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Karma Zangpo will guide us in a weekend of instructions and practice of calm abiding meditation. This meditation is about quieting and stabilizing the mind.

This weekend is open to all, whether starting out on the path of meditation, or a longer-term practitioner.

The reason we practice meditation is to attain happiness. With regard to short-term happiness, we usually mean either physical pleasure or mental pleasure or both of them. But if you look at either of these pleasant experiences, their root has to be a mind that is at peace and free from suffering. As long as your mind is unhappy and devoid of tranquility or peace, no matter how much physical pleasure you experience, your mind will not know true happiness. On the other hand, even if you lack the ideal physical circumstances of wealth and so on, if your mind is at peace you will be happy anyway.

Thrangu Rinpoche, Teachings on the Practice of Meditation


The cost includes all meals and accommodation from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime. Please contact us for concessions – don’t let finances stand in the way of this opportunity.

  Camping (own tent)   R960.00
  Dormitory   R1,160.00
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (sharing, per person):   R1,360.00
  Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (sharing, per person):   R1,560.00
  Single room with shared bathroom (only 3 available):   R1,760.00
  Single-use of twin/double room (if space available), shared   bathroom:   R1,760.00
  Single ensuite room   R1,960.00
  Single-use of ensuite room (if space available):   R1,960.00


Karma Zangpo is a South African Buddhist monk from Port Elizabeth. Zangpo first met Lama Yeshe Rinpoche in Kagyu Samye Dzong Johannesburg in the early 1990s when he was a resident volunteer, helping with building repairs and construction. He spent eight years in retreat on the men’s retreat on Arran, and then went to Sekar Retreat in Nepal for a further six years, to practice and study under Drupon Rinpoche. Zangpo returned from Nepal to Samye Ling in 2021 and has recently returned to live on the Holy Isle on the west coast of Scotland where he is director of Holy Isle and the women’s and men’s retreats.


To Book

Please fill in the online booking form. A 50% deposit will confirm the accommodation of your choice.