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Every Sunday 10.00am – 11.30am
Resumes on 11th August  after the Teaching Tour  (see details below on Wellington, West Coast / Southern Tour)
With Geshe Jampa Tharchin

A very popular public teaching followed by a delicious vegetarian lunch at the Centre. The meditation class covers methods to calm the mind and is suitable for everybody interested in meditation and improving their mind. The class includes breathing meditation techniques and discussion on how we can improve our experiences of daily life, our inner happiness and relationships.

Family friendly - special children’s program (ages 5+) during the teaching and meditation.

Everyone welcome. By donation.  

Just drop in!





Basic Program Studies


Middle Length Lam-Rim 

With Geshe Jampa Tharchin

We resume on Monday 7pm - 8.30pm 12th August continuing the module Stages of the Path. It is not too late to sign up now!

Discussion will resume 6pm - 7pm 19th August

Chandrakirti will continue to offer the Basic Program - our ongoing 5 year study program designed by the Spiritual Director of Chandrakirti Centre, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It offers a balanced approach, combining academic training and meditation practice. 

For more information and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's vision for the Basic Program click here.

The Basic Program is especially suitable for students wishing to study in-depth some of Tibetan Buddhisms most treasured texts. We will be continuing to study Stages of the Path to enlightenment. Using the famous text Middle Length Lam Rim by Lama Tsongkhapa. 

We will be studying 7pm -8.30pm Monday evenings, with discussion from 6-7pm. The module will include homework, final exam, practice weekends. Students can complete one or more modules at our centre and the others at other FPMT centres which offer the Basic Program. To get the requirements of formal certification for the course and register, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also have openings for work/study volunteers wishing to offer service and study in-depth. If you or anyone you know is interested to live at Chandrakirti and complete the Basic Program get in touch today!

Register Now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more

The Key to Buddhism


With Geshe Jampa Tharchin 

Every Wednesday 7pm - 8.30pm
14th August - 11th December

Would you like to deepen your knowledge of Buddhism? Would you like to see how Buddhist ideas can help you to better understand your life and practically help you to thrive in the modern world?

Based on the 12 links of Dependent Origination Geshe-la shares the authentic teachings and meditations on karma, causes and conditions, interconnectedness, Buddhist biology, and reincarnation.

Join the balanced academic and friendly class. Everyone welcome - especially those new to Buddhism or looking to enhance their understanding of foundational topics. 

Online study options available.

Register Now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Retreats and Teachings

Death & Living a Meaningful Life13

With Geshe Jampa Tharchin

26th October - 28th October - Labour Weekend

Join Geshe-la to discover the Buddhist perspective on death, and how techniques from this authentic teaching can help us to live our best life, as well as to care for others in difficult times.

Investment $180 for the weekend - includes course fee and vegetarian lunch.

Everyone welcome.

Register Now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ph 035432021  

  Healing Disturbing Emotions - 7 Day Meditation & Yoga Retreat

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With Visiting Teacher Venerable Lobsang Namgyel

Thursday 14 November - Wednesday 20 November 2019

Join us for this 7 day residential retreat at the peaceful retreat setting of Chandrakirti Meditation Centre.

The retreat includes teachings on authentic Buddhist principles, guided healing meditations, twice daily yoga, and facilitated discussions. Outside of discussion times, we will keep noble silence.

The retreat is suitable for those new to Buddhism and Yoga, as well as more advanced practitioners.

The investment for the 7 day retreat is $500 which includes healthy vegetarian meals and drinks.

Venerable Losang Namgyel, an Australian Tibetan Buddhist monk, has been living in India and Nepal and studying and teaching Buddhism for more than 30 years.

Venerable had the honour of being the tutor to Lama Osel Rinpoche. Read more about Venerable here:

Register Now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ph 035432021    

  Brightening your Inner Clarity

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Mindfulness Meditation & Yoga Retreat

with special visiting teacher Venerable Khadro & yoga teacher Jen

30 November - 1 December 2019

Learn, embrace or deepen the gentle, yet powerful and practical skill of being mindful.

