Welcome to the Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Our centre is located in Craighall Park, Johannesburg. We offer a variety of meditation & mindfulness classes, children’s classes, in-depth Buddhist study programmesday courses, and weekend meditation retreats that are suitable for beginners and more experienced meditators.  You may also like to browse through our gift and bookshop; selling, gifts, greetings cards, Buddhist books, and meditation CDs.
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We Are Back Open!

We are excited to announce that VKBC Johannesburg is back open to the public!

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Learn what Modern Buddhism is in the heart of Johannesburg.

Buddha’s most profound insight into the nature of the mind remains as revolutionary in our modern world as it was 2500 years ago: the mind is the source of all happiness and suffering. All of it.

At the VKBC, this is what we learn – in a very practical way. So that through meditation, we can cultivate authentic happiness, and actualise our greatest potential, and help others do the same.

…and we do it all right here in Johannesburg, thanks to the extraordinary teachings of our founder, Buddhist meditation master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Everyone is welcome!

Our Classes

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Beginners Meditation Class

Discover the life-changing benefits of meditation practice, suitable for everybody wanting to learn the basics of meditation.

Foundation Study Programme

Take your meditation practice to the next level, with a structured study programme on ‘How to Understand the Mind’.

Kids Meditation Classes

Children will learn simple techniques and meditations designed to develop a happy heart and help them solve their problems.

(ages 5 – 12 years)


Our Centre is a Non-Profit Organisation run by Volunteers

As a government registered Non-Profit Organisation, Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre has been benefiting the people of Johannesburg for over 20 years providing authentic and practical meditation classes, courses and retreats for peace of mind and well-being.

The specific purpose of our organisation is to introduce the Buddhist faith and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition to the public and to exemplify contemporary Buddhist practise through service to the public.

We are actively involved in trying to make our society a happier, peaceful place that is free from suffering.

If you are able to assist us with any donations that would be much appreciated.

What is Modern Buddhism?

What distinguishes our teachings?

 All our Courses and Retreats are taught by trained and qualified teachers, who teach in accordance with the New Kadampa Tradition, whose teachings can be traced back all the way to Buddha Shakyamuni.

With qualified meditation teachers guiding and inspiring us we have the opportunity to meet Buddha’s teachings and or learn to integrate them into our busy modern lives.


Modern Buddhism is perfectly suited for inspiring those seeking solutions within Buddhism to problems of everyday life, as well as for encouraging practitioners of all faiths to deepen their understanding and practice of the spiritual path.


Our shop stocks a variety of meditation and Buddhist books, CDs and Ritual implements as well as many more items aimed to provide you spiritual wellbeing.

We are the main stockists of all of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books are acclaimed for their unparalleled clarity and practicality; perfectly conveying the essence of Buddha’s instructions.


The shop is open on a Saturday from 12:00 – 13:30.  For other available times, please contact Lise at: admin@meditation.org.za.

Ready to Make a Change?

Becoming a member of Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre is the most economical way to enjoy all our classes, retreats and courses, which support the growth of this extraordinary resource for the people of Johannesburg and beyond.