The Buddha Bag meeting is taking a break to enjoy the rest of the summer! We will return in September with a brand new venue and more surprises!
For our last event we are going out with an evening filled with beautiful awakening:
July 28th: Way of The Leopard: Connecting With Your Wild Side with John Lockley
Facebook Event Page | Thursday, July 28th, 8:00pm | Eur 15/10 Concession
John will talk about the importance of connecting with your senses as a way to still the mind and awaken intuition. The Leopard is one of the main totem animals in Southern African traditional healing. It represents raw, intuitive intelligence and interconnectedness with the natural world. The Leopard reminds healers of always listening to their body as a way to help harmonise people with themselves and the natural world. John will speak about the 7 senses of man and what it requires to wake up and use our senses. In order to walk like the Leopard we have to learn to dance like the leopard. The trance dance is one of the main methods in Southern Africa for healers to connect to the divine and spirit worlds. John will teach participants to shake their bones, awaken their intuition and open their hearts in a form of dancing that has been practiced for thousands of years.
Join us on this night of awakening!
More about John
He was born, in 1971, into a divided Apartheid South Africa, with the mark of the sangoma on his face – a band of white birth skin around the eyes. At 18, John was serving in the South African army as a medic (during the war with Angola in the 1980s) when he had a strong, prophetic dream calling him to train as a Xhosa sangoma. He immediately began to suffer from the thwasa, a severe period of ill-health that is inherent in all ancient shamanic cultures which can only be cured through apprenticeship to a shamanic teacher. Because of the restrictions of Apartheid (which ended in 1994) it would take John seven years to find a Xhosa teacher.
During the early days of his calling he trained as a Zen student under renowned Zen Master, Su Bong, completing an intensive three-month kyol che in a Buddhist monastery in South Korea. He was then invited by the Grand Master Dae Soen Sa Nim to join his “monk army”, but the strength of his sangoma calling drew him back to South Africa. Eventually, post-Apartheid, John met Mum Ngwevu, a well-known Xhosa Sangoma medicine woman, in one of the poorest townships in South Africa. She had foreseen his arrival in a dream and began his 10-year apprenticeship, giving him the initiated name Ucingolwendaba, meaning messenger or connector between people and cultures.
Remember, this is our last event for the Summer, so don’t miss it!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!