Desert Creek House

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802 Desert Creek Road,
Numbugga via Bega NSW 2550
Phone: 6492 8498
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Selection of texts
1) Texts for reflexion
Themes at DCH

2) Australia
Aboriginal People

3) Texts concerning DCH
Essays + Our practice

4) Climate change
The Tipping Point Alliance

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5) Other writers

1) Texts for reflexion - Themes - Texts by us

After our community day and sharing about generosity (26th May), Jen provides here her text for further reflection: After our community day and sharing about nonviolent communication (28th April), Sunny proposes the following texts for further reflexion: Traditional cultures A few diverse texts by us
2) Australia - Aboriginal People

What can we do at DCH to discover a true connexion to Aboriginal people and culture?
About democracy in Australia

3) Texts concerning more specifically the practice at DCH

A few texts and essays about our practice:
A reflexion about our practice and future at DCH:
4) Climate change and the Tipping Point Alliance

A Vision and Strategy for a meaningful Life in a facturing World

All the documents concerning the Alliance have been moved to a separate page. Click here:
All the documents

5) Other writers

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Africa 1998)
By Desmond Tutu, and collaborators, a description of the Concept and Principles.
Volume 1 - see especially chapter 5 - pp103 onward.
This description of the process is very inspiring. It is all about restorative justice, instead of retributive or punitive justice.
A new era can start, once people have processed the conflicts that have opposed them.
On Dialogue (by David Bohm)
A beautiful approach of what dialogue should be. By the quantum physicist David Bohm ("The implicate order" scientist). Borrowed from
The corruption of Christianity (by Ivan Illich): about the Gospel, the Church and society.
This is a ground breaking text that goes back to the roots of Christianity and shows how the institution of the Church, through the centuries, has inverted some fundamental basic truths of the Gospel and of spiritual practice. The text (a transcript of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is in 4 parts.
A dialogue between Dr Daitsetz Suzuki and Fr Thomas Merton about knowledge and innocence
This text is absolutely fascinating because it brings Christianity and Buddhism to a common ground on a very deep spiritual level that expresses stricking similarities between such notions (or rather experiences) of what words like Emptiness or Godhead may mean.
An extract of the Cancer Ward by Solzhenitsyn
This text is a dialog between two patients of the Cancer Ward: one who has been imprisoned in work camps (Kostoglotov) and the other who has been a librarian (Chilibin). They compare their experience of freedom. A very telling text for our time about the freedom of conscience.
Texts by Vaclav Havel (1936-2011), writer and so called "dissident" under the prosovietic regime; then President of Czekoslovakia (1989-92), first President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003:
  • President talk - 1st January 1999 - 2p
    In his inaugural talk to the nation, Vaclav Havel explains how we are all responsible for the evolution of our own national society; we are all actors in present history. It means we share the responsibility for what we have created together, even in a totalitarian regime, as the one which had then just been replaced by a new born democracy in Czekoslovakia.
  • The Power of the Powerless (1978) - 47p or the short version (extracts) - 7p
    This text has been written by Vaclav Havel for the Polish trade Union Solidarnosc as a description of what it means to live within the truth. It describes what is true "dissidence" (as the media at that time used to name the form of resistance that developed in Eastern European countries. This text is fascinating because it can be read on many levels:
    1) As a historical document that illustrates how people in the opposition in soviet dominated countries understood their commitment to justice and truth.
    2) As a description in what consists resistance under a totalitarian regime.
    3) As an inspiration for finding a true life attitude in face of any ideology, wheter it is totalitarian as in then soviet dominated countries or whether it is capitalist under the domination and exploitation of market economy that imposes a pattern of thinking and living.
    4) Or finally as a call for living a free spiritual life (living within the truth) at the image of Jesus Christ, or of people such as Buddha, Gandhi, Martin Luther King or similar, who have been in their own way "great dissidents" par excellence.

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