13-15 APRIL 2018 | AUCKLAND

EVERYONE IS WELCOME to attend this special 3-day meditation event in Auckland and receive inspiring teachings from Kadampa Buddhist monk and highly-accomplished teacher Gen Kelsang Rabten.

Our problems in everyday life often create mental pain. Through the practice of meditation, we can overcome these painful states and enjoy a happy, meaningful life.


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The NEW ZEALAND DHARMA CELEBRATION is a spiritual holiday where like-minded people from across the country gather to receive inspiring teachings and special blessings from our National Spiritual Director, Gen Kelsang Rabten.

DURING THIS SPECIAL WEEKEND, Gen Rabten will give teachings on the healing power of meditation, and grant the blessing empowerment of Medicine Buddha. He will explain how it is possible to heal ourself and others by practising the special sequence of meditations presented in modern Kadampa Buddhism. By taking the medicine of Kadam Lamrim, we will draw closer to our potential, and all of our pain, worries and suffering will become a distant memory. Eventually, we ourself will become a Medicine Buddha and have the power to guide all living beings, including our family and friends, to the permanent happiness of enlightenment.

EMPOWERMENT OF MEDICINE BUDDHA will be granted on Sunday morning. This is a beautiful guided meditation during which we will receive special blessings enabling us to connect with Medicine Buddha, the embodiment of all enlightened healing energy.

Medicine Buddha is a Buddha doctor whose function is to cure our inner and outer sickness; in particular, our delusions of uncontrolled desire, anger and self-grasping ignorance. In this empowerment, we will create a special inner connection with the enlightened mind of Medicine Buddha through engaging in a series of simple yet profound guided meditations. In this way, Medicine Buddha’s blessings will touch our heart and empower us to realise all of the stages of the path to enlightenment and enjoy the bliss that comes from these realisations.

Our Founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is the inspiration behind the New Zealand Dharma Celebration. He is a fully accomplished meditation master, internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism and the founder of the NKT-IKBU. He is the source of the teachings and practices that will be shared at the Celebration.


GEN KELSANG RABTEN, the National Spiritual Director for Kadampa Buddhism in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia, has trained under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for more than twenty years. His deep faith in Buddha’s teachings and the sincerity of his practice inspire many people to embark on a meaningful and rich spiritual life. Gen Rabten will grant the empowerment of Medicine Buddha, give teachings and commentary.

KELSANG SHECHOG, the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington, is known for her ability to inspire others through sincere practice and to present the deeper meanings of Buddhism in a way that is practical and relevant to all who listen. Shechog will guide the morning meditation sessions.


There are a range of public transport options available. More information.

Buses go between the airport and the City every 10 minutes ($18 each way). Visit SkyBus for more information.

There is limited street car parking close to the venue. We recommend either The Chancery Car Park ($5/day weekend rate) or Victoria Street Car park ($2/hour), less than 5 mins from the venue.
There are many accommodation options in the city to suit every budget. Booking.com & AirBnB are two very useful websites!

For accommodation closest to the venue:

  • Metropolis Hotel
  • Hotel De Brett
  • City life Hotel
  • Waldorf Bank Side Apartments
  • Ibis Budget Auckland Central
  • Juicy Snooze
  • YHA Auckland City Backpackers

Ellen Melville Centre
1 Freyberg Place
Auckland CBD


Dates & Times

The New Zealand Dharma Celebration begins with an introduction at 7:30pm on 13 April, 2018 and finishes at 9:45pm on 15 April, 2018.

Friday, 13 April

4:30pm – 7pm Registration
7:30pm – 9pm Introductory Talk
with Gen Kelsang Rabten

Saturday, 14 April

9am – 10am Meditation
with Kelsang Shechog
11am – 12:30pm Teaching
with Gen Kelsang Rabten
3pm – 4:30pm Teaching
with Gen Kelsang Rabten
5:30pm – 6:30pm Wishfulfilling Jewel
Chanted prayers with offerings
6:30pm – 9pm Dinner & social time

Sunday, 15 April

9am – 10am Meditation
with Kelsang Shechog
11am – 1pm Empowerment
with Gen Kelsang Rabten
3pm – 4:30pm Teaching & commentary
with Gen Kelsang Rabten
5pm – 5:45pm Medicine Buddha prayers
8pm – 9:45pm Offering to the Spiritual Guide
Chanted prayers with offerings


This event is followed by a retreat lead by Gen Kelsang Demo at Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland (in Mt Eden) on 16 & 17 April 2018. This is a perfect opportunity to take the blessings of Medicine Buddha to heart.

Gen Demo is the Resident teacher of Amitabha Centre in Palmerston North. Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland, where the retreat will be held, is located at 2 Stokes Rd, Mt Eden.



$180 Whole Weekend
$25 Friday night only
$80 Saturday only
$90 Sunday only (empowerment day)



All profits from this event are dedicated to public benefit through the International Temples Project, so simply by attending them you are helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.



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    Children are welcome but special conditions apply. If you wish to bring a child under 16 years please ask for a separate booking form and further information. You will receive a confirmation letter via email. Please bring this letter with you to register or be ready to show photo identification.

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    Please contact the NZ Dharma Celebration team at info@nzdharmacelebration.org if you would like further information.