what’s on and where to find things

we are really, really, really happy to be able to be with you face-to-face again, but we will continue with the zoom option (for most classes) for those who find this more accessible (for more information please go to meditateinpalmerstonnorth.live)
noho ora mai rā i roto i ngā manaakitanga katoa

Drop-in classes: 

Study programme:

Half-day workshop:


Heart Jewel 

  • Palmerston North - Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7.30 - 8.30 am
  • Palmerston North - Saturdays: 8.30 - 9.30 am

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

  • Palmerston North - Saturday, April 10: 4pm

Prayers for World Peace

  • Palmerston North - Sundays at 7 -7.30pm


When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides, and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - The New Meditation Handbook.

Our programmes are open to everyone - newcomers and experienced meditators, young, old, working, retired, individuals and families. We welcome people from all faiths and those who do not subscribe to any faith. You do not have to be a Buddhist to take part in our programme and to benefit from it.

gen kelsang demo

our founding teacher at the amitabha buddhist centre

The Amitabha Centre was established in Palmerston North by Gen Kelsang Demo in 2004, and over the next 15 years, until her death in late 2019, she worked hard establishing classes in a number of centres across the central north island, and in a variety of community settings (e.g: prisons, tertiary education centres, health service providers, the council and so on). Her mission was to make dharma accessible and meaningful to as many people as possible.

She was unfailingly kind, patient and non-judgemental; her teachings were clear and inclusive; and she always encouraged her students to ask questions and make dharma relevant to the difficulties that each of us face in negotiating our way through this very complex, busy and often difficult modern world.

Perhaps one of her greatest strengths as a teacher, was her own demonstrated commitment to putting dharma into practice and using it to help her maintain a peaceful mind and generous heart, as well as meet challenges and difficulties with patience and inner strength: she really did ‘walk the talk’ – and helped many of us start to walk this path too.

Thank you Gen Demo - we hold you in a special place in our hearts and remember you with love. We were so very fortunate to have spent time with you.

Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre
174 Albert Street, Palmerston North, 4410
Phone: 06 3553524
Email: amitabha@xtra.co.nz

Registered Charity #cc20656Palmerston North, 4410