The meditations will be guided and focused mainly on the breath, gradually moving to being mindful of mental activity, and moving even subtler inwardly to being mindful of awareness itself. Learn also how to focus on mindfulness of motivations, and how to transform them into being compassionate and wise. It will include full days in silence. This retreat will support developing a regular meditation practice.

Through yoga, explore how meditative movement balances the energy in the body and mind.  Use movement to experience a more expansive, calm, and clear mind, which in turn deepens our meditative experience and helps us to uncover our inner clarity.

The retreat is suitable for everyone, beginners and advanced practitioners. Come exactly as you are.

$150 for the weekend, includes meditation, yoga, and healthy vegetarian food.

Accomodation options available.

Register Now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ph 035432021  


Summer Retreats 202022

Mindfulness of Loving Kindness

Atisha’s Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland

10th—17th January

Geshe-la will lead us in meditation and contemplation on compassion and right living. Based on the famous text Atisha’s Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland. Geshe-la will share the secrets of developing a good heart and creating the causes for real happiness. Allowing us to overcome anxiety, develop genuine love and relationships, and find deeper meaning and contentment in life. 

Explanation of the Four Secret Mindfulness

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24th January—4th February

A deep explanation of the nature of reality and the way we perceive things, with insightful meditation. Geshe-la will teach the four Mindfulness of Emptiness. Personal reflection will be encouraged to help gain experiential understanding of the way things exist. Interpreted from Tibetan to English by Losang Dawa.

All course materials and vegetarian meals are provided and included in the facility fee of $420 for the 7 day retreat, and $600 for the 10 day retreat. Accommodation is a separate cost and can be arranged with the centre, camping is available. The retreats will have periods of silence with no devices, to allow us to deepen our understanding and practice. 

Register Now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



  I would rather swim in a shark invested ocean than learn to meditation

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with Visiting Teacher Venerable Lobsang Namgyel

at Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson

7pm - 8:30pm Thursday 31 October

Many people have tried to meditate and felt dissatisfied with the results. Some even have strong aversion.  Let's put our negative experiences to one side and start again with the help of an accomplished meditation teacher.  Two types of meditation, analytical and mindfulness will be discussed and practiced.

Venerable Namgyel is known for teaching difficult subjects in a humorous but authentic way. He has been teaching for over 30 years and is a student of the Dalai Lama.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity.

Everyone warmly welcome - by donation.

Just drop in or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ph 035432021


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With Geshe Jampa Tharchin


Mind & Brain - Thursday 26 September 6.30pm - 8pm

Fairfield house, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson



Transforming Problems into Happiness Friday 18th October 6.30pm - 8pm

Facing Challenges in your Daily Life Saturday 19th October 10am - 11.30am

Alzheimer's rooms, 8 Wither Road, Blenheim


Golden Bay

How to Become a Great Meditator Saturday 28th September 9.30am - 12pm

Transforming Problems into Happiness Saturday 9th November 9.30am - 12pm

The Sandcastle 32 Haile Lane, Pohara 7183


Everyone welcome. All talks by donation / koha!

Just drop in! Email meditate@chandrakirti or phone 035432021

Community Events

Prayers for Peace - Interfaith EventBook of Joy Option 2

5:30pm - 6:30pm Thursday 17 October

Join us as we gather together with the various faiths in Nelson to pray for universal peace.

Followed by chai and finger food.

Everyone warmly welcome :)







 Animal Blessings Day13

With Geshe Jampa Tharchin

4pm 20 October 2019

Bring your pets to the doggy back beach at Tahunanui to receive a special animal blessing.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche says: "If you love your animal very much then this is what you must do for them for their good rebirth and quick liberation from samsara".

See you on the beach! 

