About the Centre

house at CKC winterChandrakirti Meditation Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist study and meditation centre, situated on a beautiful 5 acre property in the rolling hills of the Nelson Countryside. The Centre is affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a world-wide network of over 159 centres, projects and services under the spiritual guidance of renowned Tibetan master, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Inspired by the visits to Nelson of Kyabje Lama Zopa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the centre aims to promote the wisdom, compassion and love that is at the core of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice.

The Centre is fortunate to have a resident teacher, Lharampa Geshe Jampa Tharchin, who has completed the Sera Je Lharampa Geshe degree PHD in South India and to host renowned Buddhist teachers from around the world. The Centre provides a peaceful harmonious environment that can help many people to overcome suffering and achieve wisdom and happiness in their lives.

The centre is named after the great Indian scholar Chandrakirti, a student of Nagarjuna's and Nalanda University's most famous Abbot. In the 6th century Chandrakirti wrote the Madhyamakavatara, "The Entrance Into the Middle Way" a root text for the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism. Chandrakirti means famous moon.


Read about Chandrakirti's history.


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