Welcome to the Wellington Sri Chinmoy Centre. We offer free meditation courses throughout the year approximately every month. Please browse this site to find out more about meditation and our classes. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining a course.
How do I get started?
Simply fill in our contact form. One of our class co-ordinators will then be in touch with you with all the details you need to begin the next free meditation course available.
Do I need to bring anything?
No – just yourself and a sincere willingness for more inner peace and happiness in your life.
“I meditate so that
My mind cannot complicate
A RARE OPPORTUNITY – Challenging Impossibility
If you’re a fitness lover in any field of sport or personal wellbeing, the visit of a champion athlete is always an opportunity to learn a bit more.
When: Sunday 25 February 2018, 5pm – 6.30pm
Where: Makara Room, Wharewaka Function Centre, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington Waterfront
FREE Admission – Please register to ensure seating. Text 027 871 9690 or use our contact form.
Wellington’s Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is hosting a rare sports presentation this month that brings two remarkable women athletes to the Wharewaka Function Centre in what promises to be an inspirational evening. ‘Challenging Impossibility’ will feature two extraordinary achievers : Czech ‘Oceans-7’ ultra-distance swimmer Abhejali Bernardova, and Kiwi runner Harita Davies, the only NZ woman to ever compete in and complete the world’s longest certified running race, the gruelling, New York based 3,100 mile ultra.
The pair will share their inspirational stories, nutrition and training tips, and insights into our limitless potential when mind/body/spirit can work together. The occasion is part of a “Meetings with Remarkable People” national series of free talks, in which outstanding achievers share their experiences and encourage others.
Multi-day running veteran Harita Davies finished the 3100 mile epic race in August of last year, covering over 96 km every day for 54 consecutive days! She has competed in 6 and 10 day races as well, and run many marathons. Described as “The Mount Everest of Ultramarathons” by the New York Times, the 3100 ultra has runners circling around a half-mile city block in suburban Queens during the heat of the summer. Only six women have ever completed the 3100 mile distance in the previous twenty events, with only one other New Zealander ever attempting the challenging epic journey. The race was founded in 1997 by the late Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), who pioneered many long distance events and has been credited with reviving multi-day racing, once very popular in the 19th century.
Czech swimmer Abhejali Bernardova has swum the seven great ocean challenges including from Ireland to Scotland, Robben Island to Capetown, crossed Gibraltar Strait, the English Channel and Hawaii’s Molokai Channel (a 23 hour epic!), swum across Japan’s Cook Strait and the Catalina channel and swum around Manhattan. She’s also a Czech 24 hour, 100km and 6 day race running champion. Abhejali will be attempting her final ‘Oceans-7’ great swim, New Zealand’s Cook strait, later this month.
Harita comments: “Many of us go through life wondering about what we might have done if we had dared to attempt something daunting and difficult. 3100 miles really frightened me, but I decided to venture into that frightening place and challenge myself and see what I could learn. It’s one of the best and happiest and most amazing experiences I have ever had”.
To the right is a picture of Harita with the pairs of shoes she went through during the race.
Weekend Workshop – Learn Meditation
Register by texting our class line: 0278719690. You can also speak to one of our tutors also on 027 871 9690 (evenings only).
When: Saturday, 24 Feb 2018, 10am – 3pm and Sunday, 25 Feb 2018, 10am to 12 noon.
Where: St Andrews on The Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Conference Room 3
Admission Free – Registration will ensure seating.
A free introductory weekend course covering the ABC’s of meditation with visiting Brazilian guest teacher and international presenter Ashirvad Zaiantchick. Much sought after for his deep personal knowledge of meditation and down to earth teaching style, Ashirvad has taught meditation globally for over two decades and is a wonderful and popular teacher. His inspirational workshop will cover many aspects of learning meditation, he will share personal stories and insights, cover the essentials of developing an effective home practice and cover a wide range of techniques to help you find your own unique meditation path.
Why meditate…what is the purpose?
Well, we nourish our body every day with food with great regularity, but most of us neglect to take care of some of the deeper aspects of ourselves. Meditation nourishes our mind and our soul and the spiritual aspects of our nature which also need constant attention. These shape our whole life experience. People who are peaceful, for example, are not disturbed by life’s ups and downs, they have an inner calm and poise. And our happiness – most of our efforts at being happy depend upon external things like better jobs, new relationships, material things, travel plans and so forth, but meditation cultivates an inner happiness that no longer depends on these changing outer things at all…keep reading.
You’re a vegetarian I believe – why?
It’s one of those lifestyle changes that can benefit meditators. I became a vegetarian about 40 years ago – it was one of the things my own teacher Sri Chinmoy requested and encouraged. The food we eat has some impact on our inner development, a calm mind and healthy body, and in my case I was amazed how much better I felt. I started running about that time as well, marathons, ultras, and as your wellbeing increases you can really measure and feel the effect of diet on your energy and stamina and life force. We’re herbivores, it’s only cultural conditioning that makes eating other animals a usual thing…keep reading.
Finding Sri Chinmoy’s Meditation Path
At the beginning, all those years ago, I was not really looking for a spiritual Master or a path. Like most people I knew, I was neither very happy nor unhappy, having just arrived from my hometown of Mumbai, India, eager to fulfill my lifelong dream of an overseas education and an independent life.
