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20 January 2014

dharma byte

loving kindness,
which is freedom of heart,
it glows, it shines, it blazes forth

Sitting together at Shantikula

The Buddha's teachings are being appreciated and emulated, as philosophy or lifestyle, by many people worldwide.

Shrine candle at Shantikula South Africa

Buddhism's transformative path is not a psychological tool, nor a magical wand to change things. It is a practice uniquely explored by each person as they engage with the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Aloe from our garden

At Shantikula, and within Triratna, we aspire to follow-, to practice- and to realise the Buddha's path of transformation.

Shantikula Buddha

Do come and visit Shantikula if you are interested in Buddhism or meditation, or have any queries, or even just come and see our space.

Shantikula in Johannesburg is part of the international Triratna Buddhist Community. Triratna is a network of engaged practitioners, many of whom create or facilitate spaces for sharing the Three Jewels of Buddhism. Sangarakshita’s vision, encouraged and guided by his teachers, of an engaged Buddhist practice that is current and realistic, has created relevant frameworks for the practice of Dharma today.

The shrine room at Shantilkula meditation centre in Johannesburg
The  African-based Buddha rupa in the shrine room at Shantikula, Johannesburg

Buddhist meditation classes, Dharma study, various Buddhist meditation courses (both introductory and more advanced), day retreats, devotional practice and more are part of our monthly offerings at Shantikula. Hearing, discussing and sharing the teachings of the Buddha as community or Sangha is what grows individual understanding and practical wisdom, that resonates strongly in a constantly changing world.

acalife

This year I decided that I wanted to satiate a long held desire to learn Japanese. I have had previous dalliances with "do-it yourself' guides but that never quite cut it. I found myself a great Japanese tutor, Pooru Sensei. A young energetic chap, who was happy and willing to take on an older student like myself. I even started using omega oils, as they do help the brain function more, and also more fluidly.

I have surprised myself in this endeavour, and the rate of learning has been quite incredulous! One of my favourite aspects of Japanese is the Kanji system. They are expressive pictograms, representing words, or parts of words. Tonight in my studies I came across the Kanji for the word, know or wisdom. It looks almost like a little person heading towards a box or it could also be a door, no hesitation evident at all, just going directly towards this door or box.

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