Established in February 2008, the Auckland Diamond Way Buddhist Centre is part of a network of more than 640 international lay meditation centres of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, under the spiritual guidance of the 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje and founded by Lama Ole Nydahl. We are a non-for profit organisation and our centre is run and maintained by volunteers, through their idealism and friendship.
What we offer
We offer regular guided meditation evenings, lectures and a monthly Introduction to Buddhism for newcomers.
Everyone is very welcome to visit us on Thursdays at 7.30pm in our Newmarket Centre in the heart of Auckland City. The first 10-15 mins of each session is dedicated to studying the Diamond Way Buddhist teachings through short informal talks, watching videos or listening to recordings.
You will then be invited to try a brief guided group meditation on the 16th Karmapa, ask questions, and enjoy some refreshments and socialise afterwards. You can also check out our library and bookshop. We are usually finished by around 9pm. You don’t need to bring anything, and there is no charge.
Every first Thursday of the month, with a 7.30pm start, we also offer a longer explanation on what Buddhism is and how we can practise it and incorporate it into our often busy Western lives. We also cover the basics of Diamond Way Buddhist meditation and the benefits it brings. If you are completely new to Buddhism and meditation, this may be a good day to come along; but you are welcome to join us on any of our sessions.
We also regularly invite teachers from around the world; they are long-time students of Lama Ole, who have been asked to teach Diamond Way Buddhism and share their experiences to practitioners worldwide. You can keep up to date with our activities and programmes by following our Facebook page and by joining our Meetup group.