About Us

Welcome to the Meditate in South Africa website.  This is a portal for all Kadampa activities in South Africa.  Here you can find helpful info on public talks, weekend courses and retreats presented by qualified Teachers of modern Buddhism. There are thousands of such events held each week in over 40 countries around the world.

The events vary in length from an evening talk to a few days, but whatever their duration they all offer a meaningful difference – a chance to break free from the hectic routines of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. You will come away not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually re-energised.

We invite you to look around, discover and if you can’t find what you are looking for please inquire through one of our centres.


The events are based on the teachings given in the book Modern Buddhism by renowned author and meditation master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Modern Buddhism is a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings on compassion and wisdom that communicates their essence in a way that is easy to understand and put into practice. This book is available as a FREE ebook download from emodernbuddhism.com.


These spectacular weekend retreats are a great way to getaway from the stresses of busy life and take a break. These meditation retreats are suitable for beginners and those with more experience and are a great way to learn new things or deepen your present spiritual understanding and experience. Everybody is welcome.

Meditation Classes

Meditation is an ancient art which is being increasingly practised in these modern times. More and more people are turning to meditation to increase their inner peace, good health and wellbeing.

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. Since inner peace is the source of all happiness, we can see how important meditation is.

If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.

If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

Find a meditation class near you – click here for more info



Gen Kelsang Pagpa

Gen Kelsang Pagpa

Resident Teacher of the Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Gen Pagpa is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him, and was appointed as the National Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa Tradition in South Africa in 2015.  He teaches the Foundation Programme on Monday evenings and regular drop-in meditation classes in and around Cape Town. He also gives half-day courses, day and away retreats throughout the year.

Kelsang Jampel

Kelsang Jampel

Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Durban

He is well loved for his sincerity and light-hearted manner, and he teaches the Foundation Programme and regular weekly meditation classes.

Gen Kelsang Mila

Gen Kelsang Mila

Resident Teacher of the Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Gen Mila has been at the Vajrapani Buddhist Centre since September 2010 and studies on the international teacher training program. She is a great spiritual friend, teaches and guides the students with love and compassion, drawing on her own varied life experiences and an inspiring example to follow. She displays a wonderful enthusiasm and devotion to Kadampa Buddhism.

Modern Buddhism

Our Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.Born in Tibet in 1931 and ordained a Buddhist monk at the age of eight, Geshe Kelsang then studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title “Geshe” under the guidance of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide. After leaving Tibet in 1959, he spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayan region and northern India…

Our Tradition

The programmes at Kadampa Buddhist Centres throughout South Africa provide a precious opportunity to study and practise the special presentation of Modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. All the teachers at Kadampa Centres are students of Geshe Kelsang and give teachings in accordance with this special lineage of instructions. Drawing on the profound lineage of ancient wisdom that he holds, Geshe Kelsang presents the teachings of Buddha in a way that everyone can easily apply them to their daily lives.

International Temples Project

Founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso with the vision to create a Kadampa Buddhist Temple in every major city in the world, its aim is to introduce the Buddhist Faith of the New Kadampa Tradition.

International Festivals

Every year NKT-IKBU organises a world wide programme of special courses on Buddhism and meditation that explain how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern living. The programme includes International Festivals, National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations.

South Africa Meditation Centres

There are three Kadampa Centres in South Africa, each offering a range of meditation activities including weekly classes, courses and retreats.

Cape Town

Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Kadampa Meditation Centre Durban

Tel 031 266 0096


Kadampa Meditation Centre Durban


Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre