Meditation

The Value of Meditation in Challenging Times

Theme Each of us has the potential to be whole and free, but few of us realise this potential. Many of us go through our lives under a spell of imperfection – thinking and feeling that things are not right with us and life never really hits the spot. There is a gnawing feeling of [...]

By |2021-11-20T10:50:23+02:00December 26th, 2021|, , , , |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

Insight Retreat : Working Creatively with Negative Emotions – Choden

Many people relentlessly battle with their emotions and end up leading conflicted and unhappy lives. But this does not have to be the case. In Buddhism the negative emotions are described as ‘mind poisons’, but the poison contains hidden gold. This retreat will focus on working creatively with the negative emotions that afflict us. It [...]

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

Kagyu Practice Retreat

Please join us for a full moon weekend to reconnect with practice, lineage, and old Dharma friends. The benefits and merits of practicing on moon days are immeasurable. Lama Yeshe Rinpoche has advised us to practice the first two special foundational practices of Refuge and Bodhicitta, and Dorje Sempa. Included will be talks,  meditation sessions, [...]

By |2021-01-24T19:21:13+02:00February 26th, 2021|, , , |0 Comments

New Year No Intentions Retreat

with Lucy Draper-Clarke "The best laid schemes of mice and men Often go awry, And leave us nought but grief and pain, For promised joy! Robert Burns As 2020 showed us, we have entered a time of disruption. How many of us set goals and intentions for the new year, and then had to take [...]

By |2021-01-16T16:00:44+02:00February 19th, 2021|, , , |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

Changing humanity one person at a time

I felt a fair amount of trepidation ahead of spending my first Christmas away from family and friends, meditating with a group of strangers - but I have no regrets! Tara Rokpa Centre is situated in a beautiful part of South Africa’s North West Province, in a lush green valley where every day is full [...]

By |2020-01-10T11:31:28+02:00January 9th, 2020|dharma, environment, meditation, mindfulness|0 Comments
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