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Please join us for a full moon weekend to reconnect with practice, lineage, and old Dharma friends. The benefits and merits of practicing on moon days are immeasurable.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche has advised us to practice the first two special foundational practices of Refuge and Bodhicitta, and Dorje Sempa. Included will be talks,  meditation sessions, Green Tara and Chenrezig prayers.
“If your mind is engaging either in the mantra or visualization then you will have the fruition. It’s not about numbers, it’s about how you involve body, speech and mind.”
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.

The Kagyu Forefathers – the Householder, the Yogi, and the Monk

Marpa the Translator was a highly realised householder with 9 wives and 9 children. He travelled on foot over the Himalayas 3 times to receive teachings in India from his Guru Naropa. He brought back many tantras to Tibet and translated them, and instructed his disciples, the main one being Milarepa.
Milarepa was is Tibet’s most famous yogi. As a youth he practised black magic and killed many enemies of his family. Later, feeling remorseful, he met his Guru Marpa and underwent great hardships, wearing only a simple cotton cloth and sustaining himself on nettles while meditating in high mountain caves, with such fierce determination that he gained the supreme accomplishment within that very lifetime. He gave secret mantra vehicle instructions to his disciples, and composed many songs of realisation. His main disciple was Gampopa.

Gampopa was a doctor who became ordained at the age of 26 after his two children and wife died in an epidemic. After studying and practising the Kadampa teachings, at the age of 32 he met Jetsün Milarepa, from whom he received the Mahamudra transmission lineage. Gampopa unified the monastic and yogic traditions to become what is known today as the Karma Kagyu lineage. One of his main disciples was Dusum Khyenpo, the 1st Karmapa.

If you would like to share your memories of the Kagyu Rinpoches, Lamas and teachers’ visits over the years to South Africa, please bring a couple of your printed photos to place on the display boards.

Your Facilitator

The retreat will be led by Alan Muller who took refuge in 1997 with Akong Rinpoche. In 2003, he completed a one-year closed retreat under the guidance of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. During this period, he took novice monk’s vows. Alan remained a novice monk for six years and now presents courses and retreats as a layperson. He has formed Ngondro groups since 2004 around Southern Africa.


The cost includes meals and accommodation but excludes dana and staff tips.

  Camping (own tent)   R800
  Dormitory   R1000
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per   person):   R1300
   Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per   person):   R1500
  Single room with shared bathroom (only 3   available):   R1700
  Single-use of ensuite room (if space available):   R1900



To book, click on this link.  A 50% deposit will secure your choice of accommodation. This is not refundable but is transferable to another TRC retreat within a year.


“I have to report on the most awesome dharma talk I attended today. Alan talked on How to practise meditation more effectively. I have always known he is, probably our foremost South African Bodhisattva and have noticed how the advice he gives is increasingly deeply wise and compassionate.
His talk blew me away! I was totally transfixed the entire talk.. He covered pivotal advice of great masters and then drew it all together showing how it all applied in our daily lives. The talk was easy to follow and also very dense. It could have served as the outline for a longer retreat. The content was superb and the structure of the talk equally superb and aimed to get us to really understand what he was teaching us.
I think he is a teacher who can guide us magnificently. We lament that we don’t have teachers. But we have Alan, right here. He is gentle and humorous in his presentation and does not go for big drama. I appreciate this and I’m sure other people will do so.
I am so so excited and serious. I believe Alan is the teacher (or one of them) that we are looking for.
Maxine Fine