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13 April 2015

dharma byte

loving kindness,
which is freedom of heart,
it glows, it shines, it blazes forth

Sitting together at Shantikula

The Buddha's teachings are being appreciated and emulated, as philosophy or lifestyle, by many people worldwide.

Shrine candle at Shantikula South Africa

Buddhism's transformative path is not a psychological tool, nor a magical wand to change things. It is a practice uniquely explored by each person as they engage with the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Aloe from our garden

At Shantikula, and within Triratna, we aspire to follow-, to practice- and to realise the Buddha's path of transformation.

Shantikula Buddha

Do come and visit Shantikula if you are interested in Buddhism or meditation, or have any queries, or even just come and see our space.

Shantikula in Johannesburg is part of the international Triratna Buddhist Community. Triratna is a network of engaged practitioners, many of whom create or facilitate spaces for sharing the Three Jewels of Buddhism. Sangarakshita’s vision, encouraged and guided by his teachers, of an engaged Buddhist practice that is current and realistic, has created relevant frameworks for the practice of Dharma today.

The shrine room at Shantilkula meditation centre in Johannesburg
The  African-based Buddha rupa in the shrine room at Shantikula, Johannesburg

Buddhist meditation classes, Dharma study, various Buddhist meditation courses (both introductory and more advanced), day retreats, devotional practice and more are part of our monthly offerings at Shantikula. Hearing, discussing and sharing the teachings of the Buddha as community or Sangha is what grows individual understanding and practical wisdom, that resonates strongly in a constantly changing world.

upcoming events|retreats

04 May 2015


Dear Sangha

Shantikula is now 9 years old. It evolved as a shared vision of a group of individuals. The intention was to provide a small sanctuary in Johannesburg to practice Buddhist meditation and share the Dharma. This happened in the context of people involved with and ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order.

It has been a wonderful time, notwithstanding trials and tribulations and death. Some people have benefitted from the presence of Shantikula, and grown in their personal spiritual life.

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