The Wilderness Within: The Subtle Activism of Engaged Buddhists

The Wilderness Within: The Subtle Activism of Engaged Buddhists
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Date(s) - Mar 20, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
All Day

Buddhist Retreat Centre Ixopo

Event Sponsor and Host
Buddhist Retreat Centre Ixopo

with Tsunma Tsondru

From the organizer:

Taking advantage of the wilderness around the Buddhist Retreat Centre, we will explore the meeting place of the outer and inner worlds to uncover our connection with ourselves, all beings, the sun and moon and the stars. The retreat will combine meditation practice with silent contemplative walking in the wilderness, as well as some of the spiral practices from Joanna Macy’s Work That Reconnects.

We cannot survive independently from the Earth and her natural cycles and systems. No matter which strand we try to isolate, we will always find it hitched to a myriad others. Indeed, we are made of the elements. We are made of the same stuff as the stars. We and they have come from the same singularity. Yet a long time ago, before physicists had ever even theorized about the Big Bang, Dogen, the great Zen master, already knew. I came to realize that the mind is nothing but the sun and the moon and countless stars.

Can we also come to this knowing, like Dogen? How can we come to know that the sun and moon and stars are within, that the wilderness is within, that we are the whole of it? The Buddha showed us how when he awoke to the Truth while sitting under the Bodhi tree. He had found through his practice of meditation that we are the sun and the moon and the stars, that the wilderness is within, and is home. He had seen the great interdependence of all things.

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This event is hosted by Buddhist Retreat Centre Ixopo.
For more information, see the event website here.

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