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World As Lover, World As Self: Finding our way home in difficult times

Teacher: Tsunma Tsondru
Cost: 2 days accommodation + R350 surcharge
Dates: Friday 22 April 2022 - Sunday 24 April 2022

tsunma tsondru‘Home’ is a feeling of safety, belonging, completeness, and rest. Difficult times, the rocky pandemic road especially, may have left many of us feeling - or realizing that we feel - disconnected, perhaps lonely, anxious, lost and far from ‘home’. How to find our way home again? A detailed map that leads back home is to discover that the world is both lover and self. Using The Work That Reconnects of Joanna Macy, the weekend will explore heart-opening practices of active hope that reveal our deep belonging to and connection with the world, and the Universe. Active hope is waking up to the beauty of life on whose behalf we can act, through meditation, walking, journaling, and work-shopping. We belong to this world!

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Tsunma Tsondru is a nun in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, ordained by Tai Situ Rinpoche. She first met Buddhism in the 90’s through Louis van Loon at the BRC. After working as a lawyer and environmental scientist she left for Spain for a traditional Kagyu three and a half years closed retreat, followed by a second one of four years. In 2015, Tsondru spent a 10-day intensive with Joanna Macy in California, engaging with the Work that Reconnects, and since then has been teaching the Work that Reconnects in Cape Town and elsewhere. She dedicates her time to sharing the teachings of the Buddha, teaching meditation, helping people reconnect with inner wilderness through leading contemplative Wilderness Within trails in the iMfolozi-Hluhlue wilderness area, and teaching The Work That Reconnects, weaving it into the practice and teaching of Buddhism and meditation. Her journey now is to bring spiritual practice into the world, through teaching eco-philosophy, deep time, deep ecology, and ‘actionism’, because spirituality and ethics, as well as a deep perspective, must play a foundational role in transforming our economic and social systems in protection of our precious home-place, Earth.