In the Community
Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Centre was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 2007 with the purpose of helping people in and around Cape Town discover inner peace and happiness through the practice of meditation. Whether you are attending one of the Centre’s many programmes or relaxing here with friends, we offer a friendly and accessible environment for all who wish to learn about the Buddhist way of life.
There are over 1,000 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups around the world, with thousands of people now practicing Kadampa Buddhism under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The worldwide Kadampa community is like a global spiritual family because it offers us support and encouragement in our spiritual practice. It is very difficult to make spiritual progress without such help.
Kadampa practitioners are extremely diverse. There are people from all conceivable walks of life, professions and religious backgrounds. People of all ages mix easily at the different classes, centres and festivals. Many young people are attracted to this tradition because it makes Buddha's teachings so relevant to their lives. Within the Kadampa community there are over 600 monks and nuns. Those who have chosen to take ordination within the Kadampa tradition choose a life of celibacy, purity and simplicity so that they can focus on their spiritual development for the benefit of others.