• 26/01/2012 /  Retreats

    Karuna Sanctuary, Katoomba

    December 2, 3 and 4 2011

    Wild kangaroos, The Karuna Santuary, Katoomba

    Wild kangaroos, The Karuna Santuary, Katoomba (Photo: Remko)

    Celebration of Reiki
    by Susi
     ‘Just for today, I won’t get angry, I won’t worry, I’ll be grateful, I’ll work hard, I’ll be kind’.

    We learned of the power of imagination which can help the real power of Reiki to grow. Of giving and receiving and the two fused into one.  Of respect for the receiver of Reiki.

    We imagined / discovered the life force in everything  around us, and the movement of waves out from ourselves, and back into ourselves.

    We realised the universality of healing across religions, all with one hand on the head, one on the heart, all caring, all healing.  Children and animals give and/or  receive Reiki intuitively . . . even trees, we found out as we leaned on them for support and life energy in the cool sunshine of Karuna’s beautiful bush garden.

    Experiencing Reiki in a beautiful bush garden

    Experiencing Reiki in a beautiful bush garden (Photo: Matt)


    In Malcolm’s meticulously prepared booklet, we found the power symbol, Choku Rei, the First symbol, the power of ‘here and now’.  And the love symbol, Sei He Ki, the Second symbol, the healing power of love and compassion. We drew both  symbols as they appeared to us personally, each representation different, each one perfect in its individuality.

    As we practised Reiki, the two symbols came together to open us to its flow. We rubbed our hands vigorously to energise them, visualised connection with the symbols, plugging into the life energy and compassion all around us.  In the ‘tunnel’  ( lantern avenue, lighted way, fluorescent boulevard) of Reiki, our hands, like radiators, channelled our force through our companions.

    Practising Reiki

    Practising Reiki (Photo: Remko)


    We learned how Mikao Usui ‘discovered’ the healing powers of Reiki after 21 days of spiritual training. Almost as  a by-product. He asserted that the ability to practice Reiki is innate in every person.

    We remembered our friend Mark , and his untimely death from cancer, and the supporting role Reiki played in his gentle passing.  He had everything to live for, but he let it all go, saying he felt ‘complete’, thereby giving great comfort to those grieving family members and friends who loved him.

    I personally discovered the benefit of Reiki in accepting the transformation over time of some personal relationships. Giving Reiki to my retreat companions, I extended it further out to certain other persons in my life, and found  I could bid a peaceful and loving farewell;   freeing  them, and myself, from old patterns which no longer applied, and letting them go to take a new form, or come to an end.

    Experiencing the life energy and support of nature

    Experiencing the life energy and support of nature (Photo: Matt)


    I humbly thank  Malcolm for his dedication and hard work, his brilliant insights and guidance.  And  Nara for creating her usual magic in the kitchen, and everywhere else! And Karina, for her eternally gorgeous smile which is such a window into her soul.  And all my other companions at the retreat for their friendship and support.

    Hasta luego!!

    Susi xxx


  • 08/11/2011 /  Retreats

    Hand of Reiki

    At the Karuna Sanctuary, Katoomba

    2-3-4 December 2011

    Give yourself a precious energy lift at this weekend of receiving and passing on deeply nurturing Reiki visualisations.

    Don’t Miss Out On This Unique Opportunity.

    Please book early by emailing Robert straight away to confirm a place at this very special event, or call 02 9929 8643. Numbers are limited.

    Retreat fee is $200 including accommodation and food, payable to The Karuna Foundation one week prior to the meditation retreat.

  • 25/10/2010 /  Retreats

    by Susi


    Saturday begins our awakening to the truth about the nature of the Universe

    We humans believe that we are separate and solid entities. We labour under this delusion because our deficient senses don’t allow us to see the connections. The truth is that all of life is interconnected into one great Universal force.

    We revisit Albert’s famous equation, e=mc2, which those of us sufficiently ancient remember from dim dark days in science classes at school.

    Albert Einstein

    Energy is mass hugely multiplied by the speed of light, squared. Matter cannot be created or destroyed, it just transforms. Energy and Mass are inseparable. Take mass the size of a football, add the energy of an isotope, and you can raze a city to the ground.

