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Kyabje Lama Zopa RinpocheWelcome to Chandrakirti Meditation Centre

Chandrakirti Meditation Centre is a 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".


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"Inspiration" 2020 Calendar

Our beautiful “Inspiration” calendars are ready for purchase. All photos have been taken at our amazing Chandrakirti Centre. Help us to help others and purchase your fundraising calendars today.


Still time to send overseas for presents and you can help us with our fundraising by helping us to sell them as well.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order calendars.

calendar 2020

The calendar is full of inspirational quotes from Lama Zopa Rinpoche with links to further teachings.

A little bigger than last year but just as beautiful and half the price at $10 each.


Click above to buy now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place your order now!


Volunteer Librarian Opportunity


Do you have a love of books, and perhaps secretly wished you could be a librarian? 

Our Centre needs a volunteer librarian to help our community have access to our collection of books. It’s a very part time position, some of which can be done from home, so needs someone self-motivated to love and care for the books. Our collection is now in an online database, so you’ll need to be comfortable with computers to be able to catalog new books, track overdue books, return and re-shelve books, and help new patrons learn how to use the self-checkout system. A knowledge of Buddhism is helpful, but you’ll also learn a lot by working with the collection -- and probably check out books yourself regularly!

We’d like someone to start by 1 November so the current librarian, Sarah, can do training with you before she leaves.

Would you like to apply? Send an email now to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here’s a link to our catalog online:");


Wish Fulfilling Land

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A meditation retreat sanctuary

Wish Fulfilling Land is a place to retreat, develop calm abiding and realisations on the path to enlightenment. 

Wish Fulfilling Land is one of Lama Zopa vast visions and we are all here to help fulfill that vision in whatever way we can.

Gaining Lam Rim realizations is our goal!

To do this we need a conducive place to meditate and WishFulfilling Land is perfect.

The best auspicious day for Donating and creating merit is this Sunday August 4th, anniversary of first teaching given by Buddha on the Four Noble Truths

We have currently raised $41 000 towards our $315,000 loan repayment on Wishfulfilling Land which leaves $274 000 to find before November

Take advantage of this great opportunity to create enormous benefit for yourself, the center and all beings

Donation avenues 


Bank transfer 03 0751 0098678 00

Pledge a future donation

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 Our Mission

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. 



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 Click: Upcoming Events to know more about our Study Programme and Events