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
Friday 15th May - Consecration of Guru Rinpoche Statue
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.
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Bookings are essential. Book your space early!
Utility Building Progress
Currently we are fundraising for the last $75,000 required to get the building done before Lama Zopa Rinpoche's visit.
The building needs:
Deck Finishing: $5,000
We would highly appreciate your generosity, your contribution big or small will make a huge difference.
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