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.
Amida is the central deity of Japan’s popular Pure Land (Jōdo 浄土) sects and the ruler of the Western Paradise of Ultimate Bliss (Gokuraku 極楽; Skt. To followers of Japan’s Pure Land sects, Amida has eclipsed the Historical Buddha as the most popular divinity in Japan's Mahayana traditions.
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.
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. 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.
Karma Kagyu Thigsum Chokhorling (or Karma Choeling) is a study practice and retreat centre in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.