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.

Upcoming events (5+)

The Buddhist View - Exploring with Keith Rowan.

Nelson Buddhist Centre

A range of talks to help reveal the Buddhist view of reality. 6.45 pm every Wednesday (after the 6.00 pm evening meditation session.) Buddhist teachings can be a great help with all kinds of issues. The Buddhist view often casts new light on familiar situations that might trouble or perplex us. Every Wednesday throughout the year, following the 6 pm. meditation session 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 solve real-world, modern-day problems, so that we may reduce our suffering, and benefit from a better experience of life. You are also invited to join us from 6 - 6.40 pm for a silent meditation session (optional). Everything is free (though any donations to support the centre are gratefully received should you feel inspired to give). NB: There are no rituals, teachings are non-religious and people of all faiths are welcome. ALSO: Every month there will be a talk on a specific subject. These talks will be announced separately. About Keith Rowan: Keith has, since 1973, travelled 5 continents studying Buddhist thought and practice. He has been privileged to have had instruction and direct guidance from many great Buddhist teachers particularly his main teachers Namgyal Rinpoche and Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche. He has been sharing the Dharma 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 - The Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Nelson Buddhist Centre

The subject for examination for our next cycle of study groups is "The Jewel Ornament of Liberation", a masterwork of Tibetan Buddhism by the 12th. century teacher Gampopa. This book provides the complete foundation for study and practice—from beginning to Buddhahood. It includes teachings on Buddha-nature, finding the spiritual master, impermanence, karma, cultivation of bodhicitta, development of the six perfections, the ten bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood, and the activities of the Buddha. It has been said that anyone who knows the "Jewel Ornament" well can say they really understand Buddhism. Previous study groups have attracted people of differing ages and backgrounds with different levels of familiarity with Buddhist philosophy. We anticipate this coming group to be no different. Our lively discussions tend to range widely (and sometimes wildly) prompted by the topic of the day. Ebook or pdf copies of the text will be made available to all group members Anyone is very welcome to attend even if only to put a toe in the water. Cost: Free

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

A range of talks to help reveal the Buddhist view of reality. 6.45 pm every Wednesday (after the 6.00 pm evening meditation session.) Buddhist teachings can be a great help with all kinds of issues. The Buddhist view often casts new light on familiar situations that might trouble or perplex us. Every Wednesday throughout the year, following the 6 pm. meditation session 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 solve real-world, modern-day problems, so that we may reduce our suffering, and benefit from a better experience of life. You are also invited to join us from 6 - 6.40 pm for a silent meditation session (optional). Everything is free (though any donations to support the centre are gratefully received should you feel inspired to give). NB: There are no rituals, teachings are non-religious and people of all faiths are welcome. ALSO: Every month there will be a talk on a specific subject. These talks will be announced separately. About Keith Rowan: Keith has, since 1973, travelled 5 continents studying Buddhist thought and practice. He has been privileged to have had instruction and direct guidance from many great Buddhist teachers particularly his main teachers Namgyal Rinpoche and Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche. He has been sharing the Dharma 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.

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Free Meditation and Mindfulness Training

Nelson Buddhist Centre

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