Gen kelsang Pagpa
Gen Pagpa is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him, and was appointed as the National Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa Tradition in South Africa in 2015.
“I feel so fortunate to be a student, for twenty five years now and counting, of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He has pioneered the presentation of Modern Kadampa Buddhism since coming to the west in 1977 and founded more than 1200 worldwide Centres, from Auckland to Lima and Helsinki to Cape Town!
I delight in every precious opportunity to share these ancient, accessible methods that empower us to develop the capacity of our mind and improve our human nature.”
As Venerable Geshe-la says in his book New Eight Steps to Happiness:
''If we have to walk across rough and thorny ground, one way of protecting our feet is to cover the whole ground with leather, but this is not very practical. We can achieve the same result in a much simpler way - by covering our feet. Similarly if we wish to protect ourself from suffering we can either try to change external conditions to make them confirm to our wishes, or we can change our mind. Until now we have been trying to change the external conditions, but this clearly has not worked. Now we need to change our mind.”
By connecting with a local hospice called St Luke’s, Pagpa has been able to give ongoing meditation sessions to cancer patients at the hospice in township locations in South Africa. He also teaches meditation to school students in Khayelitsha. “Each meditation session lasts for an hour. We begin with breathing meditation, followed by practical advice on, for example, how to develop and maintain a good heart of loving-kindness. As part of the teaching I encourage them to share their own understanding with the group.” (Read more)
Pagpa teaches the Foundation Programme on Monday evenings and regular drop-in meditation classes in and around Cape Town. He also gives half-day courses, day and away retreats throughout the year.
His next retreat, Clear mind, Good heart will be hosted at Bodhi Khaya, 25 - 27 January 2019 - to book, click here.
For more information on offerings by Gen Kelsang Pagpa:
Tushita Kadampa Meditation Centre, 47 Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town.
Tel: 021 447 1650