You are welcome to join us

Everyone is welcome to join our classes or workshops. No previous experience is required, there is no need to wear special clothing, and most people meditate on chairs (sitting on a cushion is optional).

The way in which we present meditation and Buddhism is accessible to everyone. We offer practical advice as well as methods and techniques that can easily be integrated into daily life. We are here to help you.

All of our activities are run by volunteers, and we are a registered charity. The class and course fees help cover the costs of running the Centre. We also offer some free activities, such as a meditation class on Sundays at 11am in Mt Eden, and chanted prayers (pujas).

What to expect at a class

We provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. When you arrive, a volunteer will register you before the class and direct you to the meditation space. Normally before class some announcements will be made.

Our experienced teachers are male or female, lay or ordained (Buddhist monk or nun). They will begin with an introduction, and guide a breathing meditation to help settle your mind. They will then give a teaching based on the topic of the class, with clear and logical explanations using examples and analogies.

An important characteristic of Modern Buddhism is to present Dharma teachings as personal advice that can be integrated into daily life. The intention of the teachings and guided meditations is to help you develop peaceful, clear and positive states of mind. This will help you develop your own inner wisdom, so that you can solve your daily problems and enjoy a more meaningful life.

Depending on the class, there will be either another guided meditation or a discussion with the opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

Meditation & buddhism classes offer simple, practical methods to improve the quality of our life and develop inner peace. Each class consists of two guided meditations and a teaching to help us solve our daily problems, let go of negative minds and find the lasting happiness we seek.

Each class begins with a simple guided breathing meditation followed by a teaching and a second guided meditation based on the teaching. There is also an opportunity to ask questions.

Simply meditate classes provide an opportunity to learn basic meditations. Each week a meditation is explained and you will be guided through the meditation. These classes are great for anyone who would like to introduce regular meditation to their life and experience the many benefits of having a peaceful mind.

We also hold classes in Takapuna

Our Centre in Mt Eden

Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland is located in the heart of Mt Eden Village, which is easily accessible by car or public transportation. We are in a white villa at 2 Stokes Road, just off Mt Eden Road (behind Frasers, across from Olaf’s Bakery).

At our Centre we have a nice meditation room with a beautiful Buddhist shrine, providing a very soothing atmosphere conducive to meditation and reflection.

We also have a bookshop offering many books on meditation and Buddhist thought, as well as CDs with guided meditations and chanted prayers. We also offer a nice selection of beautiful modern Buddha images, greeting cards and other items. Please visit our bookshop page.

Classes at Other Locations

In order to make our classes more accessible we rent rooms where we can offer weekly meditation classes in other parts of Auckland, and in Tauranga. Please note that our tradition also has centres in Wellington, Christchurch and Palmeston North, as well as more than 1,000 meditations centres and groups in over 50 countries.

We hope to see you at one of our classes soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Not at all. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or are not interested in religiion.
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.
No particular clothing is required.
Whatever feels comfortable.
We make it very easy and comfortable for people coming to our classes for the first time. We do understand that some people may feel awkward, but please be reassured that at our Centre this is not a problem. Some people like to invite a friend or relative, so that they can share their experience after class, and make an outing out of it. We are confident that you are going to find it easy to connect with other attendees.
No. Although sitting on a cushion is an option, most people use chairs. To practice meditation, the most important aspect of your posture is to have a straight back, free from tension.
Nothing in particular, however if you wish to take notes bring a pen and notepad.
Most weekly meditation classes last 90 minutes and cost $15. Our half-day workshops cost $30. Day courses, including lunch, cost $60. We offer a monthly pass called “Friend of the Centre” for $95 per month. As a non-profit organisation, all class fees and donations help cover the costs of running the Centre.
Yes, we offer chanted prayers (pujas) which are very beautiful practices that bless our mind. These are all free of charge, but donations to help the Centre welcome.
Yes, indeed! We have a good selection of books and CDs that we recommend to make it easier for you to practice meditation on your own, and to increase your inner wisdom. When you come to class, please enquire about the supporting materials we recommend for beginners.
Yes, you are very welcome to become as integrated as you feel comfortable. For example, after class, we often have an opportunity to sit and chat over tea. Because we are a volunteer run organisation, we depend on people’s kindness to help with the running of the Centre. This means that helping as a volunteer is an easy way to become more integrated with the community and make friends. The most important thing is that you take your time to become more involved at your own pace, making sure that it is comfortable to you.