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with Alan Muller

Atisha’s most celebrated text, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, sets forth the entire Buddhist path within the framework of three levels of motivation on the part of the practitioner.

This retreat will concentrate on the sections of the text which cover meditation and wisdom. Sessions will include guided meditations associated with the text. These will take the form of shinay/calm abiding meditations and meditations which fall under the paramita of wisdom.

We see in Atisha’s text one of the prerequisites for calm abiding meditation is a conducive environment, and Tara Rokpa Centre provides this very important element.

Everyone is welcome to join in this retreat, whether you are familiar with the text or not. Alan will tell stories, guide reflections and meditations so that we can fully absorb the advice of the ancient master Atisha. There will also be time for personal practice, as well as time for relaxation and walks.

People may join in the whole retreat which starts on Wednesday evening or can come for the weekend starting Friday night: 3 – 7 July (full retreat, 4 nights) or 5 – 7 July (weekend option, 2 nights).

“In my opinion, the ‘Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment’ is one of the most representative works of Tibetan Buddhism.”
HH 17th Karmapa.

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 covers accommodation and all meals from either Wednesday evening (4 nights), or Friday evening (2 nights), until lunch on Sunday. It also includes an R60 voluntary environmental fee but excludes dana and staff tips. Please don’t let a lack of finances prevent you from attending – email us at retreat@tararokpacentre.co.za for other options.

  Accommodation Option:   Two Nights   Four Nights
  Camping (own tent)   R900   R1,800
  Dormitory   R1,100   R2,200
  Twin/double room with shared bathroom (per person):   R1,350   R2,700
  Twin/double room with en suite bathroom (per person):   R1,600   R3,000
  Single room with shared bathroom:   R1,800   R3,500
  Single-use of ensuite room (if space available):   R2,000   R3,900

To Book:

Click here to access the user-friendly online booking form.

A 50% nonrefundable, but transferrable deposit will confirm your booking and the accommodation of your choice.