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 programmes, day 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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Important Announcement

On September 17 our most precious Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche showed the manner of passing peacefully into the clear light.

Venerable Geshe-la requested that for auspiciousness at this time all Kadampa centers around the world engage in a short retreat using his special prayer, Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche from his Faithful Disciples.

Manjushri KMC, the Mother Center, will close on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 to engage in this retreat.

Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre Johannesburg , will be closed Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st to engage in Retreat.

You who take on the great responsibility of caring in every way for the doctrine and migrators,
Giving to everyone equally, without discrimination, the precious opportunity to accomplish one’s own purpose and the purpose of others;
O Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka,
Please remain at my heart forever,
So that all directions will be pervaded by your matchless, excellent deeds

In Person classes update
Our classes will be in-person only from Thursday,  1st September 2022

As many of you know, we started streaming our meditation classes to enable them to run during the pandemic – and it was wonderful that so many people across Johannesburg and all the surrounding areas took up that opportunity when coming to the Centre wasn’t an option.

However, coming back in-person is always the best way to be guided in meditation, or to receive teachings – so from Thursday, September 1st, all our classes will return to in-person only. We look forward to seeing you at our new centre or one of our branches again. Thank you all so much!


Learn what Modern Buddhism is about, 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!

Join A Class Today!

Weekly 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 ‘The New Heart of Wisdom’.

Childrens 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 (NPO No: 011-344), Organisation run by Volunteers

As a government registered Non-Profit Organisation, Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre has been benefitting 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.

Kadampa Brochure 

The 2022 international brochure showing the latest developments in Modern Kadampa Buddhism worldwide, and the international teaching programme of Festivals and Dharma Celebrations for the year is now available.

You can download two PDF versions, one for mobile devices and one for desktops. Use the links below. Printed copies will also be available from your local centre soon.

The brochure shows the extraordinary developments in Kadam Dharma around the world that have emanated from the heart of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Please share this amazing story.

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 support for your spiritual well-being.

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


Our shop is open Monday to Thursday 11:00 to 14:00 and Saturday from 09:00 – 13:00.

Ready to Make a positive Change in your Life & become a Monthly Member?

It makes economic sense to become a Monthly Member of the Vajrapani Centre. For as little as R330 per month, you can have unlimited access to all the Meditation classes, retreats and courses. The Sangha community is a fun group of people that enjoy volunteering their time and effort, by creating a welcoming haven of peace for all to share in.  The Members form the core base of the NPO, enabling the Vajrapani KBC to flourish and offer the wisdom of dharma teachings to all in Johannesburg and beyond.

Everyone is welcome!