On being ‘no-thing-ness’
March 17 - March 21R4600 – R6700
ON BEING ‘NO-THING-NESS’
An existential Buddhist analysis of the self as the “struggle to exist”
4 days ~March 17 – 21
Standard rate: R4600 – R5460 (en-suite);
Generous Rate: R5360 – R6700 (en-suite);
Teachers Dana: R400 – R2000
- Standard Rate – This includes accommodation, food and basic running costs for the centre plus a surcharge to cover travel for the teacher.
- Generous Rate – This includes the above plus a dana contribution to Emoyeni for upkeep and improvements to the centre and other eventualities.
Plus Suggested rate for Teacher’s dana: (not included in the above rates). This is a sliding scale suggestion as to how much to contribute to the teacher.
Many people arrive at a retreat setting with an underlying struggle that they may hope to address. Western Psychology has many diagnostic terms, explanations, and treatment strategies for these struggles. But can an encounter with Buddhism offer an alternative means for addressing these struggles? In what ways does Buddhist thinking depart from Western Psychology’s understanding of our struggles? In what ways do the techniques of Psychoanalysis perhaps mimic a meditation? If Buddhism teaches a non-self, then who would be the subject of a Buddhist psychoanalysis?
In a move away from conventional psychology and its preoccupation with the ego-self, and through a comparison of Buddhist practices and Existential Psychoanalysis, we will explore the therapeutic value of sitting, walking and talking, with an attitude of “being with what is”. The retreat will involve some philosophical overview, a variety of sitting and walking practices, basic yoga, written reflection and therapeutic group discussion.