Karma Choeling Buddhist Monastery

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NZ Karma Kagyu Trust
Karma Choeling Buddhist Monastery
66 Bodhisattva Rd, RD 1
Silverdale 0994
North Auckland
New Zealand        

Ph + 64 9 420 5428
Fax+64 9 420 5468


Karma Kagyu Thigsum Chokhorling (or Karma Choeling) is a study practice and retreat centre in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.  Established in 1980 by HH 16th Karmapa, it is the Australasian seat of HH 17th Karmapa,  Orgyen Trinley Dorje, and is administered by the New Zealand Karma Kagyu Trust.  Karma Choeling occupies 20 ha (50 acres) of regenerating bush land near Dairy Flat, between Albany and Orewa in North Auckland and features a traditional Tibetan style temple, eight stupas, and an 7 m Buddha Statue, as well as residential and retreat huts.  Casual visitors are welcome during the day.  Contact the manager  for more information.

Directions to Karma Kagyu Thigsum Chokhorling:

Travel North on Highway One from Auckland.  Take the Silverdale exit from Highway One and turn immediately left.  Take the first turn on the right, Pine Hills Road and go to the end of the road.  Turn right onto Kahikatea Flat Road and then immediately right onto White Hills Road.  Follow that road until you come to the sign for Karma Choeling on your right , at Bodhisattva Road.  Karma Choeling is on the right., with a sign at the gate.

前往Karma Choeling寺線路指南
從奧克蘭上一號高速公路北行,從Silverdale出口處下一號高速公路並立即左轉,在右手邊第一個路口右轉進入Pine Hills路並直行到底, 再右轉進入Kahikatea Flat路之後立刻向右進入White Hills路,沿此路直行直到看見右側位於Bodhisattva 路上的Karma Choeling寺的標示,門口立有指示牌。

Karma Choeling and the New Zealand Karma Kagyu Trust exist to make available to New Zealanders, the teachings and blessings of the Karma Kagyu Lineage,  one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, dating back to the 10th century, and now one of the most widely disseminated in the west.  This aim is achieved by employing qualified resident teachers (lamas) who can present the three baskets of the  Buddha's teachings, and can provide instructions on meditation practices to suit each individual's needs and temperament as well as advice on coping with the problems of everyday life.  

As part of the Mahayana School, practicing with and for the benefit of all sentient beings is an important aspect of our  regular meditation activities, most of which are open to all.  On the basis of special requests we may also offer additional meditation training or retreats.  From time to time when highly qualified and experienced teachers are available special teachings and blessings may be held.  Consult our  calendar for these and for special days for prayer and practice.  Prayer texts and books of commetaries and teachings for these practices can be purchased at the monastery.  Some prayers and teachings are also available  here and more will be added as they become available.  

To attend events at Karma Choeling or to engage in a personal retreat you may wish to stay at the monastery.  Brief visits of a few days can be arranged through the manager but more extensive stays need to be negotiated with the New Zealand Karma Kagyu Trust.  If you are planning to do a solitary retreat you are advised to meet with a Lama first.  

Another special event at Karma Choeling is the visit of a Tibetan Ayurvedic medical practitioner who provides massage, herbal and other treatments for a wide variety of both minor and serious ailments.  In addition we supply herbal teas, massage and facial creams made to traditional Tibetan recipes which are available without prescription.  

Karma Choeling is maintained entirely through donations of money, time, energy and skill from our supporters.  Become a member of the Karma Choeling Community to help support the monastery and enjoy discounts on books and teachings.

The New Zealand Karma Kagyu Trust was established in 1980 under the Charitable Trusts Act to promote the Kagyu Dharma in New Zealand.  It aims to establish and maintain monasteries, temples centres and branches;  to encourage and maintain an exchange of ideas, friendship and Buddhist principles with the New Zealand public; to appoint teachers approved by HH Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje; to hold and promote conferences and education courses;  to operate schools for its members and / or their children and to facilitate the interchange of ideas and discussion.  The Trust is funded entirely by donations both financial and practical. Its members, drawn from all over the North Island, donate their time to meet monthly and administer the monastery.   

The best way to support Karma Choeling's activities is to become a member of the  Karma Choeling Community and make a regular monthly contribution to support all the activites of the Trust we will then put you on our mailing list.  

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