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 by renowned author and meditation master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.


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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

South African National Spiritual Director & Resident Teacher at Tushita Kadampa Meditation Centre (Cape Town)

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

Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Durban

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

Gen Kelsang Mila

Resident Teacher at Vajrapani Kadampa Meditation Centre (Johannesburg)

Gen Kelsang Mila was ordained in 2010 and has been Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre’s resident teacher since September 2010. She is greatly appreciated as a meditation teacher and is especially known for her clarity, humor and inspirational presentation of Dharma. Her teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Through her gentle and joyful approach and peaceful example, she has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts.

Modern Buddhism

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.

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.

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.

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 Meditation Centre
ADDRESS: 47 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town
PHONE NO: 021 447 1650 or cell 071 540 8855
EMAIL ID: info@meditateincapetown.org
URL: http://meditateincapetown.org


Kadampa Meditation Centre Durban
ADDRESS: 26 Menston Rd, Westville, South Africa
PHONE NO: 031 266 0096 or fax 086 592 1270
EMAIL ID: info@meditateindurban.org
URL: http://meditateindurban.org


Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre
ADDRESS: 345 Jan Smuts Ave, The Colony, Upper level, Craighall Park, Gauteng, South Africa
PHONE NO: 011 447 2746 or cell 083 678 5956
EMAIL ID: info@meditation.org.za
URL: http://meditation.org.za