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Fri, 26 May


Buddhist Retreat Centre

From Self-Care to World-Care

Widening the Circles of Compassion

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From Self-Care to World-Care
From Self-Care to World-Care

Time & Location

26 May 2023, 17:00 – 28 May 2023, 12:30

Buddhist Retreat Centre, Ixopo, KZN, South Africa

About the Event

“When you cultivate love and compassion for all beings, that means every being, including yourself.” 

Chamtrul Rinpoche

Have you been feeling overwhelmed, disillusioned or fearful recently? You’re not alone. 

The first noble truth acknowledges the existence and inevitability of suffering in our lives. Yet, within every human heart is an innate and profoundly sustaining capacity for compassion. This capacity allows us to acknowledge the suffering of ourselves and others, and to respond with kindness and understanding rather than judgment or avoidance. Compassion is both an individual and collective practice that can transform the world around us.

Lucy Draper-Clarke PhD, author of The Compassionate Activist will walk beside you through the Four Immeasurables of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. These ancient practices support us to expand our circle of compassion. Through experiential and interactive activities, you will learn how to apply these practices in your daily life. Join Lucy on this transformative retreat and learn how to cultivate an ever-widening circle of compassion that touches the lives of many.When faced with a world in crisis, what do you do? Run and hide, fight and burn out, or freeze in overwhelm? Guided by ideas and practices from her book, Lucy will facilitate you on a journey to skilful engagement, addressing issues of personal, social and environmental transformation. 

This retreat is an invitation to reflect and refocus, as we reimagine a world that is built on an ethic of care. Through embodied awareness practices, including yoga and qi gong, we will prepare the heart-mind for meditation. Then we’ll sit together and cultivate the innate qualities of being human and explore how to integrate them into daily life. By combining practices of mindfulness and compassion with activities for engagement and shadow integration, we can find a way to transform the world from the inside out, and transform ourselves from the outside in.

Lucy Draper-Clarke is an educator, retreat facilitator and researcher-practitioner, with a PhD in Mindfulness and Teacher Education. She leads courses in mindfulness and compassion and runs retreats throughout Southern Africa. As a Research Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand, with Drama for Life, she supervises postgraduate students. Her current focus on Compassionate Activism for a life-sustaining society aims to offer changemakers the skills they need to alleviate burnout, increase resilience, and cultivate wise, compassionate action. She has taken refuge in the Karma Kagyu School of Buddhism and the Engaged Buddhism tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. By attending regular retreats to deepen her own meditation practice, she is learning how ancient wisdom traditions can offer support as we address the many crises of modern life.

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