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Chandasara is South African and a former Buddhist nun. She spent her early adult life in political exile in Europe and America where she was recruited into Okhela, an Oliver Tambo initiative to facilitate and expand white involvement in the ANC. Following this, she worked as a political analyst with the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg for 14 years. During this period she was also involved in an esoteric spiritual school. Wishing to deepen her meditation experience, she undertook a 6-week self-retreat guided by international Buddhist teachers Kittisaro and Thanissara at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in 1998.
Having discovered the revelatory power of sustained and focused meditation, she decided to enter monastic life. She resided at Amaravati and Chithurst Buddhist monasteries in England from 2002 to 2010. She put down the robes in 2011. Since then she has resided at Emoyeni Retreat Centre in the Magaliesberg during which time she completed an Honours degree in Psychology. She moved to Dharmagiri in May 2015 where she is resident guiding teacher, teaches meditation and mindfulness retreats, and offers supported self-retreats for individuals wishing to explore and engage more deeply with particular aspects of their life experience. Chandasara leads a meditation group, and teaches mindfulness at Riverview Manor rehab centre and clinic in Underberg.
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The mind is empty in essence.
Although empty, everything constantly arises in it. 3rd Gyalwang Karmapa.