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Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington

Welcome to Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington. The Centre was founded in 1994 by the renowned Buddhist meditation master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The Centre is located in Khandallah, Wellington and provides a peaceful and relaxed environment in which people can discover the benefits of meditation and modern Buddhism for themselves. We hold regular classes and courses in Wellington where anyone can experience the benefits of meditation and deepen their understanding of Buddha’s teachings.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington is also a residential place with five bedrooms. Currently one of them is spare and is being offered for rent, either long-term and short-term. Please click here if you are interested and would like to know more.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington is part of the New Kadampa Tradition—International Kadampa Buddhist Union, a registered UK charity.

“The restorative time I spend at Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington gives me a still point of calm in what often feels like a chaotic frenetic world. The Centre is a wonderful place to find the beauty and simplicity of Buddha’s teachings and a warm friendly welcome from an amazing community of practitioners.”
— Nicki

Resident Teacher

Kelsang Lachpa

Kelsang Lachpa is a Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington. He has been ordained for over twelve years.

Lachpa is an experienced and warm-hearted teacher, inspiring others to find lasting peace and happiness through the practice of meditation and Buddhism. Lachpa is known for his thoughtful insights into Buddha’s teachings and his joyful practical approach to teaching.

Other Teachers

In Wellington

Kelsang Pagma is a Buddhist nun who has been practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for many years, and is well known for her sincerity, gentleness and warmth. Pagma’s teachings are light-hearted yet practical and profound. Pagma is the Administrative Director of Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington.

Rachael Steele is a heartfelt Buddhist practitioner who has been studying Buddha’s teachings and practising meditation for many years. As a mother in a modern busy world she has a skilful way of making meditation accessible and relevant in our everyday lives and is known for her joyful and sincere presentation of Buddha’s teachings.

Jane is an experienced and dedicated Kadampa practitioner and meditator, who teaches with great warmth and sincerity. Her teachings are extremely practical, making it easy for students to apply the instructions in daily life.

Centre Card

Becoming a supporting Centre Card holder is the most economical way to enjoy all our classes, courses, retreats and other events. If you attend classes regularly, your Centre Card will represent substantial saving over paying for individual classes and will provide you with more opportunities to deepen your meditation practice. Your Centre Card is also a wonderful way to support the Centre’s activities throughout the year.


Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington is a registered charity and relies on the income from classes and donations to support it’s activities and facilities. Your generosity will help us to fulfil our vision of spreading Buddha’s timeless wisdom in order to help everyone develop inner peace and harmony in our society. 

You can make a donation of any amount and your kindness and act of giving is greatly appreciated!

Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington is both a non-profit and registered charity. All work done at the Centre is done voluntarily and there are many ways you can support the activities and help us flourish. Volunteering is a fun way to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and get more involved. Volunteering can be undertaken by anyone and can take as little or as much time as you wish. Every little help will be greatly appreciated! 

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Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington has been relocated to Khandallah, in a tranquil and lush location yet close to public transport and parking. Our new address is 2 Ardross Avenue.

Check out our Contact page for directions on how to get to the Centre including public transport.

We are currently looking for a new location for our Centre. There are a multitude of possibilities for what our future Centre will look like and where it will be located, and we would love your guidance to find the solution that best serves the needs and wishes of our community and of Wellington as a whole.

Please take a few minutes to answer 10 simple questions that will help us understand what you expect of our future Centre and let us know if you would like to be involved with making this dream a reality.