Ekuthuleni Autumn News 2016
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Changing season again...Often we talk about the changes at Ekuthuleni in this end of season news. These we celebrate and you can too in the photos! Changes will surely keep flowing.

What we are noticing also is that with change there can be the paradox of a still centre. There is something in the combined strength of the intention at Ekuthuleni and the practice here of those of us who are here for longer or shorter times, that is a wonderful mystery and is nourishing. The richness of tuning into simplicity and interconnection seems to be getting stronger and more shared.  So..may this river keep flowing and may we all keep benefitting from the reflections we bring each other to live in stillness, learning and connection. (Noon and Sumedha)

On Teaching

 Kahlil Gibran

No-one can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among her followers, gives not of her wisdom but rather of her faith and  lovingness.

If she is indeed wise she does not bid you enter the house of her wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.

The astronomer may speak to you of her understanding of space, but she cannot give you her understanding.

The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but she cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.

And she who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.

For the vision of one  lends not its wings to another .

And even as each one of you stands alone in God's knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in her knowledge of God and in her understanding of the earth.

(scribes note: we've feminised this text because it felt unbalanced in the masculin, but putting both felt cumbersome....)


 The weird and wonderful web of might have tried the fluidity of automatic writing, letting what perceptions come, be noticed and go; or practised just seeing, just hearing as in the bahiya sutta, something I find inspiring. Or listening deeply as in insight dialogue – pause, relax, open, listen deeply, trust emergence, speak the truth.

All of these are ways of helping ourselves see freshly. To come freshly to the door of our consciousness and our being, where we meet the world, our sense of self or other. To be free here. Because at this doorway our perceptions arise, often loaded with habits and prejudgments. Perceptions weave their magic web, from our past to a fabricated future that can really shape what comes to be. Sometimes taking us further from the reality of presence than I for one dare admit! Well, I am admitting it. Getting lost in my thoughts about a situation, what is wrong, what is right – this can all be done with a touching wish to resolve something. Yet I get more and more stuck the more I stay only in the realm of my own perceptions.

Some tools are helpful

  • accepting the wonder and diversity of life – Noon sees blue where I see green when designing our website. This could be a cause of argument... or opening
  • recognising the body sense of 'I am getting a bit stuck.'. What helps? For me a walk, stretching, smelling a flower, talking to a friend..reminders of inner listening

  • coming back to a bigger awareness – in the mind the awareness that knows perception; in the body the simple touch of the ground, the air.

  • Curiosity and courage – what is beyond the edge of what I think I know?

I often stumble but do see - this getting our views in perspective is a precious thing! Our perceptions are arising as part of the rich fabric of reality, and they have their place. I need to be able to know I am seeing green. But clearly the whole world, even a good friend (or our cat Wimima) doesn't see the same way. This is ok. Then there are some perceptions, of interconnection for example and its importance in healing ourselves and our world, I truly stand by and wish to share. Yet even this requires fluidity as it's a live experience and feeling out what's what is an ongoing discernment in itself. So I come back to a paradox – that knowing and openness need to co-exist - at best dancing and discovering beyond themselves.


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Ayya Santacitta gives a blessing to the new meditation hall
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The first foto takes a second or two , then it's quick!!!


Sam & Joe cooking up a feast!

One early morning this spring , I walked down the stoney ridge at Ekuthuleni to check the electricity cable...There was an uneasy feeling in my belly, some disharmony making me feel a bit tense, a bit sad....
 Stopping to look at the hillsides , my eyes drank in something unusual :  a blueish  light colouring the delicat mist, gorse bushes in their exuberant yellow flower moment, other shrubs in hues of greyey blues, greeny blues, luminous from the dripping was so beautiful...something seemed suspended, holding it's breath gently... Surprised & delighted,I breathed  this beauty in...
   The unease & sadness didn't go away; there was no miracle transformation. The tense feelings & intense beauty seeping in ,meeting, mingling, telling & sharing all with each other.
      Turbulence from outside my bodymind meeting a reaction to it is more familiar, then sometimes feeling the stillness  underneath, holding....Or, music coming through my skin; unwrapping some emotions that wanted to be....  this is more habitual too... but this peace of space, for these two such seemingly opposites, this moment of balanced strong feelings, to both just be is a surprise gift.
  How do you do this balancing of paradox? When the eight worldly winds inside us blow up a storm, a tornado tantrum in how we react? And, also in the winds swirling in from beyond what we call "myself"....? Lately, it's been more obvious than usual in my lived experience, that our world, ( including our meditation world ) isn't yet free from appearances, judgements   based on fear of the unknown, the unfamiliar, that which we don't understand....being present with this collision moment, being the shoreline meeting the waves, between "inner & outer", helps me stay steady in these moments....  plugging down into the strength of our roots as the winds  wind & bend around  us in all directions.

     Chanting retreat with Janna & to see more fotos

F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
V I S I T - O U R - N E W - W E B S I T E!

Drawing by Ronit Tayar
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Starting to take the roof off...Sumedha, Rachel & Olivier
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         This Tree Knows (by Sam)

I sit in a  cycader tree
High up off the ground
Yet firmly rooted
Into the earth.
On the underside of a thick branch
Four cycaders have shed their skins
One behind the other
                                                        Like a small yatra.....
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Notice from Dharmalaya, a centre with similar spirit in the Himalayas:
Dharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living, an educational and charitable society in the Indian Himalayas, is looking for new members of its management team and long-term volunteer family. Current positions (both paid and unpaid) include General Manager, Kitchen Manager, Gardens Manager, Hospitality and Community manager, Eco-Construction Manager, and more. For details, see .

Special thanks to Walter for his wonderful help with the dining shelter, to Joe for his longterm presence & energy, Gael for his remarkable roofing, Wilhimina for her encouragement, Marcus & Carol for their help with the solar water heater, Rachel in the houseflooding crisis & poetry, Martin for his advice & generous help,& all the other people who dived in to help raise the roof...Morespecial thanks to: Janna, Ayya Santacitta, Ajahn Brahmavara,, Zohar & Nathan, Wimmima our spiritual friend, the land & our ancestors............
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