    With astonishment we realise this is the proof of the interconnectedness of the Universe.

    We also learn that in 1939 Albert said, “If there is a cosmic religion of the future, it will be Buddhism’

    In fact, curiously, Albert has written a quote from the Heart Sutra on his blackboard:

    ‘Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is form’.

    Malcolm reminds us of the young reincarnation of the lama reassuring his parents,

    ‘Form is Emptiness,

    Emptiness is Form.

    You see, there’s nothing to be afraid of!’

    For your scribe, this is probably the most significant revelation of a weekend full of awakening. Fear is a debilitating force lurking at the bottom of every form of internal distress we inflict upon ourselves. Fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of illness, fear of embarrassment, fear of pain, fear of death, the list goes on. If we believe in interconnectedness and compassion, we can deal again and again with fear of different levels of harm, from the forces of nature to inflicted violence.

    Even the weather reinforces our awakening. The snowflakes whipped into a frenzy by gusts of freezing wind outside, which could so harm us if we were lost in the bush, are simply relocated energy. The wind comes from the spinning of the Earth and the differential heating of the continents of Australia and Antarctica. The beauty of the sun shining through the snowstorm is breath taking.

    Hunger is ‘awakening’ and we race, shuddering with cold, back to the dining room for Nara’s warm soup and pie!


    When we give Reiki we visualise a connection with the life force all around us, passing through our bodies to our partner, the recipient, whom we see as radiant space. We are, in fact, imagining something which is true.

    Why else do we all weep to watch Obachan Masako pass through the Reiki Tunnel? How else do we transform the joys and griefs of her 97 long years into a warmth and love so palpable she gives thanks for it hours later in her bed? How else can she recall it with no short term memory ?

    We understand why the Reiki masters say that the giver of Reiki gains the greater benefit.

    We learn that Reiki is one form of the practice of ‘The Place of Jewels’ , which represents the complete ‘Great Vehicle’ teaching of the Buddha. With an updated retelling of the parable of the Magic City, Malcolm awakens in us an understanding of the passive ‘Small Vehicle’ teaching . Although an appropriate means to gain release from personal distress, it is limited and inward-looking, popular with us all when we began Meditation.

    However the Magic City vanishes when we are strong enough to accept the complete Great Vehicle teaching. This leads to the ‘discovery of richly meaningful and supportive connections with the life of the entire Universe and reveals the Radiant Mind latent in all beings. It is of unlimited benefit to all that lives’.

    After this weekend, I don’t think any of us would contradict this claim.

    We travel in meditation on Manjushri’s lion (or zebra, or tiger, or dolphin, or Harley Davidson) to this wonderful ‘Place of Jewels’ where we are given a gift, which we discover on the next day to be the quote we have chosen for the time capsule from the spiritual signposts along our way . . .

    Mindfulness Dharma Walk

    Sunday sparkles, clear, cold and relatively calm.

    Lotus Sutra quotation

    Mindfulness walk: a spiritual sign along the forest trail

    (Photo: Robert)

    Walking through the bush, we have simply to retain words from one quotation as far as the next, remaining mindful to sights and sounds along the way.

    And what words they are . . .

    ‘deliver all beings from pain and suffering . . . ‘

    a purple iris, a crunch of leaves, a tiny trill from above . . .

    ‘keeping in mind the Buddha’s great enlightened body and his freedom from all fear  . .‘

    ‘all is dispersed by the sunlight of wisdom’ . . .

    stop a moment and feel the warmth of the sun . . .

    ‘joy and gladness’ . . . short sharp spikes, egg-and-bacon flowers, . . .

    ‘wisdom . . light shines without measure . . . from long-cultivated practice obtained’ . . .

    ‘You will all become fully awakened ones ‘ . . . leaves stir overhead . . .

    ‘The home of the buddhas . . . wherever bodhisattvas practise . . ‘

    rustling as a lizard scurries . . .

