Retreat with Karma Shenpen

SA Buddhist Monk

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 October 2006

Tibetan Buddhism






The Sutra on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness is fundamental to the teaching of meditation practice. “A most wonderful way to help living beings.” This term used by the Buddha to describe the method of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, gives us an idea of the great importance this practice. It has been studied, practiced and handed down from generation to generation from the time of the Buddha 2 500 years ago. You will learn how to apply mindfulness to (1) the body, (2) feelings, (3) the mind, and (4) mind-objects. You will learn how to relax your body, manage your emotions, and bring peace to your mind. Using a commentary by THICH NHAT HANH on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and other source material, the retreat will be divided into practical instructions and meditation exercises. These meditations can be practiced by anyone, of any religion. Shenpen will also tell stories of how Buddhism entered Tibet.


SHENPEN is resident monk at the Johannesburg Tibetan Buddhist Centre, established by ROB NAIRN. He became interested in Buddhism after attending a talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Johannesburg. In 1997, he took refuge with Dr AKONG TULKU RINPOCHE. In 2002, he went to Samye Ling, Akong Rinpoche’s monastery in Scotland, for a one year ngondro retreat, during which he took novice monks vows. Shenpen spent months in India this year receiving further teachings from Lamas in the KAGYU lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He also spent months at Samye Ling Monastery in ScotlandHe recently returned to South Africa, and is happy to continue facilitating teachings and retreats on meditation and Buddhism.


SHENPEN did our JULY retreat last year

See July 2005 retreat review 


SAT CHIT ANAND is a Buddhist Centre and Guesthouse in Plettenberg Bay. It is our delight to host meditations, Buddhist teachings and weekend retreats, which may be attended on a residential or non-residential basis. A retreat is a treat for yourself. It is a time to cultivate and strengthen your spiritual practice, which leads to inner well-being. Traditionally this involves receiving and contemplating teachings, meditating and doing spiritual practices.  




19h00: Free talk by Shenpen




19h00 – 21h00: Retreat introduction and meditation

Residents maintain noble silence in evenings until lunch time 




09h00 – 10h00: Talk and meditation

10h00 – 11h00: Talk and meditation                

TEA BREAK                                          

11h30 – 12h30: Sitting and walking meditation

12h30: LUNCH

13h30 - 14h30: Chi gong mindful movements

14h30 – 15h30: Talk and meditation             

15h30 – 16h00: Meditation  


Rest/walking meditation on beach        

18h00: SUPPER (residents only)

19h00 – 21h00: Evening meditation

 Mahamudra overview and instruction




09h00 – 10h00: Talk and meditation

10h00 – 11h00: Talk and meditation                

TEA BREAK                                          

11h30 – 12h30: Sitting and walking meditation

12h30: LUNCH

13h30 - 14h30: Chi gong mindful movements

14h30 – 15h30: Talk and meditation             

15h30 – 16h00: Sharing, dedication of merits

TEA and depart home




RESIDENTIAL: Retreats commence on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon. Price includes 2 nights shared accommodation in garden cottages and vegetarian meals. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated.

Residential: R600


NON-RESIDENTIAL: Special price for local residents who wish to attend the retreats, excluding accommodation, but including specified vegetarian meals. Dana (you decide amount) for teachers is appreciated.

Non-residential: R300


Deposit of 50% is payable upon reservation of place for residential retreats, and balance payable in cash or cheque upon arrival. Deposit to be paid into bank account, details of which will be provided. If booking is cancelled, half of the deposit will be refunded.


Plettenberg Bay is a popular holiday destination. It is possible to come early and/or stay after the retreat. Special rates for retreatants participating in our conducted retreats, who wish to stay longer in our self-catering cottages, are R200 per cottage per night.




SCA is a non-smoking space. Retreatants to uphold the 5 Buddhist Precepts (see Code of Conduct). We hope you can join us on the retreat. You don’t have to be a Buddhist, because anyone can benefit from the Buddha’s teachings. Number of places limited, so early booking is advisable: phone (044) 533 0453 or email for further enquiries and bookings.




There are 3 entrances to Plett: Coming from Cape Town side, take first entrance into Piesang Valley. Coming from Port Elizabeth side, take third entrance into Piesang Valley. Drive down the valley, till end of the road. There is a traffic circle, garage and some shops. Turn right towards the BI Hotel (left goes up the hill into town). Pass 1st right being Longships Road. Take 2nd right into Longstone Road. There will be a small park on your left hand side, and we are in the road that runs behind this park: no 16 Great Basses Road, large sea-sand coloured house. NB please phone on arrival, because we do not always hear the doorbell.


J SAT CHIT ANAND namaste to you Buddha-to-be! 

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