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.
Relics of the Buddha and other Masters
Friday 13th March
6 to 8pm – Opening Ceremony
Sat 14th March
10am to 7pm – Public Display
2pm to 3.00 pm – Public Talk: Loving Kindness by Geshe Jampa Tharchin
Sun 15th March
10am to 5pm – Public Display
at 2pm to 3.00 pm – Public Talk: Loving Kindness by Geshe Jampa Tharchin
At Club Italia - 9 Trafalgar Street, Nelson
FREE EVENT – By Donation
This is a rare and unique exhibition of ancient and sacred relics from the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni and of other great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet & China that are touring the world. Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. While some are inspired to pray for world peace and to develop their inner wisdom, others are overcome by emotion as the powerful effects of the relics open their hearts to compassion and loving-kindness. Great event for the whole family.
Is the Brain the Mind?
A Conversation between Professor Richard Faull
and Lharampa Geshe Jampa Tharchin
Western Science meeting Eastern Philosophy
Thursday 26th March - 6.30pm to 8.30pm
At Fairfield House - 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson South
Richard Faull is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland. During his 35 years at the University he has established an international reputation for his research studies on the normal and diseased human brain. His research group has recently shown that, contrary to dogma, stem cells are still present in the adult human brain and have the potential to make new brain cells and repair the brain throughout life. He was awarded: the Liley Medal by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (NZ highest scientific award), the Rutherford Medal, by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Supreme Award in the 2010 World Class NZ Awards and in 2012 he was appointed Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland.
Lharampa Geshe Jampa Tharchin has completed the Sera Je Monastic University Lharampa Geshe Degree - PhD in South India, has a degree from Gyume Tantric College and taught at the Kopan Nunnery in Nepal and is the current resident teacher at Chandrakirti Meditation Centre.
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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