What we're about

Nelson Buddhist Centre offers a special place to study and practice Buddhism right in the heart of Nelson. It is operated by a friendly group of volunteers and anyone, regardless of belief, is most welcome to join in any of the activities that take place.

The centre is decorated according to a particular Tibetan tradition and is worth a visit just to see. However, don't let what might be unfamiliar appearances alarm you! How we are decorated is not what the place is about.

The aim in establishing the centre is to provide a chance for anyone to discover the wonderful teachings, insights and practices that have come down from the time of the Buddha. Once you start to hear about them, you may be surprised to find they are fresh and very relevant to your life.

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Free Meditation and Mindfulness Training

Nelson Buddhist Centre

Discover, learn and benefit from the scientifically proven benefits of meditation and mindfulness…

- Reduce stress levels

- Manage your emotions better

- Improve heart health

- Increase general well-being and happiness

- Improve your memory and your ability to focus

- Gain more clarity in your relationships, business and yourself

- Recommend by doctors, therapists & business leaders

Both meditation and mindfulness practices are non-religious and scientifically proven methods for improving your physical, mental and emotional health. They are also considered essential to success, and a great way to improve productivity by many entrepreneurs and business leaders.

In this ongoing training, you will learn and practice a variety of simple techniques that you can use at home and in your everyday life.

Everyone Welcome - just turn up, no ticket/booking needed.

Note: Although the training is held at the Buddhist centre, the teacher is not Buddhist, and the methods taught are secular.

After the beginners class, we also have a silent sit until 7pm. Beginners are welcome to stay for as little or as much time of this as they want. If you are more advanced, you are welcome to come at 6.15 only for the silent group meditation.

The Buddhist View - Exploring with Keith Rowan.

Nelson Buddhist Centre

Buddhist teachings can be a great help with all kinds of issues. The Buddhist view can cast new light on familiar situations that might interest, puzzle or trouble us.

Every Wednesday throughout the year, following a 6 pm. meditation session (which is optional) there is the opportunity to explore any questions you may have. Buddhism is about the realities of living so anything can be the subject of investigation - understanding Buddhist philosophy, understanding your emotional world, or any current challenges you may be facing. If you don't have any questions you are welcome to join and benefit from the questions and sharing of others.

Buddhism is an extremely practical philosophy. These evenings are designed to help with real-world issues so that we may benefit ourselves and those we meet.

Cost: Free (though any donations to support the centre are gratefully received should you feel inspired to give).

These sessions are now available online through Zoom video conferencing. The link is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88655442909?pwd=N3AzODBaU0ZUT0xxSmxPZng2NXRCdz09

Contact: [masked] for a password to join on Zoom.

Keith Rowan has, since 1973, travelled 5 continents studying Buddhist thought and practice. He has been fortunate to have had instruction and direct guidance from some great Buddhist teachers particularly Namgyal Rinpoche and Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche. He has been sharing Buddhist teachings and facilitating retreats for over 20 years in several countries.
Keith's real skill though is taking the core essence of Buddhism and making it accessible to the western mind and practical for ordinary people.

Sunday Study Group - What Makes You Not a Buddhist

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What Makes You Not as Buddhist

The current series of Sunday study groups is an examination of the central pillars of Buddhist understanding known as the Four Seals. These four point to the basic characteristics of reality as it is. The way things are whether we think that way or not! Though expressed very succinctly as four simple statements, there is a lot for us to explore and unpack. We will use a book “What Makes You Not a Buddhist” by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche to support us and help us relate these points to our lived experience.

The study group has been running for several years now and is a friendly forum for lively debate and thought provoking discussion. New or old, everyone is welcome to take part.

If you cannot come in person, the sessions are streamed live on Zoom and you can interact that way. The zoom link is available from our website. Google Nelson Buddhist Centre.

Also, you can download an e-book version of the book using one of these links on the website.

Please read as much as you can before next week and we’ll take it from there!

All are most welcome.

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 and 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.

Sunday Study Group - Training the Heart and Mind

Nelson Buddhist Centre

Sunday Study Group at Nelson Buddhist Centre

LO JONG The Seven Point Mind Training

The next series of our long running study group starts 18th. April. We will be examining how to train our mind and by mind we Buddhists include the emotions and the heart. The basis of all Buddhist training is to free the mind of all negativity and release its natural, underlying, spontaneous, joyful and compassionate nature. The trainings are broken into 7 sections which are further split into 59 individual slogans which can be used as a basis for contemplation through the week. They could be like inspirational messages on a fridge magnet!
The slogans evoke all aspects of Buddhist philosophy and teaching from the highest view of the nature of reality to guidance on the minutiae of day to day living.

Whether a regular or new to the centre, all are most welcome.

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 and a 21 Tara Practice. It concludes with a 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.

All session are free to attend though you are invited to support the centre’s work by your generous donations.

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Sunday Study Group - What Makes You Not a Buddhist

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