Everyone warmly welcome :)

  Special Practice Days

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Wish Fulfilling Land Walk & Prayers

Tuesday 15 October (leaving Chandrakirti at 9:30am)

Guru puja with Tsog

Tuesday 8 October 7pm

Thursday 7 November 7pm

Tuesday 19 November 7pm

 Guru Puja with Tsog SI

Wednesday 23 October (SI) 7am*

*Only for those with Self Initiation Empowerment

 Tara Puja

Thursday 10 October 7pm

Monday 4 November 10am

Wednesday 4 December 10am

 Medicine Buddha Puja

Sunday 6 October 7pm

Tuesday 12 November 7pm

Thursday 12 December 7pm

 Sutra Reading

Thursday 24 October 4-5pm


Yoga & Healing 


  Reiki for Self Healing & Reiki Level 2


with Visiting Teacher Venerable Lobsang Namgyel

at Chandrakirti Community Centre

Reiki Level 2: Monday 4 November - Tuesday 5 November

Reiki for Self-Healing: Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 November

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a form of therapy that uses simple hands-on and visualization techniques, with the goal of improving the flow of life energy in a person. Reiki claims to provide many of the same benefits as traditional massage therapy, such as reducing stress, stimulating the immune system, increasing energy, and relieving the pain and symptoms of health conditions. Practitioners have reported success in helping patients with acute and chronic illnesses, from asthma and arthritis to trauma and recovery from surgery. Reiki can been used by doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to bring touch and deeper caring into their healing practices.

Why a Tibetan Monk?

Reiki was re-discovered in the late 1800’s by a  Japanese Buddhist monk named Mikao Usui. This lineage was passed down over the years and received by Venerable Namgyel, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who has been teaching Reiki for 25 years. He brings together his practice of Buddhism with the practice of Reiki, wanting to help and benefit others.


Reiki for Self Healing $200 Early bird $175

Reiki Level 2 $450 Early bird $400


 Learn to give Reiki treatments and receive attunement from a Reiki Master of 25 years

Reiki Manual for future reference

Signed Reiki Certificate upon completion

Accommodation and lunch options available—all warmly welcome!

Register Now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ph 035432021  


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With Phillipa Rutherford

10am - 4pm Saturday 2 November

Come and learn from experienced Herablist Phillipa. Learn about edible wild foods and medicines. Discover the benefits of healing herbs growing in your garden. 

Everyone welcome.

This event has sold out in the past, and limited to 12 people. So please do register and pay to secure your spot.

Investment $60 includes delicious vegetarian lunch and herbal teas.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 035432021 to register now!


  Weekly Hatha Yoga   Sue Ransom Yoga web

With Sue Ransom
Thursday evenings:  6.00pm -7.15pm
Community Events Building, Chandrakirti Meditation Centre

Join Sue for midweek yoga Thursday evening sessions 6 till 7.15pm to release and relax into your evening. Sue's classes include asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), and relaxation, and have a meditative quality. All levels welcome as Sue gives alternatives throughout the sessions, sessions are small and friendly. Sue has practiced yoga for over thirty years, has an International Yoga Teachers' Association Teaching Diploma, and looks forward to welcoming you. Find her on Facebook at Sue Ransom Yoga.

Cost: $12 per lesson, cash at the door. 

Just drop in or contact Sue to book now 027 3912431 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



  Sound Healing with Tibetan Singing Bowls   Caybin

With Caybin Sturgess
7pm - 8:30pm Friday 25 October
Community Events Building, Chandrakirti Meditation Centre

Unwind from your work week and start the weekend right, feeling more energized refreshed and revitalized. We will a journey through sound and breath work in dynamic meditation to release the tension from the work week.

Through sound healing we connect to  various sound vibrations to re-calibrate, realign and refocus our body, heart and mind to aid in deeper relaxation and release of unwanted tension. Using the Tibetan method of sound healing with Singing Bowls, breath and concentration. All you need to do is come along, lay back and allow the sounds to wash over you and guide you back into the present moment.

Investment $15

Register Now or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ph 035432021