About Us


Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre was founded in Palmerston North and surrounding districts in 2004 by the renowned Buddhist meditation master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

The Centre 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 Palmerston North where anyone can experience the benefits of meditation and deepen their understanding of Buddha’s teachings.

Amitabha Centre is Part of the New Kadampa Tradition

New Kadampa Buddhism is a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings designed especially for the people of the modern world. All the practices come from Buddha Shakyamuni and have been preserved over the centuries by an unbroken lineage of fully realized Teachers. Venerable Geshe-la’s presentation retains all the meanings and insights of Buddha’s original teachings, while offering them in a fashion that is accessible and suitable for modern-day practitioners. Through this great kindness everyone – regardless of nationality, culture, age or gender – now has the opportunity to follow and practice scientifically proven methods for solving the problems of daily life that ultimately lead to true and lasting happiness.

Our Centre

Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre is located at 174 Albert St, Palmerston North.

We have residential spaces, our office, a meditation room and a beautiful peace garden.

Useful Links

Website for the New Kadampa Tradition: kadampa.org
Tharpa New Zealand: tharpa.com/nz
Youtube Videos from NKT-IKBU

Other New Zealand Centres

Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland: meditateinauckland.org
Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington: meditateinwellington.org
Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Centre (Chirstchurch): meditateinchristchurch.org


Commonly Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.

Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

What do I need to bring to class?
Nothing in particular, however if you wish to take notes bring a pen and notepad.

How should I dress for class?
No particular clothing is required. Just wear something comfortable.

Do I have to sit on the floor?
No, most of our students sit in chairs to listen and meditate.

What is the cost of the class?
There is a suggested donation of $12 or affordable contribution for regular weekly classes unless otherwise stated. As a non-profit organisation, all class and membership donations go towards supporting the Centre and branch classes. Our Centre is self-supporting so this includes administrative costs, venue hire, teaching programme costs and so on.

The centre sounds great but I don’t live in Palmerston North. Is there anything like this near me?
The Amitabha Centre has regular branch classes in Feilding, Levin, and Whanganui; and we also have students in other areas who study by correspondence.