How a Buddhist monk and meditation are helping kids in Khayelitsha

A Buddhist monk is using meditation to help kids in Khayelitsha.


What is a Buddhist Monk, especially a Buddhist Monk from the UK doing giving meditation classes in an African township? He is bringing hope and sharing a message to the youth of Khayelitsha, helping them find ways of solving their own problems through the art of mediation.

Gen Kelsang Pagpa is the National Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa Tradition in South Africa. He is also the Resident Teacher of Tushita Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cape Town and gives meditation classes, half-day courses, day and away retreats throughout the year. Gen Pagpa was ordained in 1996 by his Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

“His heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. He shows the joy of living a spiritual life, and is an inspiring example of Buddhism in practice. Through his clear presentation, he is able to help student discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.”

Gen Kelsang Pagpa has been giving meditation classes at COSAT high school, Khayelitsha since 2013. COSAT’s motto is ‘No excuses, only success’ and this is exemplified by their high standards – the school is one of the top performing schools in the province and is attended by children from the Khayelitsha area.


“After the retreat last year I remember having a feeling that everything was ‘golden’. I felt a sense of love for everyone and everything in a way that I had never experienced before.” Aviwe, aged 15.

“If we have inner peace then we realize that there are things we thought we couldn’t do because we did not discover our pure selves. Inner peace helps us to define ourselves and be a great example to others.” Alulutho, aged 15.

“Through meditation about patience, endurance, showing kindness without expecting anything in return; and also how to attain inner peace I have learned how to actually be truly happy.” Sinalo. aged 15.

Watch the video below:

Sources: GTG
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