about us

who we are 

Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre began in Palmerston North and surrounding districts in 2004.

We offer a programme that is dedicated to fostering peace in our hearts and in this world.

The programme at Amitabha Centre provides practical methods for improving our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind. The classes, courses and retreats cater for people of all levels from complete beginners to advanced practitioners.

We are a Kadampa Buddhist Centre. Kadampa Buddhism is a special tradition of Mahayana Buddhism founded by Atisha (982 – 1054 CE), an Indian Buddhist Master largely responsible for the reintroduction of Buddhism into Tibet in the eleventh century.

A Kadampa is someone who integrates their knowledge of all Buddha’s teachings into their everyday life.

our centre

Our centre at 174 Albert St; Palmerston North, cosists of a residential space, our office,a meditation class teaching space and a peace garden.

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contact us

Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Address: 174 Albert St , Hokowhitu, Palmerston North 4410

Tel:         06 355 3524

Email:   amitabha@xtra.co.nz

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.

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 admin 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, Whanganui and New Plymouth and we also have students in other areas who study by correspondence.