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The Buddhist Retreat Centre
Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
- for people of all religions and none
BRC Newsflash: January & February 2017
We were privileged to meet Ven Robina again, whose dynamic, robust and challenging teachings moved people to the very core of their being. She highlighted the very essence of the Buddha's teachings which demonstrate how acting on our negative emotions - greed, hatred and delusion - lead to deep suffering.
The launch of "Plentiful" in Durban was a piece of "Cake" with Wanda Hennig and Peter Adams introducing the book to an enthusiastic crowd. The BRC's third recipe book, follows the success of "Quiet Food" and "The Cake The Buddha Ate". "The Big Book Of Buddha Food" is on sale at all the bookstores around the country and in the BRC shop.
Christmas and new year at the BRC will be a contemplative time, a chance to reflect, refocus and re-align with Zen teacher and philosopher, David Loy, and Louis van Loon. Both retreats over this period will focus on two qualities that the Buddha felt were fundamental and intrinsic to one's life experiences, particularly when contemplating a new phase: Samatha - calmness - and Vipassana - Insight. The new year candle-lit circumambulation around the Buddha Rupa promises to be a memorable event.
Image: Angela Shaw
Forthcoming Retreats: January 1 - February 26 2017
The arrival of the new year naturally inclines one to reflect on the life one has lived in the past year, and to formulate a healthier, and more purposeful approach to life in the new year. The retreats offered during January and February offer the opportunity to do just that! From yoga to healing relaxation, a health and cooking retreat to plant healing, they will all help you to discover your best self.
Time To Reminisce, Reflect And Re-assess
Self-time to be in a beautiful, gentle, uncluttered space to tune into what lies ahead in 2017 - and gain a fresh perspective on life. Read more…
Getting To know The Birds And Trees At The BRC
There are 160 birds of a feather at the centre, including the rare Blue Swallow and the Emerald Cuckoo. Find out what trees and insects attract these birds. Read more…
Relieve Anxiety, Depression And Trauma Through Mindfulness
Energy Psychology provides a powerful intervention to disruptive states of mind by interrupting negative conditions and habitual responses to bring calmness, clarity and healing. Read more…
Mindfulness: Always Available, Everywhere
Sati or Mindfulness is the foundation of all types of Buddhist meditation. It teaches us to pay attention - without distraction or distortion - and see things as they really are. Read more…
Yin And Yang: A Yoga Weekend
Release, relax and restore with yoga to bring balance, health and harmony into your lives. Read more...
Pudding And Prana: A Cooking Retreat
Paul will demonstrate your favourite BRC dishes to fill your belly and gladden your heart, while Amy will focus on cultivating health and joy through yoga. Read more...
Plant Healing - The Sangoma Way
An intensive plant healing retreat for those looking to re-energise their lives. Read more...
Going With The Flow: Integrating Yoga Into Daily Life As A Mindful Practice
Learn to be mindful and centred on the present so you can flow with the river of life. Read more...
Health Retreat: Discover Your Best Self
Find your best possible self in the healing and nurturing environment of the BRC. Read more...
Buddha Touches The Earth: Engaged Buddhism, Subtle Activism
Engaged Buddhism and subtle activism help us to reconnect to our true nature, to one another and to the Earth. Read more...
Healing Relaxation: Opening And Relaxing The Heart And The Mind
Relaxation and healing practices can enhance our ability to access, intentionally, calm, expansive states of mind in our daily lives. Read more...
About the BRC
Perched on a ridge at the head of a valley in the Umkomaas river system in KwaZulu-Natal, the Buddhist Retreat Centre looks out on a vista of indigenous valleys, forests and rolling hills, receding like waves in the blue distance. Here, for more than thirty six years, people of all religions and none have come to experience peace and tranquillity. It is a gentle, sympathetic space where one can be still and get in touch with oneself and reflect on the things that crowd one's life.
The BRC was voted by CNN as one of the ten best meditation centres in the world.
In 1989, the BRC was awarded Natural Heritage status by President Mandela for turning an eroded farm into the natural paradise it has become with 160 species of birds, including the Blue Swallow, otter, deer and indigenous forests.
The BRC facilitated the founding of Woza Moya, the community-based NGO, located in Ufafa Valley. It continues to support the organisation in a variety of ways.
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