Tuesday Night Practice Sessions
Weekly 7.30 pm

Here we follow The Rigdzin Prayer Book compiled by Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche

The reason for these practices is to learn how to free our hearts and minds from negative, destructive thoughts and emotions and instead, cultivate feelings of kindness for all beings. Negative thoughts are habits harmful for ourselves and others but, like any habits, they can be overcome and replaced with beneficial ones. 

The practices in this booklet stem from the Nyingma Lineage (Ancient School) of Tibetan Buddhism.

The evening begins with a brief sitting meditation and contemplation on motivation for practice. The Daily Prayer book is recited including Prayer for Refuge and generating Bodhicitta Mind, Praise to Manjushri and mantra recitation, Vajrasattva Visualisation Prayer and mantras and Dedication of Merit.

These sessions are followed by Dharma study and discussion as suggested by Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche.

Relevant resources such as dvds or books as also used to develop understanding of Dharma.

If new to Buddhist study please contact Erin Lummis erinlummis34@gmail.com or 981 8380


Thursday Night - Shambhala Night
Weekly 7.30 pm.


The Christchurch Shambhala group that meets on Thursday nights is part of Shambhala International, a worldwide community of meditation centres founded by meditation master Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and led today by his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

Their teachings bring together three streams of wisdom:

  • the Kagyu and Nyingma teachings of Tibetan Buddhism

  • the wisdom teachings of Shambhala

For more information about the source of the teachings click here.


The meditation session consists of 20 minutes sitting, 10 minutes walking, and 20 minutes sitting again. 


This is followed by either short video clips, a presentation from someone in the group or a reading and a discussion. 


Introduction to Buddhism

If you would prefer to meet for an individual overview of Buddhist view, the path and meditation then please get in contact with us via the contact us page to arrange a suitable time.



Both nights include time for a cup of tea and a snack. Please feel welcome to bring something along to share with the group from time to time.


Suggested donation

Suggested donation is around $5. You can leave this in the donation bowl in the door going into the gompa or better yet - become a member and pay by monthly direct debit into the trust bank account.

Please note that this is a suggested donation that goes towards maintenance, up keep and further renovations of the gompa. Whatever you can manage is fine we do want you to feel welcome and know you can participate despite your financial situation.


Other Regular Events

Friends of Tibet Christchurch is connected to the centre and events are posted on this page or Christchurch Buddhist Centre Facebook page. For enquiries email: clairecoveneyis@gmail.com 



May all be well and happy!

For Centre enquiries contact Erin via email on the contact us page or phone (03) 981 8380