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.
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.