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Evolving from Becoming to Unfolding; Br. Martin of Shantivanam (in French & English)

The retreat tries to describe the process of how to evolve from the life of becoming to the life of fullness, from the life of ego to the life of God.
Br. Martin

Leader

Br. Martin

Born in 1955 in South India to a Hindu mother and a Catholic father, John Martin Kuvarapu's education was interspersed with periods of work to support his family. Responding to an inner call to dedicate his life to God, he entered the seminary in Bangalore. Shortly before his ordination, after reading an article by Father Bede Griffiths, he asked to meet this spiritual master of the Shantivanam ashram, founded by Jules Monchanin and Henri Le Saux. He stayed at the ashram and took his monastic vows there (Camaldolese Benedictine). He took the name Sahajananda. He was later sent to complete his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome. Rich in two cultures, he deepened his knowledge of Hindu spirituality. He analysed the points of convergence between the two traditions and saw how the spirituality of the Upanishads enriched and enlightened the message of Christ. This message, stripped of its institutional dross, regains its original strength and clarity. For several decades he has been spreading his teachings in Europe and North America, through his conferences, articles and books. He is particularly attached to France, which gave India the Fathers Monchanin and Le Saux.

Date

16 - 19 Jun, 2022

Location

Bonnevaux - On the Ground

There are two ways we can live our life: from our emptiness and from our fullness. Living from our emptiness is like a pond that has no source inside and fills itself from the water from outside. This is the life of ego, the life of becoming. Living from our fullness is like a pond that has a source within and overflows from its fullness. This is the life of God, the life of unfolding. Jesus Christ called it ‘ the kingdom of God’ . The retreat tries to describe the process of how to evolve from the life of becoming to the life of fullness, from the life of ego to the life of God. There will be two teaching sessions and one session of discussion each day.  We follow the rhythm of the community.

 

This event is in English and French.

All our events taking place at Bonnevaux offer an opportunity to discover the rich cultural and historical French and European heritage of the 12th-century Abbaye de Bonnevaux, as well as to explore the varied and natural beauty of the land which we cultivate as a model of ecological responsibility.

 

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Cancellation

 

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Membership fee is paid once per year, valid strictly from Jan – Dec.

** by French law you must be a ‘member‘ of the charity (association ABP) Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre Pour la Paix in order to participate at an on-the-ground event at Bonnevaux – 86370 Marçay, France. 

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The Abbey of Bonnevaux is the spiritual home of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) which includes a Conference and Retreat Centre dedicated to peace. The on-the-ground activities of the Abbey are organized under the responsibility of l’Association Abbaye de Bonnevaux – Centre pour le Paix (ABP).  The Association, which is governed by the French law of 1st July 1901, is registered in Poitiers under the reference RNA: W863007299. 

Address : Bonnevaux, 86370 Marçay, France.
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José Pype (President of the Association); Giovanni Felicioni (Associate Director and Programme Manager). 

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Br. Martin

Leader

Br. Martin

Born in 1955 in South India to a Hindu mother and a Catholic father, John Martin Kuvarapu's education was interspersed with periods of work to support his family. Responding to an inner call to dedicate his life to God, he entered the seminary in Bangalore. Shortly before his ordination, after reading an article by Father Bede Griffiths, he asked to meet this spiritual master of the Shantivanam ashram, founded by Jules Monchanin and Henri Le Saux. He stayed at the ashram and took his monastic vows there (Camaldolese Benedictine). He took the name Sahajananda. He was later sent to complete his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome. Rich in two cultures, he deepened his knowledge of Hindu spirituality. He analysed the points of convergence between the two traditions and saw how the spirituality of the Upanishads enriched and enlightened the message of Christ. This message, stripped of its institutional dross, regains its original strength and clarity. For several decades he has been spreading his teachings in Europe and North America, through his conferences, articles and books. He is particularly attached to France, which gave India the Fathers Monchanin and Le Saux.

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