Ok, do we go or does this, too, pass?

26 Nov

Just spent a 10-day silent retreat (Vipassana) at Dhamma Pataka, 10 kms (6 miles) West of Worcester, a town on the main highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg. The Meditation Centre accommodated us in chalets, below you see the view from our balcony.

Dhamma Pataka lies at the ankle (well, if it was the foot we’d hardly be elevated enough to see the lovely view now, would we) of the Brandwacht Mountains so its a bit above the valley in which Worcester and the wine farms lie. The view continues on the way to the dining hall, as you can see in the next picture.

Just now the Bougainvillea was magnificent in its full bloom. There are a few more photos of Dhamma Pataka on Bobbie Nystrom’s travelblog entries from 2007 here.

One of the central tenets of the course is that everything changes, that this too shall pass. Its illustrated in a little story about two rings that you can read here, for example. The story is universal, though; its been attributed to Zen, Sufi, Hebrew and Christian origins.  What tickles me (you complete the colour it tickles me, yeah, go on) and delights me is that the Chicago indie rock band Ok Go and their quirky-beserky Rube Goldberg video rendition that went viral is of their song with the title This too shall pass. Click on the picture below for the link to the video, its grand.

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