This website has information about the Dhargyey Buddhist Centre Dunedin and the other Dhargyey Centres in New Zealand.
In April 2016 we welcomed the venerable Geshe Lobsang Dhonyoe as the new Scriptural Master of Dhargyey Buddhist Centre and we now invite everyone in Dunedin to come to his very warm teachings with great insight into the roots of spiritual practice for all people. If you are outside Dunedin you can find audio recordings of our teachings loaded on www.archive.org.
At the Dhargyey Buddhist Centres, regular meetings and classes are held at the Centres in Dunedin, Whangarei, Christchurch and Bay of Plenty/ Tauranga, covering Buddhist philosophy, meditation and practice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama‘s ‘Gelug’ school of Tibetan Buddhism. All classes are free and open to the public. Click here for the current timetable. There are over three years of MP3 audio recordings from Dunedin that can be downloaded from this site.
Dhargyey Buddhist Centres’ teachers are all highly qualified Lamas who are graduates of Gelug Monastic Universities. Our spiritual director is the highly renowned Sera Je Monastery Rinpoche – the venerable Jampa Khedup Lhagon Tulku.
In Dunedin there is a temple room for meditation and a small library of books on Buddhism, Tibet and related topics. The Centre’s temple at 22 Royal Terrace is generally open to the public during the day and whenever there are classes in the evening.
This website contains current information on what is happening at The Centre. There are also mp3 audio downloads available here from our archive of teachings which is growing week by week. We are currently digitising our archived recordings of Venerable Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey’s teachings stretching back to the mid 1980’s.
Included in this website is some mention of the various Dhargyey Centre Satellites such as Jam Tse Dhargyey Lingin Whangarei and the the burgeoning Phen Day Dhargyey Ling Christchurch Tibetan Buddhist Centre which has as its guide Ven Geshe Nyima Dorjee since early 2011.
We also have contacts and info for other dharma institutions nationally, sponsoring refugee monks in India, the foundation caring for Dhargyey Rinpoche, a profile of the personnel here, visiting the Portobello Peace Stupa, history of The Centre, and links to international Buddhist institutions.
The Dhargyey Buddhist Centre in Dunedin is a charitable incorporated society founded in 1984 for the study and practise of Buddhism under the guidance of the senior Tibetan Lama, Gen Rinpoche- the venerable Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. To our great sadness he passed away in August 1995. A commemorative stupa was built in his memory under the guidance of Venerable Thupten Rinpoche. The Portobello Peace Stupa was consecrated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in September 1996. If you would like to view our historical site for some background and history please follow this link www.dbc.dharmakara.net.
In 2011 we experienced the passing away of one of our esteemed Spiritual Heads – Venerable Thupten Rinpoche. You can read one of his teachings, listen to comment about his life and passing from various Lamas (including His Holiness) here.
If you live outside our four main centres of Dunedin, Whangarei, Christchurch and Tauranga and would like to really experience Buddhism we welcome invitations for our Lamas to teach anywhere in New Zealand. There are sub-branches of our Dhargyey Buddhist Centre in Whakatane, Morrinsville and Takaka, which you can find the contacts for elsewhere on this site.
In New Zealand there are many Tibetan Buddhist Centres. Of our school headed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama the following have reputable qualified spiritual masters leading them. We are not claiming this to be an exhaustive list of His Holiness’ qualified spiritual masters in New Zealand and we apologise if some centres have been missed – please feel free to advise us of this.
- Dorje Chang Institute in Avondale Auckland which is guided by Venerable Geshe Wangchen.
- Trashi Gomang in Mangere Bridge, guided by venerable Geshe Dhonam
- Trashi Ganden Choepel Ling in Glenfield Auckland guided by Venerable Geshe Za Choeje RInpoche
- Chandrakirti Meditation Centre in Upper Moutere – Nelson district is guided by Venerable Geshe Jampa Tarchin
Throughout New Zealand there are representatives of all the other main schools of Tibetan Buddhism also.
Dhargyey Buddhist Centre is a member organisation of the New Zealand Buddhist Council www.buddhistcouncil.org.nz/