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.
Away Retreat – The Power of Concentration
Sometimes a change of scenery is all we need to free our mind of distractions. And during our semi-annual away retreat at Mokoya Lodge, you’ll find yourself in a remarkable setting to do just that.
Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Mila will lead teachings, meditations and gentle silence sessions so we can better discover inner peace through the power of concentration and guarding the mind. By developing the perfection of concentration, we can avoid being continually distracted by delusions which only serve to harm our minds of happiness and impede our path to enlightenment.
The Centre is situated in a modern, semi – commercial space in Johannesburg, in the beautiful suburb of Craig-hall Park, where a community of lay and ordained Buddhists practice the Kadampa Buddhist way of life.
Classes are held in a peaceful and informal atmosphere within the Colony shopping centre on the upper level, and everyone is welcome to attend. The Centre is open to visitors but please phone in advance to make certain that someone will be there to welcome you.
Our Centre Offers:
– Regular meditation classes
– Study Programmes
– Group meditations (chanted prayers & meditation in English)
– Beautiful Meditation room
The Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre is located at:
345 Jan Smuts Ave,
The Colony Shopping Centre, upper level,
Craighall Park, Johannesburg, 2196
(011) 447 2746
MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. 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 become more peaceful.
Chanted Prayers (or Puja in Sanskrit) are an important element of our spiritual training. Prayer, “monlam” in Tibetan, simply means “wish path”. The prayer booklets we use are known as ‘sadhanas’ meaning “methods for accomplishing attainments”. Using ancient prayers translated into English, these practices help us to purify our negativity and fill our mind with positive energy. Chanted Prayers sessions combine guided meditation with the prayers, as well as a talk about how to engage in the practice. The sessions are suitable for beginners as well as those with experience. No need to book, just come along and relax.
Free and open to all.
Public talks are organized across South Africa. Based on one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, they are presented by qualified Kadampa teachers. These are the perfect opportunity to gain an insight into Buddhism’s relevance and practical application in modern daily life. Public talks usually consist of a talk, guided meditation and an opportunity to browse the Tharpa bookshop. Everyone is welcome!
HYT (Highest Yoga Tantra)
A Highest Yoga Tantra practice is open only to those who have received the appropriate empowerment. If you would like to understand more about HYT practice, please feel free to chat to us.