In general…

If you are new to Makhanda / Grahamstown and would like to find out more about meditation at the centre, please do stop in. We don’t update this web page very frequently, as it doesn’t attract much traffic, but we do have a monthly newsletter which will keep you up to date on the activities […]


This year was again very full, with three 8 week MBLC courses. Our Tara Rokpa Therapy group also received visits from Edie Irwin, Trish Swift and Jayne Pillosoff. The end of our three year Back to Beginnings process culminates in a “Birthing” retreat at TRC in January 2020. Weekly sittings continue unabated…


2017 was a busy year for us, with two eight week Mindfulness Courses run as well as three Tara Rokpa Therapy weekends and a Lucid Dreaming retreat. We also maintained the weekly Tuesday sitting practise from 18:00-19:00. Some of us went up to see Drupon Rinpoche when he visited the TRC and Anton and Alex […]

2016 – Schedule

If you’d like any further info on these events for the year (costs, content and so forth) or to be added to our mailing list to receive a monthly newsletter with updates and details, please contact the chair: Alexandra Johnson: grahamstownkagyu@gmail.com WEEKLY PRACTICES (no charge for any of these events, donations welcome) Tuesdays: 1800-19:00 – […]

Mindful Writing Retreat with Anton – 2015

“You need to begin to explore another way to write, to build awareness to write from…To create from joy, to create from wonder, demands a continual discipline, a great compassion…it demands a continual objectivity of spirit, a continual looking out at, and beyond the world created by the senses…” Thuksey Rinpoche, in Andrew Harvey’s Journey […]

2014 Brief Overview

Well, it’s been a really busy year for our little centre, which has included another 8 Week Mindfulness Course, and retreats with Ken Holmes, Charlie Morley and Tingdzin. We also went for a visit to Antony Osler’s retreat centre in the Karoo and began a group study course working through Ken Holmes’ three year Dharma […]

Ken Holmes’ Course in Tibetan Buddhism Starts 25 February, 2014

Ken Holmes’ Course in Tibetan Buddhism Tuesdays 19:00 – 20:00 from 25 February A number of people attending the weekly mindfulness meetings have expressed an interest in learning more about Tibetan Buddhism and for this reason we’ll be creating a study groupusing material from Ken Holmes’ Home Study Course, on Tuesdays from 19:00 – 20:00, after meditation. . Ken is the director of […]

Weekend Zen Retreat in the Karoo with Antony Osler 14-16 March 2014

Weekend meditation retreat in the Karoo with Antony Osler Last year during festival, Antony Osler spoke about his book Zen Dust, and some of his experiences as a ZenBuddhist monk, a human rights lawyer and a Karoo farmer. He and his wife Margie run retreats from their Karoo homestead on their farm in Colesburg. Antony’s style is clear, […]

Mindfulness Course – Starting March 6, 2014

Mindfulness Training: what is it? Mindfulness training teaches us how to settle our minds. While the mind is unsettled, it is distracted, often missing out on what is happening in the present, and drawing us repeatedly into thoughts about the future (such as planning or worrying) or mulling over the past. But this thinking mind doesn’t create the […]

Ken and Katia Holmes – 22-24 November, 2013

Ken Holmes is one of the great teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the world today. The Grahamstown Buddhist centre first hosted Ken and his wife Katia in 2010, and Ken was back in 2011. Both of them have worked extensively in the translation of Tibetan texts into English, and have had close connections with the first […]