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Endings And Beginnings: New Year At The BRC

Teacher: Louis van Loon
Cost: 3 days’ accommodation + R. 150 surcharge
Dates: Thursday 29 December 2016 - Sunday 01 January 2017

louis_van_loonLife consists of things coming and going, births and deaths, decay and renewal, stops and starts.  We try to juggle these as well as we can, liking some of it, avoiding the ones we don’t. But there is a deeper wisdom behind all this - one that asks us not to be so choosy and opinionated about what should and should not be happening to us.  This requires us to live on the edge of the only thing that is truly real.  In this retreat we will discover how we forget to live in the here and now when we focus too much on what is past and fret about what may or may not happen in the future. This is a good time of the year to take stock and contemplate our moment to moment, here-now reality in all its fullness; bid farewell to 2016 and welcome the New Year with a renewed willingness to take life on the chin and make whatever comes along workable.  We will celebrate New Year with a lantern-lit perambulation around the Buddha, ring out the old year with an ancient Chinese temple gong, and welcome the New Year with a Tibetan bell. By releasing sky lanterns into the starry sky, we will let go of our past and meet up with our future.  The retreat will be held in an atmosphere of contemplative silence.

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Louis van Loon lectured in Buddhist philosophy at the Universities of Cape Town and Durban-Westville for 22 years.  He established the Buddhist Retreat Centre in 1980 and, along with his wife, Chrisi, directs its affairs. Both were involved in the compilation of the BRC’s popular recipe books “Quiet Food”, “The Cake the Buddha Ate” and “Plentiful:The Big Book Of Buddha Food”. His interest lies in the psychology of meditation and in the relationship between art, science, religion and philosophy.  He is an architect and consulting civil and structural engineer in private practice in Durban. He teaches Sumie, Japanese brushwork painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo.