“Anybody who dedicates their life to achieving Lam-Rim realisations with the goal to liberate numberless beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and to bring to enlightenment: this is what I regard as the most important thing in the world.”

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

Wish Fulfilling Land is a place to retreat, develop calm abiding and realisations on the path to enlightenment.

Our aim is to provide a facility for both long and short-term retreats and which fulfils the preconditions for the establishment of meditative serenity as stated by Lama Tsong Khapa in the “Lam-Rim Chen Mo”.

“Easily accessible, being a safe place to live, being on a piece of land that does not breed sickness, offering companionship with like minded people that are ethically disciplined, and situated in an area where there is solitude and peace and quiet both day and night.”

Wish Fulfilling Land

Wish Fullfilling Land, a project of  Chandrakirti Meditation Centre, is a 64 hectare regenerating bush block with large sweeping views. It is located 10 minutes from Chandrakirti in a very quiet rural area, close to mountains. At present we are in the developmental stages of providing conducive environments with self sufficient retreat cabins for Buddhist Meditation practitioners sincerely engaged in attaining Lam Rim realisations. Chandrakirti Meditation Centre is in the very fortunate position of being able to serve Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast vision, by acquiring the Wish Fulfilling Land.

New Zealand

New Zealand, particularly in the Nelson region, offers ideal conditions to the long term meditator, with its temperate climate, clean green environment, lack of poisonous creatures and predators, abundant food with a peace loving, supportive and friendly society. Venerable Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche described Nelson NZ as the best place in the world to retreat, Lama Thubten Yeshe also recommended New Zealand as one of the most favorable places to retreat and His Holiness the Dalai Lama describes New Zealand as an oasis in the world.
New Zealand pictures

Potential accommodation

The photo above has been taken of a cabin at Chandrakirti Meditation Centre. Our vision is to build similar self sufficient retreat huts for short and long term retreaters in conjunction with sustainable land management. The retreat huts will be self-contained with showers and toilets, solar powered and sustainably engineered. Retreaters will be supported by members of Chandrakirti, a community of sincere and dedicated Dharma practitioners that understand the requirements of longterm retreaters, whom have worked together harmoniously serving Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche for 18 years.

“If we really want to have success, we should practice kindness every day, day and night, to sentient beings”

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised the centers of the need for serious meditators and the need to develop Lam Rim realizations for the benefit of all beings. Rinpoche highlights how a good number of the FPMT centers are now offering quality Buddhist Studies educational programs and we need long term meditators to develop insights and realisations.


“We need to have more retreat places to study the path.” Rinpoche remarked. “[FPMT] should have many around the world, so it is easy for people and they don’t have to travel very far, make them as perfect as possible for meditation. It is a very, very, very important project because the extensive study of philosophy is something that is already being done in the FPMT, however, meditating and actualising the lam-rim in retreat, that is something else. We really need the lam-rim realisations in the heart. It’s not easy to attain shiné, even for those who completely dedicate their lives to this.”

“The most important things for success are devotion and compassion: these are the cause of harmony.”

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Chandrakirti Meditation Centre

Chandrakirti Meditation Centre has been affiliated with FPMT for 18 years, with resident teacher Lharampa Geshe Jampa Tharchin and resident Sanga. Chandrakirti Centre offers the Basic Buddhist studies program along with a variety of Buddhist philosophy, mindfulness and meditation courses. His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited the center, consecrated the Stupa and opened and named Nalanda Meditation Hall in 2002.



The FPMT is an organization devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings. Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.


How you can help


Only as a result of accumulating Merit can we be successful in the financial and developmental aspects of Wish Fulfilling Land. Please do dedicate your prayers, practices, sutra readings and all virtuous activities to the success of Wish Fulfilling Land and the meditators doing the practice work. We know not everybody has the capacity to donate financially but we all have the ability to dedicate Merit.


We require benefactors, sponsors and friends to help us repay loans and support the initial development costs.


We are interested to hear from any meditators who would consider New Zealand for long retreat.

“We need to collect merit, to benefit sentient beings, to create good karma, then success will come.”

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

If you are interested to help fulfil Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoches vast vision enabling meditators to have real Lam-Rim realisations that will benefit the entire FPMT organisation and the whole world,
this is the opportunity!


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Phillipa Rutherford – Director

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