About this event

The South African Dharma Celebration is a wonderful event that takes place once a year, and offers an opportunity for South Africans from all walks of life to come together to receive empowerment, listen to teachings and practice meditation. This year we will receive the empowerment of Buddha Manjushri, the Wisdom Buddha. If we wish to solve our own problems and the problems at large we definitely need wisdom. If we rely upon the wisdom of enlightened beings we can easily bring an end to all suffering.

The empowerment is a special ceremony though which we will receive powerful blessings from Manjushri, which will make our spiritual practices more powerful and especially all our practices related to Manjushri. As a result our wisdom will quickly increase and we shall be able to solve our problems on the deepest level.

The empowerment will be followed by a commentary to the practice of Manjushri, called Treasury of Wisdom, and on Sunday there will be an opportunity to be inspired by hearing about the special connection between Je Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden and Buddha Manjushri.

Everyone is very welcome!

Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang

The empowerment will be guided by Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang, the Resident Teacher of KMC Edinburgh. She is highly experienced, well-respected and has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 25 years. She is also the National Spiritual Director of Austria, Switzerland and South Africa and teaches at National Festivals. She has won the admiration and affection of many students through her pure example and loving-kindness.

Streamed online

The event will be streamed online. A link will be sent to your email address by Friday morning and will remain valid for five days. If you don’t receive an email, please check your junk folder, as it may have landed there!

What else?

Sadhana’s. Prayer booklets, or sadhana’s, that are used and explained during the SADC can be downloaded from Tharpa (see below). They are also available for purchase from your local Dharma Centre. Useful sadhanas are:
Prayers for Meditation
Treasury of Wisdom
Heart Jewel
Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche from his Faithful Disciples

Prices. The prices for the festival are:
Whole event | R600
Fri. and Sat. | R500
Sat. and Sun. | R550
Sat. only | R400

Donations. If you like to make a donation towards the shrine offerings please click here.



Friday 25th June
Teaching 1 | 7-8.30pm

Saturday 26th June
Guided meditation | 9-10am
Empowerment | 11am-1pm
Teaching 2 | 3-4.30pm
Offering to the Spiritual Guide | 6-8pm

Sunday 27th June
Guided meditation | 9-10am
Teaching 3 | 11am-12.30pm
Teaching 4 | 3-4.30pm
Wishfulfilling Jewel + Tsog | 6-7.15pm

Post SADC Retreat

Join us on Monday 28th June for a short post SADC retreat. The retreat will give us the opportunity to put into practice what we have learned during the Dharma Celebration and to deepen our experience of it. The retreat is guided by Gen Kelsang Namkhyen and is streamed online. (Capetonians can also attend in-person at Tushita KMC).

The retreat costs R80 per session.

Book retreat


Session 1 | 9.30-10.30am
Session 2 | 11.30am-12.30pm