In New Zealand a nagging backache had started to bother me and I decided to try hatha yoga as a remedy. I called up a few places in the next week or so but found most of these either too expensive or too far away from home. Slightly dejected I remember walking down the main street in downtown Auckland on the way to my lunch shift – the streets were full of office workers rushing to and fro. I remember walking down the hill when I had the sudden and strange sensation of everything slowing down, as though time was suspended. A smiling face suddenly appeared before me, a young man with leaflets in his hand. Just as I was about to walk past him, something in my head said “take what he is offering”. The next thing I knew I had this bright blue leaflet in my hand, reading it on my way to work.
As luck would have it, it was a free meditation workshop offered by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. I knew it wasn’t the Hatha Yoga that I was looking for, but I intuitively knew of the connection between the body and the spirit and decided to explore this further. When I reflect back on that moment on the street on that long ago day, I can understand the quiet perfection of everything, the role of grace in our lives.
In India they say “when the disciple is ready the Master appears” and that is how it was with me. Why was it that I had been given this opportunity to follow a spiritual path? Swami Vivekananda, one of my country’s great spiritual teachers, used to say ‘Those who choose the Infinite have been chosen by the Infinite’. I have stopped questioning the reason behind it, but often offer my gratitude to my Guru for the wonderful years I have been fortunate and privileged to spend on his wonderful path. This poem by Sri Chinmoy expresses my feelings well:
‘Beyond speech and mind, Into the river of ever-effulgent Light My heart dives. Today thousands of doors, closed for millennia Are opened wide.’
The Heart in the New Millennium
Many people believe that human consciousness is on the verge of a pivotal change – from the dominance of the mind to a growing recognition of the importance of the heart. It represents a change so significant that it promises to reshape the very future of mankind, pointing the way…. keep reading
The Olympic Games are here. Beginning August 5th with the opening ceremony in the legendary Maracanã Stadium in Rio, 306 medal events are being contested across the 42 Olympic sports disciplines. It’s potentially a wonderful time when athletes from 207 countries and audiences from virtually every country on our planet come together in a spirit of friendly competition, forming bonds of friendship that can unite us in a way almost without parallel. …keep reading
She comes in every morning around 3:30 am, the holy hour, for her early three hours of meditation. She is quiet as a falling feather but the old wooden floorboards and creaking joists betray her, creak and sigh as she passes my room. In her hour long walking meditations, her slow circling shuffle around the great room, she claps her hands together …keep reading
Recently a group of musician-friends, some from New Zealand, gathered in Reykjavik to begin a musical tour, singing Sri Chinmoy’s songs in churches and old ruins throughout the heartland of this impressive nation………
If you were to try to paint eternity, these landscapes of Iceland would inspire you. They spread out all around you to every horizon, the rumpled splendors of the earth,…keep reading
In that brutal bad New Zealand winter of 2002 the worst storm ever recorded charged across the central North Island mountains, burying the forests in meters of snow and sending the few humans crazy enough to be out there in that onslaught fleeing for lonely mountain huts. Marooned by waist high drifts, fallen trees and winds colder than grief they huddled over cheerless fires …keep reading
“Over the years” Sri Chinmoy once said, “ I have been to a number of countries that follow the teachings of the Lord Buddha, but here in Myanmar I feel that Lord Buddha has a very, very special eye of compassion and a very, very special heart of universal love. Myanmar I feel has a most special place in the heart of Lord Buddha. … keep reading
Holidays are coming, and soon our centre family will vanish away to relatives in hometowns, to gatherings down-country in small coastal villages, settlements where an uncle owns a seaside bach, an odd ritual here like some seasonal homing instinct, a migratory impulse honed through childhoods of summers.
In these waning months of the year the parklands near my home gather around… keep reading
One of the recurring themes in the writings and legacies of the great spiritual teachers all the way down through time is the accent they each place on the preciousness of a human incarnation, especially one in which there is some kind of spiritual awakening. One of India’s teachers spoke of only three real miracles – the rarity of a human birth in this infinitely vast cosmos with its endless possibilities of life; … keep reading
The Indian spiritual master Sri Chinmoy often compared the body to a cage, the soul as the captive bird. Sometimes the cage door might open just a little – a minor illness – and the soul bird would fly away; other times the cage door could be wide open – a grave illness – but the soul bird would stubbornly remain. … keep reading
She had always been moved and deeply touched by her Teacher’s comments about the spiritual value of giving, and at some heartfelt and intuitive level felt that she really understood what this meant and how it worked in that preternatural inner world where everything connected, …keep reading
In the great task of finding happiness and peace through meditation, there are some simple, useful things to keep in mind. Some of these are mentioned here: Don’t be too concerned with finding the right technique in meditation. Spiritual master Sri Chinmoy once commented that our own souls are our best teacher …keep reading
- Feel gratitude at the very beginning of your meditation practise. This will remind you that you have reached a very special time in your evolution, and that you are awakening, that there is a quiet perfection behind your life that is giving you this special opportunity. You are among a tiny percentage of humanity opening up to a new consciousness…keep reading
After a lifetime of travel and lifelong encounters with many great human beings – our path took us to so many places, to encounters with so many people – it is a truism for me to say that Sri Chinmoy was, by a very great distance, the greatest person I have ever met. Even after my own 30 years of examining him he was always far over the horizons of my comprehension – … keep reading