" your heart & my heart are very, very old friends" Hafiz, sufi poet
Focus of this retreat :
Spiritual community and spiritual friendship are the glue, the connecting juice holding spiritual life together
One day Ananda, the Buddha's closest disciple, came up to the Buddha and said: 'Lord, I think that half of the of the Holy Life is spiritual friendship, association with the Lovely.' And the Buddha replied: 'That's not so; say not so, Ananda. It is not half of the Holy Life, it is the whole of the Holy Life.
The entire Holy Life is friendship, association with the Lovely.' Now, the Pali word for 'friendship with the Lovely' is kalyanamitta. 'Kalyana' means 'lovely' or beautiful and 'mitta' means 'friend'. So it is often translated as association or affiliation with the Lovely (with a capital L), being an epithet for Ultimate Reality or the Unconditioned.
Quoting: Ajahn Amaro
This silent retreat offers time to explore our inner nature, and see what we discover within. Days will include guidance in meditation techniques and practices, talks and silent sittings. As well as group meditations on the meditation platform, there will be time for walking meditation.
connecting up the dots
led by Ayya Jayati and Noon
Sat 3 Aug - Thurs 8 Aug 2019
To book contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Content & Practicals
Each retreat has a small reservation fee, covering the very basic costs of the retreat such as food, gas, water. We are a non profit organisation and for all other costs (teachers, travel for teachers, managers and ongoing Ekuthuleni costs) we depend on donations.
It is this way of participation and generosity that really keeps the Dharma rolling, as in dharma centers all over the world!
PAST RETREATS PICTURES
"I first learned meditation when I was 8 years old. The kid who sat on that mat (giggled a lot!) and tried to stay still for a few minutes, is still around and appears often when I find my mind wondering away from the intended theme of meditation... wriggling, struggling, dreaming, returning.... Patience, is the greatest teacher and tool on any spiritual path. But, having a sense of humor is pretty essential too!
I was fortunate to have such an early introduction to life's true potential, a glimpse of what lies beyond the hollow promises of consumerism and materialistic goals. Although it would take some years before I would recognize the importance of making a deeper commitment to the Buddhist path, it was a refuge I would keep returning to at significant or challenging moments in my life. I eventually sought out the monastic life as a means to support the journey of awakening. It felt like I needed to live in a way which would enable me to focus all my energies on freeing the mind and heart from it's turmoil - living as a nun offers this potential.
I have enjoyed seeing the ongoing growth of Ekuthuleni over the years of it's development. I feel that something very precious is being offered here. The symbiotic relationship with nature is so necessary in these days of climate chaos. Renunciation arises naturally in the heart when one considers how intimately we are a part of our environment and not separate from it. The respect for resources and the willingness to let go of many of the trappings of modern life and its addiction to 'convenience' give Ekuthuleni a sense of sacredness and beauty."