|“We are here to overcome the illusion of our separateness”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Our usual sense of being a self that is separate from the rest of the world is a delusive mental construct haunted by a sense of lack: “something is wrong with me.” Of necessity, such a self is anxious and insecure because it’s not real! This retreat will include meditation, contemplative inquiry and discussion to explore the nature and implications of nondual experience. We will pay special attention to the habits of thinking that perpetuate the illusion of separation, and how to awaken to our connection to all of life. As Dogen put it: “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.”
This retreat will be held in an atmosphere of Noble Silence.
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David Loy is a professor of Buddhist and Comparative Philosophy, and a writer and teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. He has taught philosophy worldwide at universities in Singapore, Japan, USA, the Netherlands, and Israel, including the University of Cape Town. His books have been translated into many languages and his essays appear regularly in major philosophical journals and Buddhist magazines, on many of which he serves as an editorial advisor. He will be visiting the BRC with his wife, Linda Goodhew – a professor of English language and literature and co-author of "The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons".