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Open Dhamma seeks to provide a space where people can explore what it means to live a meaningful and ethical life, in awareness, and within a western context.
To this end we endeavour to support each person in their own process of questioning, using any of the principles that are today attributed to Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), or indeed, any of the great thinkers of the past and present. We emphasise an honest and ongoing investigation into these principles, with openness to scrutiny or even critique.
Attendees at our activities are free to adhere to any of these wide and diverse traditions — not just Buddhist — which have sprung up over millennia, which we respect and draw upon, but do not endorse.
Open Dhamma emerged in January 2011, out of the remnants of the second Christchurch Triratna Buddhist Centre. The time was one of upheaval, in a city devastated by a series of earthquakes and aftershocks. Read more...
The three people who facilitate activities at Open Dhamma, Ray/Kuladasa, Lynda/Shamani and Pierrick/Dridhamati, are all established Buddhist practitioners with years of practice of meditation and Dhamma study. Read more...