Stoep Zen:Living a Zen life in South Africa
Teacher: Antony and Margie Osler
Cost: 4 days’ accommodation + R. 450 surcharge
Dates: Wednesday 09 August 2017 - Sunday 13 August 2017
Stoep Zen means to apply traditional Zen Buddhism to contemporary life in South Africa - to be able to meditate in a chair on a stoep as well as on a cushion in the meditation hall. This is a Zen retreat that makes a bridge between formal Zen practice and daily life. It includes meditation, talks, exercise, interviews and fireside chats and is held in silence.
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was the first meditation teacher at the BRC in the early 1980's. He spent some years as a Zen monk with Joshu Sasaki Roshi and later received "inka" from Zen master Dae Gak of Furnace Mountain. A legal arbitrator in his professional life, he has published three popular books on Zen life in South Africa: "Stoep Zen"," Zen Dust "and "Mzansi Zen" (Jacana Media). In 2016, he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal of the University of Free State for exceptional service to the country. He lives with his family on a farm in the Karoo where he sits on the stoep, meditates in an old shearing shed and holds Zen retreats with his wife, Margie.
Margie Osler is a senior student of Zen Master Dae Gak. She leads Zen retreats jointly with her husband, Antony, and runs regular workshops for abused and traumatized children.