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"Plentiful - The Big Book Of Buddha Food" to be launched in November.

plentiful2"Quiet Food" became more vocal in the "Cake The Buddha Ate", which was eaten to the last crumb. The Ixopo food story continues with the BRC's third recipe book, "Plentiful -  The Big Book Of Buddha Food" to be launched in November. Please let Chrisi know if you would like to attend the Durban or Cape Town launch - 0824668306.

“Sketch what you see” in Durban with Louis van Loon

If you can hand-write a letter, you can sketch – it is as simple as that. “Sketch what you see” in Durban with Louis van Loon: 11-13 November.
Pen and ink sketching is a very rewarding skill to acquire. Yet, no special talent is required. Louis will take you from the stage where you claim that you “can’t draw a straight line”,  through some elementary exercises in “Seeing-Drawing”,   such as still-lives and interiors,  to figure studies and portraits. You will be encouraged to simply  notice what something looks like from where you are viewing it - and draw it like that. You will then be able to take your sketch pad and pen anywhere and draw anything that takes your fancy. You will be truly present in where you are.  For enquiries for his Durban course: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

International Zen teacher: David Loy at the BRC.

david-loyBook early for “Awakening from the illusion of separateness: a Zen retreat” led by international Zen teacher, David Loy, from December 20-27. “To study the Buddha Way is to study yourself. To study yourself is to forget yourself. To forget yourself is to realise your intimacy with all things.” Read more about the retreat here.

Sangha Projects: January 2016

Generosity is the first of the Paramitas (Perfections) and the most highly praised of the Buddha’s teachings, because it gives rise to the other quintessential qualities of virtue. This altruism is evident in the way our patrons and donors respond so spontaneously to the needs of the Centre - needs that are not catered for in the rates we (reluctantly) charge for food and accommodation. 

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The Buddha Boma has been inaugurated!

At the recent Full Moon of May - traditionally associated with the Buddha's birth, Enlightenment and death - we inaugurated the (almost) completed Buddha Boma at the BRC. We conducted a simple ceremony to mark the occasion, during which retreatants circumambulated the Boma, walking past the eight trees associated with the major events in the Buddha's life - keeping them on our right as we passed them (as is the custom in the East) whilst I recited traditional Buddhist chants in Sanskrit and Pali, such as the Refuge and Blessings. We then sat down in the central pavilion for a short talk and meditation. 

The Boma is close to our meditation hall, studio, our labyrinth and Buddha Rupa (statue) so that we can incorporate all three of them in some of our sessions such as yoga and tai chi etc. The Boma will also function as a venue - together with the Studio and meditation hall etc. - where we can hold meetings to celebrate special occasions, such as weddings etc.

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Welcome to the BRC

Perched on a ridge at the head of a valley in the Umkomaas river system in KwaZulu-Natal, the Buddhist retreat Centre looks out on a vista of indigenous valleys, forests and rolling hills receding like waves in the blue distance. Here, for more than twenty years people of all religions and none have come to experience peace and tranquillity. It is a gentle, sympathetic space where one can be still and get in touch with oneself and reflect on the things that crowd one's life. CNN featured the BRC as one of the 10 finest Meditation centres in the world.

Paths threading the 300 acre property each bring their own revelation: follow the pine-scented path to the dam; walk past ancient cycads to the tracks of early Voortrekker wagons; discover an assegai-sharpening stone on a hillside; or point your feet towards the rocky outcrop that provides a perfect seat for contemplating the valley below. Nearby are the breeding sites of the exquisite, but rare Blue Swallow of which the Endangered Wildlife Trust has appointed the BRC a custodian. Their presence, together with the BRC's commitment to encouraging the indigenous biodiversity of the area, has led to the Centre being declared a Natural Heritage Site by former President Nelson Mandela.

Integrated into this setting are the Centre's buildings, accommodation lodges and cottages, the dining room and office, a shop, a lecture and art studio, a library, and the meditation hall.

Upcoming Retreats

The retreat schedule from March 2016 to January 2017 is now available

View full retreat schedule and details

Next 5 retreats

Fri Sep 02 - Sun Sep 04S.O.S: Awakening to self, other and sisterhood with all life - A retreat for women
Fri Sep 09 - Sun Sep 11Tai Chi - With Ease
Fri Sep 16 - Sun Sep 18Teachings Of The 12 Links Of Interdependent Origination And Calm Abiding
Fri Sep 23 - Sun Sep 25Moon In The Window: A silent retreat with Ryokan
Sun Sep 25 - Thu Sep 29Silent Music: A meditation retreat

Our Books

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Quiet Food, our fabulous BRC recipe book, is in its eighth reprint. Like Quiet Food, The Cake celebrates the food served at the BRC as much as it does the BRC itself with photographs showcasing the beauty of the place, and stories about it and the activities that take place there.

You can order copies from our shop.

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Wishlist

If anyone would like to get involved with donating goods to the Centre, please see the much-needed list below, or email us:  

  • Portable power drill
  • Small generator
  • Indigenous plants & seedlings
  • Gardening equipment
  • Patio chairs 
  • Towels, linen, pillows

Contact Us

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Telephone: +27 [0]39 834 1863 / 0878091687
Fax: +27 [0]86 683 9307
Mobile: 082 579 3037

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Emergencies:082 741 7901
Durban nos.:+27 [0]31 209 5995 or 082 466 8306 (Chrisi)
Email: (Dbn) louis@vanloon.co.za
If our telephone lines are down, please would you call us on our cell phone : 0825793037.