What we offer
We provide a range of courses from beginner’s meditation and introductory talks to intermediate and advanced philosophical studies. Teachings are complemented by regular group practice sessions, solo retreats and social activities.
We have a serene and beautiful meditation hall, open to anyone who would like to come and meditate or sit quietly in reflection. We also offer a peaceful environment with a Long Life Stupa, a Yeshe Pagoda for fire pujas, a big Buddha statue, beautiful gardens, a small shop, library and a community of practitioners.
Buddhism offers a rich array of methods for overcoming disturbing emotions, promoting health and healing and leading a life of contentment and simplicity. We also offer simple rooms for people who would like to live & study with us in a short time basis.
Buddhist Teachings, Meditation and Retreats
Resident teacher Lharampa Geshe Jampa Tharchin teaches on Monday evenings at 7pm a Lam Rim - Graduated Path to Enlightenment Course. Thursday evenings at 7pm Geshe-la teaches the FPMT Basic Studies topics. Sunday mornings at 10am Geshe Tharchin teaches meditation and we offer a complementary lunch to all who attend. Sundays is a great time to come and meet Geshe-la and all at Chandrakirti Centre, as well as enjoy delicious vegetarian food.We also offer weekend courses and retreats.
All teachings can be downloaded through this website: Listen to teachings.
For more information about our study programme and events please go to: Upcoming Events.
Free Public Library
Chandrakirti Meditation Centre offers a public library with an extensive collection of books on Buddhism, Tibet, and related subjects. Local residents and guests of the centre can join for free and use the collection to enhance their study and practice of mindfulness, meditation, compassion and wisdom based on the teachings of Buddhism.
The entire library can be browsed online. Click here to view
Spiritual Mentoring and Guidance
At Chandrakirti Centre we offer our experience, our open hearts and our loving ears to support people seeking mentoring and guidance. Please contact us with any of your inquiries. Consultations with our resident teacher Geshe Tharchin can be booked by appointment.
Meditation and Teachings in Blenheim, Golden Bay, Ruby Bay, Wellington, Nelson & Hamilton
Baby Blessings and Funerals
We offer our centre as a place of celebration of life and death. Geshe Tharchin gives baby blessings and performs prayers for funerals at Chandrakirti Centre or elsewhere.
Outings and Tours for Schools, Resthome Organizations and Interfaith Gatherings
We warmly welcome any groups interested to visit our centre.
The outings and tours include introductory talks about our history, holy objects and philosophy, a short talk by our resident teacher Geshe Tharchin in our meditation hall and complementary tea and biscuits.
We also promote harmony between different religions through interfaith gatherings. Geshe Tharchin is also available to visit schools, resthomes and other organizations and give talks about compassion or any topic. Please contact us if you would like to arrange any outings, tours or gatherings Contact form.
We have a wide range of Buddhist and non Buddhist books.
A shop with unique items from Nepal and India such prayer flags, singing bowls, incense, shawls, buddhist books, pictures, meditation rosaries, etc. A great place to get something different for someone special. Our shop and library are open every day from 11am to 5pm.
Pet Blessings and Animal Liberation
Once a year Geshe Jampa Tharchin performs prayers and give blessings to pets, we also liberate animals that would otherwise be killed and release them into their natural habitat. Geshe-la also gives private blessings for sick or near to death animals.
Geshe Tharchin is also happy to come to people's homes and grant blessings, cleansing the energies and creating a harmonious environment in the dwelling.
Geshe Jampa Tharchin can be invited to speak at different events. For Public Talks bookings please use the Contact form