Wellington Buddhist Centre is the hub of a friendly community of practising Buddhists, who meet up regularly to meditate and support each other. The Centre is run by members of the Triratna Buddhist Order, who teach and practise a non-sectarian style of Buddhism, suitable for people living in the contemporary Western world.
We run regular classes for newcomers to Buddhism and meditation, as well as a programme of other classes, events, retreats, festivals and study seminars for those with more experience.
Visitors to the Centre
In March Vessantara and Vijayamala, two very experienced meditators and teachers from the UK, will be visiting our Centre. Vijayamala will lead a question and answer session on meditation on Tuesday 17th February at 7:00pm, while Vessantara will be giving a public talk on Thursday 19th February at 7:00pm. Both of them will be leading a retreat from Friday 20th to Monday 23rd of March.
Vessantara has been an Order member since 1974. He has run Buddhist centres, acted as secretary to Sangharakshita, been Overall Order Convenor, and spent years living in retreat centres. He is the author of several books, including guides to the buddhas, bodhisattvas and tantric deities, and books on breathing meditation and loving kindness meditation. In 2008-2011 he spent over three years in meditation retreat in a wooden circus wagon in France. He has made several very successful visits to Triratna centres in New Zealand before, giving talks and leading retreats. However, this will be his first since 2001, and he is very much looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. He has a website at www.vessantara.net
Vijayamala has been exploring how to keep meditation alive and relevant for more than 30 years. She was ordained in 1992 and worked to set up and run Buddhist right livelihood businesses and communities for many years. For the last 12 years she has been focusing more exclusively on meditation practice. Since coming back from her 3-year retreat 3 years ago, she teaches full time within Triratna. She is very much looking forward to connecting up with the sangha in this part of the world and sharing some very useful practice tools that she has been working with, especially since her long retreat.
Wellington Buddhist Centre is located upstairs at 6-8 Broomhedge Street, Mount Cook, Wellington. There is plenty of parking right outside the centre in the evenings and on weekends. Contact us for more information.