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Dirk, a long standing student of Ringu Tulku, completed a four year secluded meditation retreat at the Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery Scotland, and has been teaching Buddhist Meditation for 15 years.
Dr. Dirk de Klerk was born in Pretoria, South Africa – which is still his favourite city in the world. He grew up near Witbank in a rural, Afrikaans community.
After leaving school, Dirk studied music: first in Pretoria, where he studied composition with Stefans Grové. He then continued his studies with Peter Klatzow in Cape Town, during which period Dirk also studied with Kevin Volans, and attended various master classes with the famous North American composer, Morton Feldman. Dirk regards Feldman as his greatest influence as a composer: more in terms of how Dirk conceives of sound, than of style.
After Dirk’s studies in Cape Town, he was awarded the prestigious SAMRO prize for composition, which enabled him to study composition with Mauricio Kagel in Cologne, Germany, during which time he also studied with Frederic Rzewski in Liège, Belgium.
Dirk had encountered Buddhist meditation in Cape Town, and knew that this would become of great priority to him. After his studies in Germany, Dirk decided to do the four year meditation retreat at Samye Ling, in Scotland.
After his retreat, he studied for a PGCE in London, so that he would be educated for a profession in order to survive.
Dirk has been working as a school teacher ever since, working with pupils with special education needs. He also started running meditation groups in London at the time. Around 1999 he met Ringu Tulku – a pivotal experience in his life.
Dirk continues composing, and, in April 2006, qualified with a D Mus in composition from the University of Pretoria, having studied with Prof. Stefans Grové.
Dirk would love to have the leisure to devote his time and energy to meditation and music …