About Us

Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane is a not-for-profit organisation. Our Centre in Spring Hill provides a comfortable and relaxed environment in which people can discover the benefits of meditation and modern Buddhism for themselves. Everyone is welcome!

The Centre

Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane is a modern meditation space located in the heart of Spring Hill. Our meditation room is carpeted and soundproofed, with air conditioning and purified air. Seating is available on comfortable chairs, and we maintain social distancing with our Centre. The meditation room has a hearing loop and the Centre is wheelchair accessible. We hold weekly meditation classes, beginners courses, special events, urban retreats and regular day courses which are suitable for everyone; as well as in-depth study programs for people who want to deepen their understanding of Buddha’s teachings.

How to Find Us


We sell a complete range of meditation and Buddhism books written by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche as well as meditation CDs, audio books and Buddhist images. Our gift shop also stocks statues, ritual implements, greeting cards, candles, meditation cushions and other gift items. All profits are donated to the International Temples Project, which is dedicated to public benefit.

Gift Vouchers are available to purchase

Membership & Class Passes


Mon – Thurs  10am – 4pm

Sat  11am – 4pm

Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Ani is Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane and teaches all the main classes and courses at the Centre. Gen Ani has been studying and practising Modern Kadampa Buddhism with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 15 years. Gen Ani teaches with warmth and compassion, making modern Buddhism accessible and applicable to all.

Other Teachers

Kelsang Luma is well-loved for her humility as well as her energy and joy in sharing Buddha’s instructions. Her practical and uplifting teachings make meditation and modern Buddhism accessible to all, enabling people from all walks of life to solve their daily problems through developing inner peace.

Andrew Monaghan has been practising Kadampa Buddhism for many years. He has received extensive teachings and shows a wonderful example of applying the teachings and practices of Kadampa Buddhism in his daily life. Andrew is known for his great sincerity, loving kindness and wisdom.


Kadampa Buddhism is a time-honoured Buddhist tradition that for centuries has made Buddha’s teachings and meditation practices available to people throughout the world.

Kadampa Buddhism

To provide a vehicle for promoting Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world, in 1991 Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche founded the New Kadampa Tradition, International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT–IKBU). The NKT-IKBU is an international association of study and meditation centres that follow the pure tradition of Mahayana Buddhism derived from the Buddhist meditators and scholars Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa and introduced into the West by the Buddhist Teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Our Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time.

Study & Retreat

From the age of eight Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title Geshe, which literally means spiritual friend. Under the guidance of Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas.

Teaching in the West

In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England, where he lived for many years giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of disciples.

Geshe-la has continued to teach on Kadampa Buddhism in many countries around the world, and published a series of remarkable books on Buddhist thought and meditation.

He has established three unique study programmes and over 1200 meditation centres around the world, trained qualified teachers and a flourishing ordained community, and created a project to build Buddhist temples in every major city in the world.

Teaching From Example

In his teachings Geshe-la emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others and he demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.

This remarkable teacher inspires so many people from so many different countries because he teaches from example.

He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.

Our Spiritual Directors

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

General Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, UK.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Deputy Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at International Retreat Centre Grand Canyon.

Gen Kelsang Rabten

National Spiritual Director

Gen Kelsang Rabten is the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director for Australia & New Zealand.

school visit

School Visits

We welcome visits from schools and other groups in the community to Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane. Visiting our meditation centre gives your students the chance to experience what Buddhism and meditation mean firsthand. They can see our beautiful shrine with different Buddhas and offerings, meet a Buddhist teacher, hear a talk on Buddhism and meditation, and try meditating in our serene meditation room.


What to expect for your visit
Visits normally last for one hour and include:

A Talk From a Practising Buddhist

This can be tailored to suit your students’ learning needs, but typically includes the story of the life of Buddha, information on how Buddhists live and work today and an explanation of the essence of Buddha’s teachings.

A Chance to Ask Questions

As every group is different, we leave ample time for questions, so that the students have the chance to find out about the things which really interest them.

An Opportunity to Try Meditation

Meditation can have a beneficial effect on all aspects of a student’s life. We will explain a simple meditation and give them the opportunity to try this.

We ask that a donation of $8 is made for each student who visits. If you are interested in visiting our centre, please email us at education@meditateinbrisbane.org


Get Involved

We are dedicated to bringing inner peace and happiness to the people of Brisbane and beyond. To fulfil this aim our Centre relies entirely upon volunteers – from those who drop in to the Centre to help out on occasion through to our dedicated managers and teachers. If you have the wish to help out in any way please let us know. You don’t need to have any particular skills or make any regular commitment. Our volunteers are from all walks of life and help us with a vast range of tasks. Any help is welcome. Email info@meditateinbrisbane.org if you would like to help.


The Centre is part of the International Temples Project (ITP) which was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, with the aim to introduce the Buddhist faith and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly, and to exemplify contemporary Buddhist practice through service to the public. Every donation regardless of size, is a significant contribution to the activities of the ITP and to the development of a world of peaceful people – world peace. If you would like to make a donation directly into our bank account, please email admin@meditateinbrisbane.org. Alternatively, you can donate now: