Coming for the first time


Frequently Asked Questions



 What will happen on my first visit to the Christchurch Diamond Way Centre?

The Christchurch Diamond Way Centre is built on friendship and the motivation to help ourselves and others using the methods taught by the Buddha. We are a 'family' lineage, active in daily life with work, partners and children.

Thursday night is our main night so we recommend coming on this night for your first time and arriving just before 8pm. Before the meditation one of our more experienced members give a short overview of the centre and the meditations we do.

Also, on the first Thursday of each month, an experienced member will give a longer Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation.

The focus of the evening is always the main meditation on the 16th Karmapa. This is guided by one of the Centre members and lasts from 20 to 30 minutes.

After meditation the evening becomes more informal. You are welcome to stay, ask more questions, get to know people and generally relax. 

Ngondro practice sessions are where the Christchurch Diamond Way Centre members participate in the Four Foundational Practices of the Karma Kagyu Lineage. It is a set of meditation practices for those who are interested in deepening their meditation practice.

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Do I have to sit cross-legged on the floor?

No. All meditations at the Christchurch Diamond Way Centre are sitting meditations, but mats, cushions and chairs are provided. The most important requirement in terms of posture is a straight back. If you’re more comfortable kneeling, or sitting on a chair, that’s fine. It’s only your mind that needs to get enlightened, not your knees.

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How do I get to the Christchurch Diamond Way Centre?

The Christchurch Diamond Way Centre is in North Linwood at 220 England Street. We are between Woodham Rd and Linwood Avenue end of England Street (its a long zig zag street).  map

There is ample parking on the road, there are bus stop nearby and we are about 30 mins walk from the city centre.

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Do I have to pay anything to come along for a meditation?

We offer meditation as a free gift, but donations are appreciated. Karma Kagyu Diamond Way Centres run on idealism and the energy of volunteers.There’s a donation box where you can make anonymous contributions if you wish to.

We have a tiered monthly donation system for those are wish to support the centre and contribute on a regular basis. This money goes toward bringing out teachers, organising meditation courses, and so on.

If you want to buy Buddhist books or meditation booklets from the Centre you will have to pay for those. You don’t need them for the meditation though—everything you need is provided on the night. There’s also a Centre library, where subscription members can borrow books free of charge.

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Christchurch events


    We have public meditations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8:00pm.

    See meditation nights page for details.

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