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Dharma Circle - Mid-Week Meditation: How to remain calm and clear in everything we do and say: The practice of Sati

Teacher: Louis van Loon and Rudene Gerber
Cost: 2 days accommodation + R150 surcharge
Dates: Sunday 19 April 2020 - Tuesday 21 April 2020

louis van loon smlrudene gerberVisitors to the BRC often like to experience the practice of Mindfulness Meditation (Sati), which is the kernel of the entire spectrum of the teachings of the Buddha. Sati equips us with the capacity to deal calmly and effectively with the many challenging circumstances that inevitably come our way in life. As we all know - often to our cost - when the mind is unsettled and distraught, we tend to make decisions and say and do things we often regret, upon reflection. Sati, therefore, corrects this tendency for the mind to become overwhelmed by negative emotions and enables us to find a space of mental stillness and clarity. Meditation and qigong (chi kung) will be offered over this unstructured retreat, and a chance to simply be present from one moment to the next in a tranquil, natural environment.

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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 FoodThe 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 and teaches Sumie, Japanese brush painting, and sketching.

Rudene Gerber worked for 18 years as the Radiation Protection Officer of the University of Pretoria before ‘semi-retiring’ at age 40. She moved to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape where she wrote two books and opened a small business. She volunteered at the National Sea Rescue Institute for 6 years and qualified as a deep-sea skipper and as a Ship Captain’s Medical Officer. She is a Level III First Aid instructor. She was invited to become the Chairperson of the local SPCA and managed this organisation for 4 years, qualifying as a SPCA Inspector. In 2012 she returned to Johannesburg where she studied and completed her BA and Honours Degree in Psychology specialising in Psychological Counselling. A resident member at the BRC and an avid student of Buddhism, she offers meditation practice mid-week.