The Wheel of Life Day Course – with Gen Kelsang Rabten


Saturday 19th March 10am – 4pm


Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre, 24 Rugby St, Merivale, Christchurch

or online

There is plenty of parking on the street but please do not park on the neighbours driveways.

About the Day Course

“Even if we contemplate deeply the most sublime works of art we cannot gain benefits that compare with the benefits of contemplating and meditating on the diagram of the Wheel of Life because this diagram reveals the complete path to enlightenment” Joyful Path Of Good Fortune.

The Wheel of Life was a diagram drawn by Buddha that teaches the complete path to enlightenment. Included within it are Buddha’s teachings on The Four Noble Truths, telling us what we should know, abandon, practice and attain; it also illustrates the Twelve-Dependent Related Links, a chain-like series of cause and effect that reveals the way in which we are bound to samsaric rebirth.

This course will give a practical and contemplative tour of the Wheel of Life and show how we can use this diagram to inspire our meditations and guide us along the spiritual path.

Important Information: Due to the ongoing global pandemic and the current restrictions on entry into New Zealand, Gen Rabten will be unable to teach this course in-person. His teachings will be shown on a large screen at Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre and are also available online.

The Teacher

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The course will be taught by internationally renowned teacher and Kadampa Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Rabten. Gen Rabten is the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director of Kadampa Buddhism for New Zealand, Australia and South East Asia and is currently based in the UK. He has studied and taught modern Kadampa Buddhism for more than 25 years. He is much loved for his insight, humour and practical explanations of meditation and Buddhism.

As Gen Kelsang Rabten cannot join us in person for this event we will be screening a recording of his teachings at our Centre. The meditations will be led in person by our Resident Teacher Kelsang Luma.


In-person $55 – includes morning and afternoon tea. Please bring your own vegetarian lunch to enjoy at the Centre or there are cafes nearby. Please CLICK HERE for up to date Covid information before you attend a class.

Online $40 – available to view online live and for 7 days afterwards. You will receive a link to the videos via email.

Booking is essential, for in-person and online booking:

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9.50 – 10.00am: Registration

10.00 – 11.00am Teaching

11.00 – 11.30am Morning tea

11.30 – 12.15pm Guided meditation

12.15 – 1.30pm Lunch break

1.30 – 2.30pm Teaching

2.30 – 3.00pm Afternoon tea

3.00 – 4.00pm Guided meditation

What to expect at a class

These classes are based on Buddha’s teachings on the mind, but you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend, or to benefit from them.
There is no physical exercise involved and you can choose to sit either in a chair or on a cushion.
These classes are suitable for all levels of experience.