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Retreat: The Practice of How to Make a Mandala Offering

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:15 pm

How to make a Mandala offering

Making mandala offerings is a beautiful Kadampa Buddhist practice that harnesses our pure imagination and wisdom. These offerings of an imagined pure universe are a powerful method to accumulate a vast collection of merit or positive energy. Everything “good in our life” is ultimately due to the positive karma or merit we have created in the past. Merit is the main cause of all of our success in daily life and in our spiritual practice. 

This practical workshop will focus on learning how to make mandala offerings with a kit as well as in our mind. We will also learn the meaning behind mandala offerings. 

“It is a remarkable quality of the mind that we first create objects in our imagination and then bring them into our everyday reality.” – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

If we understand the role of imagination, born from an understanding of karma and intention, we can create the self and world we wish to experience through engaging in the practice of mandala offerings

Please bring your mandala kit if you have one. If you don’t have one, please let us know and we will arrange for a kit for you to use.


Saturday 13th May

Session 1: 10:00-11:15  

Session 2: 11:45-13:00  

Lunch: 13:00 – 14:00 (Vegeterian lunch and snacks wil be avaiable for purchase from our Pop Up Cafe for World Peace)

Session 3: 14:00-15:15  

Session 4: 16:00-17:15

About the Teacher: 

Gen Kelsang Mila is the resident teacher of Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center, and an ordained Buddhist nun in  the New Kadampa Tradition. Her teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life.

How to join in?
In Person at Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Center, The Woods, 345 Jan Smuts Ave, Upper level, Craighall Park, 2196

Please use the Rothesay Avenue entrance to the parking lot. Park at Baby City and use those steps to come up to the Upper Level courtyard.

You are invited to arrive a 10 – 15 minutes before the event starts to register and settle in or have a cup of tea or coffee. We have a book shop to browse, water on sale, and it is helpful to bring a pen and notebook if you would like to take notes. There is secure and ample parking.  

After the session there are refreshments and an opportunity to ask questions informally and meet other people.

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May 13
10:00 am - 5:15 pm
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Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre
073 585 2557


Gen Kelsang Mila


The Woods, 345 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, Randburg
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2196 South Africa
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