Donal has kindly offered to run a virtual retreat for the Southern Africa Centres from 6 – 14 November. Participants will need to register; there is a suggested registration fee of R960 for non-members. Members of the Centre are offered a 30% discount on registration, so R670. Please don’t let a lack of finances stop you from joining this retreat – speak to us.
Participants will join via ZOOM
We are all encouraged to offer Dana to Donal for this retreat, in response to him giving generously of his time for us. This gesture will offer us an opportunity to practice generosity. (You will be advised as to how the payment may be made).
Retreat Theme: Bodhicitta
An Affirming Flame
‘Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them,
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.’
(from September 1 1939 by W.H.Auden)
Friday 6 Nov to Saturday 14 Nov 2020
(Please note times are SA/ Harare time (GMT +2)
Start: Friday 6th November at 7.00 pm – 8.00 pm – Opening session
6.30 am – 7.30 am – Meditation
9.00 am to 10.00 am – Teaching
10.30 am to 11.30 am – Meditation
11.30 am to 3.30 pm – Lunch break. During this slot, those who are attending Drupon Rinpoche’s teaching will attend online from 12 noon
3.45 pm to 4.45 pm – Meditation
5.00 pm to 6.00 pm – Q& A / discussion
7.30 pm to 8.00 pm – Concluding Meditation
8.00 pm to 8.30 pm – Compassion-based meditation
Finish: Saturday 14th at 10 am
6.30 am – 7.30 am Meditation
9.00 am to 10.00 am – Concluding closing session
Please note that there may be some changes to the above schedule.
Participants will be required to attend the full retreat, and be present at all sessions unless there is an urgent reason not to attend.
Please will retreatants endeavour to be on time for all sessions. We suggest that you be ready some ten minutes before the start, as once the sessions have started, it would be preferable to not interrupt by coming in late.
Although we will all be attending remotely, we will need to keep in mind that we are essentially on a retreat, and should thus conduct ourselves accordingly (even if we are attending from our homes).
Email your local Kagyu centre to register.
Closing date for registration: 31 October 2020.
Please contact your local Kagyu Centre – www.kagyu.org.za for contact details.
About Dónal Creedon
Dónal Creedon is a Buddhist meditation teacher with many years’ experience, loved and deeply appreciated for his warmth, openness and sincerity. He studied and practiced with Buddhist masters of the Kagyu practice lineage in Europe as well as in India and Nepal. This involved many years of intense retreat. Dónal also spent a number of years at the Krishnamurti Centre in Varanasi as resident Buddhist scholar. Thus the radical inquiry of Krishnamurti informs his approach.