Free Drop-in Meditation Sessions and Instruction


Six Days of Open Meditation


Monday 7th  to Saturday 12th October inclusively.


The Nelson Buddhist Centre will open its doors throughout the days to allow anyone to enjoy the calm surroundings of the meditation hall and practice according to whatever tradition and technique you are accustomed. In addition, there will be three free lunchtime meditation instruction classes.
You are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as suits you. There is no cost though any contributions to support the centre are always appreciated. These silent meditation sessions are a excellent chance to further your experience of meditation.

Daily Schedule:
Two Morning Sessions
9.30 am. To 10.30 am & 11.00 am to 12.00 pm
Two afternoon sessions
2.00 pm to 3.00 pm & 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm


Meditation Instruction

Monday 12.15 pm to 1.00 pm “Mindfulness”
Tuesday 12.15 pm to 1.00 pm “Peace”
Thursday 12.15 pm to 1.00 pm “Opening the Heart”

Keith Rowan will present these classes. Keith has over 20 years experience explaining meditation methods and Buddhist philosophy and has had a lifetime of study of the teachings of the Buddha.



Sunday Study and Practice Group

Practice starts 10.15 am., Study Group at 11.30 am. every Sunday at the Nelson Buddhist Centre

Every Sunday there is an in-depth group exploration into the meaning of significant Buddhist teachings. The Sunday group has been operating for many months and participants have found it useful and enjoyable and so are keen for it to continue. Recently the group completed a cycle of study so now is a good time for newcomers who might like to take part to join in.

The current group consists of people from a wide range of backgrounds, not all Buddhist. All are most welcome.


The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas

by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

A pithy set of mind training instructions which presents an entire view of the path of a bodhisattva, someone whose aim is to be of benefit to all sentient beings. If you want to know what the Buddhist path is, this is a complete description. It will doubtless provoke much thought and discussion.


Sunday Practice Session

10.15 - 11.30 am every Sunday

 Each week, prior to the study group, there is a practice session based on the Rigdzin Practice Book which includes meditations on Manjusri (for clarity from confusion) and Vajrasattva (for purification of negative thoughts and actions.) It concludes with a short reading of the King of Prayers - Samantabhadra's Prayer for Excellent Conduct, an inspirational practice which invokes the highest aspirations of the human spirit.

You are welcome to attend either the practice session and/or the study group.

Cost: Donation at the door. Free to members.



For several years there have been concerted efforts to buy a property to house the Nelson Buddhist Centre and some managerial staff. This move would end the NBC's uncertain tenure at Nile Street and create a centre that could be available and operate throughout the day. Many properties have been considered but nothing has quite met the requirements.

The main criterion is that the Centre is located close to Nelson central. The vision is to form a community facility, a place where the Buddha's teaching can be made accessible in an urban setting presented in traditional and contemporary ways.

We now have a sub-committee of enthusiastic volunteers who will be actively searching for a suitable property to buy or lease.