    ‘compassionate . . . patient . . . gentle . . . empty . . . ‘

    ‘lotus flower in the water emerges unsoiled from the earth’ . . .

    a palette of wildflowers, shy white, soft yellow, vivid purple . . .

    ‘remove the fever of the passions of life, and fanning the wind of liberation’ . . .

    breeze on my face . . someone moves near me . . .

    ‘true good friends . . . great field of blessings . . . peaceful place of pleasure, relief, protection and support ‘

    the roof of the meditation hall appears above the grey green olive leaves . . .

    ‘Dharma of Perfect Enlightenment . . .now I entrust it to you . . . words fall silent before it ‘ . . .

    a line of companions making their way slowly back . . .

    ‘accept and embrace even one verse . . . read it, recite it, and understand its meaning, the benefits will be very many . . . I predict Perfect Enlightenment’.

    Karina meditating in the sun on the veranda, a sprig of eucalypt in her hand . . .

    Past and Present

    ‘You are now living the past life of a future Buddha’

    ‘I know’.

    Thank you Malcolm, for your hard work and brilliant guidance as we ventured along the path to Awakening. Nara, for your warmth, not only of heart but also of food, and all that entailed.

    Obachan Masako, just for being yourself.

    Karina, for your youth, exuberance and support.

    And all my fellow participants, for your willingness and generosity as we all embarked on the journey.


    “Those who are able to copy, keep, read, recite, reverence and teach this Sutra to others will be protected and remembered by Buddhas abiding in other regions. They shall have great powers of conviction, the power of a resolute vow, and the power of a virtuous character. Know those people shall dwell with the Tathagata, and the Tathagata shall place his hands upon their heads.”


    Awakenings Participants by Remko

    Our "Awakenings" participants

    (Photo: Remko)


  • 14/09/2010 /  Retreats

    Weekend Residential Meditation Workshop

    Program: 15-16-17 October 2010

    Fri p.m. 8.30

    Hands of Light.

    Reiki meditation. A cleansing away of negative energy.

    Sat a.m. 9.00

    Awakening! What Does it Mean?

    Three inspiring descriptions from three traditions.

    Sat a.m. 11.30

    Time Traveller

    What the Lotus Sutra says about your past and future lives. Finding the past and future in the here and now.

    Sat p.m. 2.00

    The Jewel in the Robe

    Installing a time capsule at the peace stupa followed by meditation on hidden sources of awakening.

    Sat p.m. 3.30

    Manjusri’s Lion

    Bringing home the heart warming jewel.

    Sat p.m. 8.30

    Reiki Tunnel of Light

    Supported by spiritual friends.

    Sun a.m. 9.00

    Strolling Through the Magic City

    A mindfulness walk along a forest trail with spiritual signposts.

    Sun a.m. 11. 30

    Awakening the Subtle Mind

    Discovering that the evidence was there all the time.

    Sun p.m 2.30

    Deep Reiki

    Extended  transmission  through spiritual friends.

    Limited vacancies available. All inclusive cost $200. Please confirm your interest with Nara or Robert or phone (02) 9929 8643.

  • 17/12/2009 /  Retreats

    Healing the spirit.
    Through reconnections with the living earth
    Warming the heart
    Restoring the body-mind.


    with the


    A residential weekend meditation retreat
    by Malcolm Pearce
    at The Karuna Sanctuary
    Blue Mountains

    Friday evening 26th  to Sunday afternoon  28th February, 2010

    Fully catered. Private cabins. Limited numbers. Cost $190.
    Bookings. Enquiries. Phone (02) 9929 8643

  • 31/07/2009 /  Retreats

    Liberate your mind and heart with beautiful meditations.

    8.30 pm Friday evening 25 September


    3 pm Sunday afternoon 27 September

    Please note the new date for the retreat:

    We are having renovation work done at the Katoomba Centre to improve the privacy of the accommodation.This work will increase your enjoyment of the retreat. It is planned to be ready by mid-September.

    Retreat fee $200 includes accommodation and meals.
    (Hot soup supper served from 7.30 Friday evening)

    Numbers are limited. Please book early by emailing Nara