoche pointed out that taking notes was not the best way to benefit [...]

By |2021-06-14T17:20:14+02:00June 14th, 2021|community, dharma, mindfulness|0 Comments

Seeing the Dharma path in life situations

On my first visit to India, after attending teachings by H.E Tai Situpa, I decided to go to McLeod Ganj where H.H. Dalai Lama was giving all-day transmissions at his monastery. Anyone who has visited this monastery will know that approaching and entering it is not straightforward for a first-timer. I arrived when the teachings [...]

By |2021-06-14T16:35:10+02:00June 14th, 2021|community, dharma, meditation, mindfulness|0 Comments

Cultivating Confidence on the Path

A Contemplation from Alan Muller "With shamata practice, we learn to detect impulses in their early stages. We can check an impulse toward anger before exploding like a volcano. If we do not recognize that impulse, then the repetition of angry outbursts strengthens the tendency toward anger and creates its own karmic energy, it's own [...]

By |2021-03-07T14:49:00+02:00March 7th, 2021|dharma, meditation, mindfulness|1 Comment

Prayers for the Pandemic to Subside

The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa presented a series of Prayers for the Pandemic to Subside You can find more information on the official Kagyu website Day 1 Hello everyone. Tashi delek. I am very happy to be able to recite prayers together with all of you for the pandemic to subside. We will recite prayers for [...]

By |2020-04-28T20:35:47+02:00April 28th, 2020|dharma|0 Comments

Daily Life Dharma – Delusions of Compassion

Never mind delusions of grandeur, I have just discovered I’m mired in delusions of compassion. I thought I had an idea of what compassion is and isn’t. I don’t! You know how, when you are doing Ngondro, or Chenrezig, simply contemplating the suffering of beings in the lower realms can bring tears to your eyes? [...]

By |2020-02-13T17:50:10+02:00February 13th, 2020|dharma|0 Comments

Retreating with Dónal Creedon

Getting to the retreat was, for those of us who arrived in the second week, quite an experience – the rains had turned the roads into deep mud, and alternative routes were equally rough. Other participants had travelled from the northern hemisphere, or from different corners of South Africa, all drawn to spend hours a [...]

By |2020-01-12T12:19:20+02:00January 12th, 2020|Birding, dharma, meditation|0 Comments

Retreating in December with Dónal Creedon

Tara Rokpa Centre is a supreme setting for this special retreat. Set in the dramatic scenery of the North West province - wild and wonderful – busting with all the elements of nature and with the living solidity of the Eco/ Adobe buildings - this venue established by our beloved teacher, Akong Rinpoché, made for [...]

By |2020-02-13T18:53:14+02:00January 9th, 2020|dharma, meditation, mindfulness|0 Comments

21 Day Dharma Encampment with Dónal Creedon

The tradition of encampments is seen in the nomadic lifestyles of the fourth to the ninth Karmapas, as they travelled through the peaks and valleys of the Tibetan landscape. Notably, it was not what the areas offered the travellers that would encourage them to set up camp for periods of time, but rather where, “the [...]

By |2020-01-09T22:21:41+02:00January 9th, 2020|dharma, meditation|0 Comments
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