Wellington Buddhist Centre is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Community. It was founded in 1976 by Achala, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order. It has been located in various parts of Wellington until moving into its present premises in Broomhedge Street in 2013.
At the Centre we teach meditation, study the Buddha’s teaching together, engage with the Arts, support each other through life, and engage in our local communities. We also promote projects in which Buddhists can live and work together, and explore how to turn our work into a spiritual practice.
There is no expectation that people attending the Centre will be Buddhists, nor that they will agree with Buddhist teachings. Classes are an opportunity to learn and test out Buddhist practices in the light of one’s own experience, and in an atmosphere of friendly, encouraging, open communication.
The Role of Community
Buddhism emphasises the need for a community of kindred spirits to help us along this path — without the support and inspiration of like-minded people, it is almost impossible to make much progress. So at Wellington Buddhist Centre one of our aims is to create a spiritual community that helps us all fulfill our spiritual potential. In a world of increasing cynicism and individualism, many people feel a deep need for such an environment.