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Corpus Australis: Sacred Crossing

14 January 2004

Culture Lab's major theatrical work under permanent construction has the working title Corpus Australis. A recent gathering with Jutta Malnic and Santitito brought more understandings and clarifications about this project and its complex subject.

Santi, Graeme and Jennifer Dog
Santi, Graeme and Jennifer Dog
Santi, Graeme and Jennifer Dog
John Allan & Santi teaching at Wat Buddha Lavarn
Santi, Graeme and Jennifer Dog
John Allan with Buddha & Wandjina

In September 2003, Graham Dunstan (Peacebus.com) initiated a three-day retreat at the Wat Buddha Lavarn in the Lao Buddhist Forest Monastery, Wedderburn, NSW. Led by John Allan (Initiated Thai Forest monk, now practising layperson and initiated custodian of Rainbow Serpent Dreaming by Yolgnu Elders) in the company of The Venerable Santitito and other Laotian monks, the retreat was a synthesis of Buddhist principles and Earth principles for healing in the Yolngu tradition. Waking Up In The Bush was a significant inter-cultural action for peace and healing of the body of Australia.

Culture Lab has been in conversation with Jutta Malnic for some years regarding the inspiration provided dramaturgically by the image/story/title of CORPUS AUSTRALIS as shared by Jutta and Aboriginal lawman, the late David Mowljarli and published in the book Yorro Yorro. John Allan has already visited Culture Lab in 2003 with Yolgnu man, Djawa. They carried with them a large painted canvas of the body map as originally published in Yorro Yorro.

On January 16 a spontaneous gathering at Culture Lab provided an opportunity to continue conversations related to inter-cultural, inter-generational, inter-gender healing in Australia; the body of Australia as a living entity; and shared dreamings for a walking/travelling of various ley lines for the purpose of learning and sharing stories and knowledge toward a sustainable inclusive and just Australian/global culture.

Graeme Dunstan arrived in time for an 11am food offering with the Venerable Santitito, close followed by Jutta and Sergei Malnic. Conversations began in earnest with Graham Bird, Willem Brugman and Catherine Hassall also present. The day finished with a meditation session led by Santitito who stayed overnight, bringing blessings of Dharma, Sangha and Buddha to Culture Lab Ground.

Go to peacebus.com for [ Conversation Notes and Photographs ]


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Willem Brugman
Ph:  +612 4754 5081
Fax: +612 4754 3835
info@culturelab.org.au


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