Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane

Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane is dedicated to bringing peace and happiness to the people of Brisbane and Queensland. Our classes, workshops and retreats teach people how to develop peaceful, positive states of mind, leading to greater well-being, fewer problems in daily life, and more happiness. Through sharing the ancient wisdom of Buddhist meditation, we wish to inspire and empower modern people to reach their full spiritual potential in order to be of greatest benefit to their family, friends and the world.

Our meditation Centre is located on the edge of Brisbane CBD, five minutes walk from central station, and houses the extraordinary Kadampa Temple for World Peace. Our modern space is a peaceful oasis with air-conditioning and sound-proofing. Seating is available on comfortable chairs or meditation cushions on the floor.

The Centre includes a gift and bookshop, and provides a relaxed environment in which people from all walks-of-life can discover the benefits of meditation and modern Buddhism for themselves. Everyone is welcome!

Upcoming Events

National Events

Each year, as well as many other special events and retreats, Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia hosts the Australian Festival around the new year and the Australian Dharma Celebration around Easter. These special national events gather people from all over Australia together to enjoy meaningful spiritual holidays.

Join us at this year’s Australian Dharma Celebration where Gen Kelsang Rabten will grant the empowerment of Buddha Amitayus and give teachings on The New Eight Steps to Happiness. Amitayus means an immeasurable life span. When we open our hearts to Buddha Amitayus’ guidance, he will help us increase our wisdom, our merit and, most importantly, he will help us protect our most valuable possession — our precious human life.

This special ceremony will help us deepen our connection with Buddha Amitayus, giving us the confidence that we can make our human life truly meaningful by using it to progress on the path to enlightenment.

Following the blessing ceremony, Gen Rabten will give teachings on the book ‘The New Eight Steps to Happiness’ by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, offering practical insights into Buddhism’s beloved text ‘Eight Verses of Training the Mind’ by Tibetan Bodhisattva Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Enjoy this spiritual getaway and special opportunity to connect with the Australian Sangha.

Event Location : Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia | 25 McCarthy Road, Monbulk VIC

See here for more information and booking.

Bookings open 10am, Friday 23rd February 2024.

International Events

FAQ About Meditation

If you attend a drop-in class our experienced meditation teachers will be happy to help you with any questions that you may have. Please find answers to our most commonly asked questions below.

There is no set time of the day that is better for meditation as it depends upon the individual. Some people find that they have a clearer mind at the start of the day and prefer meditating in the morning. Others prefer to meditate in the evening to unwind after their day. You can also meditate at any point throughout the day.

Once you find a time of day that works best, it is useful to have a routine of trying to meditate at the same time each day. This will help to keep your meditation practice regular and consistent.

You don’t have to meditate for a long period of time each day to experience the benefits. Just by doing meditation for 10-15 minutes each day you will be able to reduce feelings of stress and tension, cultivate positive states of mind, and overcome negative ones.

Sitting with your legs crossed in meditation is a traditional posture that helps to keep your mind focused during the meditation session. However, it is not necessary to sit cross-legged on the floor. You can do your meditation practice sitting in a chair if you prefer. The most important feature of the meditation posture is keep your back straight but not tense. Keeping your back straight will prevent your mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.

No. We should always be focusing on something in meditation. This is called our object of meditation. We can prepare our mind for meditation by focusing on a neutral object such as the breath. Actual meditation involves focusing on, and familiarising our mind with, a positive object, for example love or compassion. By familiarising our mind with these objects inside meditation we will be able to keep a positive and happy mind outside of meditation. We will also notice over a period of time that our mind starts to change on a deeper level.

Because meditation is a training of the mind it is better to remove external distractions, such as music. This enables us to focus more clearly on our meditation object. Otherwise, music can just be another distraction in the meditation process.

Getting your mind completely still and distraction-free requires practice, patience, and familiarity. It is very common for distractions to arise in meditation. During the meditation session we can practice reducing mental busyness by returning our mind back to our main object of meditation whenever we notice it has become distracted. Outside of meditation we can train in reducing our daily distractions so that when we sit down to meditate we notice that our mind is naturally more calm and clear.