Dharmagiri, which means sacred mountain was founded in 2000 by meditation teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara, who trained as monastics in the Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah. It is on the border of Lesotho and South Africa in the mighty Southern Drakensberg Mountains. It is nestled in Mvuleni (Zulu) Mountain (place of rain, also place of openings), or in English Bamboo Mountain (due to a rare Alpine bamboo that grows on the mountain.) It is a small centre that hosts mindfulness and insight meditation retreats and educational courses.
We offer silent meditation retreats, workshops, yoga and other events throughout the year to allow individuals to learn, practice and deepen their understanding of mindfulness and insight meditation. We endeavour to support individuals in cultivating mindfulness, compassion, integrity and wisdom. Our intention is to help all beings find more peace in their lives and to live more harmoniously with each other, our communities, and the world in which we all live.
Mindfulness is at the heart of insight meditation. It is the practice of being aware moment to moment, without judgment or clinging, so that we can pay close attention to our immediate experience. With increased mindfulness, we can deepen our understanding of our mind, live more fully present in the moment, and see more clearly, in order to allow our wisdom and compassion to develop and flower.
We live at a time when there a great need to recognise our inter-connectedness with the Earth and all beings. The journey of awakening invites a shift from the dualistic mind, that separates everything out, into our deeper heart, which knows the intimacy of all things. A present, aware and listening heart, attuned to the deeper intuitive intelligence of the Dharma - of life and nature - manifests as wisdom and compassion. When this profound listening is cultivated through meditation, it reconnects us with the awakening process and dynamically informs appropriate response within the world. Rooted in the unmoving ground of being -- unshakeable like the Sacred Mountain – and authentic in our truth, mindful and discerning, we can work towards a more conscious world. Dharmagiri offers pathways to mature this process of awakening while aligning with others who love the Dharma, and who seek to express this love through action.