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with Alan Muller

Please join us this Lunar New Year weekend to reconnect with practice, lineage, and old and new Dharma friends. The benefits and merits of practicing together with fellow travelers on the path are immeasurable. Alan will tell us stories, give us practical advice, and guided meditations. There will be time for walks, chats, and your own practice.

“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.” – Yogi Milarepa

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche has advised us to practice the first two special foundational practices of Refuge and Bodhicitta, and Dorje Sempa.
“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.
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. Please don’t let a lack of finances prevent you from coming – email us at retreat@tararokpacentre.co.za for options.

  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 user-friendly link.

A 50% deposit will secure your choice of accommodation.


“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