About Us

Wellington Buddhist Centre - Maranga mai ki te Māramatanga is a thriving, diverse and friendly community of practising Buddhists of all ages.

We teach meditation and Buddhism in a way that is relevant and accessible. Though Buddhism is old, it is timeless, and we present ways of living a Buddhist life today. 

Our weekly meditation and Buddhism classes are open to all, tailored to different levels of experience; including regulars and newcomers, with one evening for younger people. All newcomers classes are drop-in and no previous experience is expected.

The WBC aims to provide a pathway from absolute beginner to experienced Buddhist practitioner, through supportive conditions to learn, deepen and refresh your practice of ethics, meditation and wisdom. 

We celebrate Buddhist festival days and run workshops as well as day and weekend retreats.

We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community (https://thebuddhistcentre.com/), a worldwide Buddhist movement in over 20 countries teaching and practicing Buddhism suitable for people, at all levels of commitment, living in the modern world.

The Team

Our team is made up of both ordained members of the Triratna Buddhist Order and regular volunteers.

Achala
Achala
Achalamuni
Achalamuni
Men's Mitra Convenor
Regulars Night Team
Retreat Team
Akashagarbha
Akashagarbha
Council (Treasurer)
Study Leader
Newcomers Night
Amalaratna
Amalaratna
Regulars Night Team
Aryagita
Aryagita
Newcomers Night
Mitra Study Leader
Retreat Team
Asangamati
Asangamati
Study Leader
Chris B
Chris B
Centre Manager
Council (Secretary)
Newcomers Night
Saturday Meditation
David
David
Tai Chi
Dennis
Dennis
Newcomers Night Team
Wednesday Drop-in Meditation
Feodor
Feodor
Young Buddhist Team
Kathleen
Kathleen
Saturday Meditation
Khemayogini
Khemayogini
Woman's Mitra Convenor and Young Buddhist Team
Mettadarini
Mettadarini
Safeguarding Officer
Moksavajra
Moksavajra
Newcomers Night
Prasantacitta
Prasantacitta
Rosie
Rosie
Young Buddhists Team
Saradarshini
Saradarshini
Young Buddhists
Satyadevi
Satyadevi
Wednesday Drop-in Meditation
Shraddhanita
Shraddhanita
Council
Retreat Team
Suryagita
Suryagita
Festivals Organiser
Zuzana
Zuzana
Young Buddhists Team

Visiting Order Members

Jnanadhara

Jnanadhara

President

Jnanadhara is originally from Whangarei and first encountered Buddhism through books while in his mid-teens. After completing a diploma in music, he got involved with Triratna in Wellington in 1996. His desire to deepen his involvement led him to the UK.  From there he moved to Dublin, Ireland where he now lives. He was ordained in 2003.

Varadhi

Varadhi

Australasian Young Buddhist Coordinator

Varadhi is originally from Turkey but has been living in Australia since 2006. She encountered Buddhism in her late 20’s, after completing her PhD in Melbourne. She asked for ordination soon after she got involved with Triratna and was ordained in 2020. Varadhi is passionate about supporting young people in the Dharma Life as well as building a truly international and diverse Triratna community.

Our Values

Safeguarding & Ethics

As an expression of our commitment to the Buddhist precepts, we are committed to ensuring everyone who comes to our centre is safe and those involved in teaching and running the centre always act appropriately and with integrity. To help us achieve this we provide a number of safeguarding and ethical policies explaining our practices.

If you have any concerns about behaviour at the Wellington Buddhist Centre or on retreat with us, please contact our Safeguarding Officer on safeguarding@wellingtonbuddhistcentre.org

Child Protection Code of Behaviour.pdf Retreat Welfare.pdf Five Precepts - Training Principles.pdf Ethical Guidelines (2021).pdf Child Protection Policy (2021).pdf Caring for Teenagers (2021).pdf Safeguarding Adults (2021).pdf
Mettadarini
Mettadarini

Privacy

As an expression of our commitment to the Buddhist precepts of honesty and of not taking the not giving, we are committed to only using the data we hold about the people involved in activities at our centre responsibly, and being clear about the way your information is collected and used. To help us achieve this we provide a privacy policy explaining our practices and the choices you can make.

Wellington Buddhist Centre Privacy Statement.pdf

Our History

Triratna has attracted its fair share of criticism over the past 50 years, much of it valid and useful. There has also been controversy surrounding the past sexual activity of our founder, the late Urgyen Sangharakshita, and others in the United Kingdom. Sangharakshita has made a statement of apology about his past actions.

Nowadays we are very clear that sexual relationships should not occur between teachers and students. We have introduced a number of measures, including Safeguarding policies to protect those who use our centres. Internationally, a great deal of effort has gone into an independent restorative process.

In Wellington, we are not aware of any allegations of abuse or coercion made against people at our centre. We take the safety and well-being of visitors and community members very seriously. We would have no hesitation in notifying police if we felt anything potentially criminal had occurred.

If you have any concerns about behaviour at the Wellington Buddhist Centre or on retreat with us, please contact our Safeguarding Officer on safeguarding@wellingtonbuddhistcentre.org

 

For more information about our history and the ongoing restorative process please go to:

Frequently Asked Questions: https://thebuddhistcentre.com/controversy

More on Controversy and Triratna: https://thebuddhistcentre.com/search/node/controversy

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