Welcome to Chandrakirti Meditation Centre
Chandrakirti Meditation Centre is a non-residential Tibetan Buddhist centre situated in the rolling hills of the Nelson countryside. Affiliated with FPMT Inc. our goal is to promote the wisdom, compassion and loving-kindness that is the very heart of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice. With this in mind we provide a conducive environment for people to contact, study and deepen their understanding of the Buddhist path.
Chandrakirti Meditation Centre was founded and named in 1999 by our Spiritual Director Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, who is widely recognised as one of the original great teachers who introduced Buddhism to the west. During a visit to the Chandrakirti Centre in May 2002, His Holiness the Dalai Lama consecrated the longlife stupa and named the new meditation temple "Nalanda Hall".
Chandrakirti Meditation Centre is an affiliate of the FPMT and our mission is to support and fulfill the FPMT's mission statement which is:
The FPMT is an organization devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings.
We provide integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility and service. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.
Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche Visit
Saturday 16th May 4-6pm & 7-9pm: Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life Teachings by Shantideva
Sunday 17th May - 7pm: Vajrasattva Initiation and Teachings
Consecration of Guru Rinpoche Statue - date to be announced
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator who for 30 years has overseen the spiritual activities of the extensive worldwide network of centers, projects and services that form the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which he founded with Lama Thubten Yeshe. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the FPMT, and Chandrakirti Meditation Centre is affiliated with.
It is a great honour for Chandrakirti Centre to be hosting our Spiritual Director Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
For detailed information please click on Upcoming Events
Bookings are essential. Book your space early!
Utility Building Progress
Currently we are fundraising for the last $30,000 required to get the building done before Lama Zopa Rinpoche's visit.
The building needs:
$8,000 plumbing - including gas hot water system
$5,000 to finish the deck and roof
$4,000 electrical fit out
$10,000 drainlayer and sewage system
$2,000 sundry shower fittings and basins
$2,000 concrete around the building
We would highly appreciate your generosity, your contribution big or small will make a huge difference.
Our most popular class:
10am to 11.30am
Every Sunday with Geshe Jampa Tharchin
A very popular public teaching followed by a delicious vegetarian lunch at the centre.
Everyone welcome – by donation.
Monday Evenings Basic Buddhism
7pm to 8.30pm
Topic: LAM RIM – Graduated Path to Enlightenment
Every Monday with Geshe Jampa Tharchin
Geshe Tharchin is teaching a modern and systematic presentation of Buddhist philosophy. We are following the text by Pabongka Rinpoche “Liberation in the Palm of your Hand”. This is a class for those who would like to understand the Buddhist path more thoroughly and is open to beginners and experienced people alike. $10 per class. All welcome.
Thursday Evening Basic Studies
7pm to 8.30pm
Topic: A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
Every Thursday with Geshe Jampa Tharchin
We are following the Basic Studies programme implemented in many FPMT centres around the world, allowing students to follow a more structured course of study including all the major subjects in Buddhist philosophy. The “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” by Shantideva combines rare qualities of scholastic precision, spiritual depth and poetical beauty. The class is suitable for everyone, those with a general interest and the more experienced alike.
$10 per class. All welcome.
Click: Upcoming Events to know more about our study programme and events
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