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Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat
Drakensberg Gardens Road, Underberg, 3257
082 473 5525  www.dharmagiri.org
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Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat

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Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat offers Meditation, Mindfulness, Yoga in Drakensberg

Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre is dedicated to bringing the universal practice of mindful awareness to South Africans and visitors from across the continent and world. We offer silent meditation retreats, workshops and other events throughout the year to allow individuals to learn, practice and deepen their understanding of mindfulness and insight meditation. We endeavour to support individuals, through the practice of insight meditation, in cultivating mindfulness, compassion, integrity and wisdom. Our intention is to help all beings find more peace in their lives and to live more harmoniously with each other, their communities, and the world in which we all live.

The centre is run by an amazing team: 

Kittisaro (Harry Randolph Weinberg):

Kittisaro, a graduate of Princeton University and Rhodes Scholar, trained for 15 years as a Buddhist monk in the Thai Forest School of Ajahn Chah. He is co-founder of Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre KZN, core teacher at Insight Meditation Society MA, U.S.A., and co-author of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism. Kittisaro has practised and studied the Chinese Buddhist lineage of Master Hua for 30 years, and is known for bringing together a unique synthesis of Buddhist schools. He has completed two year long silent retreats, and teaches in South Africa, U.S.A. and UK. 

Thanissara (Linda Mary Peacock):

Thanissara trained in the Burmese U Ba Khin School of Meditation and was a Buddhist nun for 12 years in the Thai Forest School of Ajahn Chah. She has an MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy and is co-founder of Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre KZN. She is a core teacher at Insight Meditation Society MA, USA and affiliated teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, CA, USA, and  author of several books, her latest one being Time To Stand Up, An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth.

Chandasara (Louise Stack):

Chandasara spent her early adult life in political exile and later worked as a political analyst at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg. Chandasara subsequently trained as a Buddhist nun in the Forest School for 9 years. She holds degrees in Politics, Linguistics and Psychology, is co-guiding teacher at Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre where she also offers counselling, and teaches mindfulness at Riverview Manor clinic.

Excerpt from a talk given by HH Dalai Lama on Compassion and the Individual

I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. How to achieve happiness:

For a start, it is possible to divide every kind of happiness and suffering into two main categories: mental and physical.  Of the two, it is the mind that exerts the greatest influence on most of us.  Unless we are either gravely ill or deprived of basic necessities, our physical condition plays a secondary role in life.  If the body is content, we virtually ignore it. The mind, however, registers every event, no matter how small. Hence we should devote our most serious efforts to bringing about mental peace.

From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.

As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but everyone who has to undergo suffering, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome troubles. Indeed, with this attitude, each new obstacle can be seen as yet another valuable opportunity to improve our mind!

Thus we can strive gradually to become more compassionate, that is we can develop both genuine sympathy for others' suffering and the will to help remove their pain. As a result, our own serenity and inner strength will increase.

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Kittisaro: Rhodes Scholar & Buddhist Monk for 15 yrs in Thai Forest School l Co-author of Listening to the Heart, A Journey to Engaged Buddhism l Studied Chinese Buddhist lineage of Master Hua for 30 years l Meditation teacher in SA, USA, and UK
Thanissara: Trained in Burmese U Ba Khin School of Meditation l Buddhist nun for 12 years in Thai Forest School l MA in Mindfulness Based Based Psychotherapy l Teaches meditation in SA, USA, UK l Author of several books
Chandasara: Buddhist nun in Thai Forest School for 9 years l Degrees in Politics, Linguistics & Psychology l Counsellor l Teaches Mindfulness at Riverview Manor Clinic
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Feedback from Being Dharma with Kittisaro & Thanissara

Being Dharma – July 2018 with Kittisaro and Thanissara Thank you, thank you, thank you all for wonderful retreat. Blessings Moyra A precious gift from start to end with so many benefits that will carry me on. With love, Vicky Words fall silent before the beauty and depth of the past 10 days – Jonathan Dharma, Dharma, Dharma – everywhere here – from the power of the mountain to the beauty of Kittisaro and Thanissara. I will hold in my heart the the exquisitely compassionate practice I’ve discovered here. From my heart to all here, Dow Dear Teachers, Thanks from the heart for your deeply intimate, integrated & peaceful sharings of your lives experiences and paths. It was a great privilege to sit and listen deeply to your accumulated but also immediate and spontaneous wisdom and compassion. I also loved the fluid and gentle attitude towards the unfolding of the days on retreat; working with the present rather than any preconceived ideas of a program, and I felt energised by the intuitive, heart-felt style. Also lovely and enlightening for me to hear your often very amusing anecdotes about Ajahn Chah whose biography I will seek out and read eagerly and admiringly on return to Cape Town. All things being equal, Anja will reengage with you next year in April & I hope I also have the opportunity to reconnect some time with your authentic

Feedback for Sue Coopers retreat: Sept 26 to Oct 1 2017

Wonderful to finally make the “pilgrimage” here. As ever a sacred space and time to reflect. Deep thanks to staff at Dharmagiri and Sue Cooper. A true blessing – a sacred space of being & becoming. Thank you Dharmagiri for everything, & Sue for wholeheartedness. Doreen My heart is full of gratitude, Love, Laughter & Lightness. Thanks for your hospitality – it feels like home away from home. Ntsai My deepest gratitude to Dharmagiri, the teachings, Martin, Chandasara & Peter! Time stood still and the heart is open. Andy Looking back it seems impossible that I managed to find this peace. Nothing is accidental & I feel I am called back here. How inconvenient that is it on the other side of the world! Even more impossible is that I am able to make it back this year. I hope to make this my yearly pilgrimage. Thank you to Chandasara & Martin for holding such a supportive & nurturing presence. Thank you to Peter for his generous contribution to this time. Thank you to Sue – words cannot convey her support & compassion. Thank you to Dharmagiri. Until next time. Michelle USA I call this the place of my rebirth. Chornay To Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat, my heart is larger & fuller for having been here. Thank you for the kindness & generosity of those who, from the beginning, made this sacred place possible, & to those who continue to support & nurture it’s life. Thank you to Chandasara & Martin for holding the space so beautifully, & to Peter for his delicious & thoughtful food. Love, Francis This place reminds me of the mountain area where I grew up in Switzerland. I could deeply connect to my very damaged inner child & continue with great hope, my process of recovery. I am eternally grateful for the heart gifted people running & helping to improve as much as possible this wonderful place, supporting our journey. Thanks to Chandasara, Martin, Peter, Sue, my wife, the other friends & fellow retreatants for this amazing support. Dharmagiri & the sacred mountain will be missed. Steve

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