How we use your personal information

Avalokiteshvara Kadampa Buddhist Centre (charity no 81467 9429 RR0001) is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU), which is made up of many meditation centres throughout the world, together with our publishers Tharpa Publications.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. We will only store, use and disclose the information that we collect from you lawfully (in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998). When you sign up for a course or other event, to receive our newsletter, we may need to take information such as your name, home address, email address, and phone number. We will only use this information for such purposes, providing the course, event or newsletter that you have signed up for and for our records.

We may need to share your personal information with third parties who perform services on our behalf. However, we will not share your email address or other personal information with any other organization without your consent, unless we are required to do so by law.


If you have chosen to receive our newsletter, this will include details of upcoming meditation classes, events, news and opportunities – for example, to volunteer or to help financially – offered by Avalokiteshvara Kadampa Buddhist Centre, our National Temple, Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada and other NKT-IKBU meditation centres and Festivals. It may also include details of Buddhist books and other items offered by Tharpa Publications. Our email list is for AKBC use only and not shared with others.


Your membership information is used for our purposes only and not shared. We ask for a mimimum 3 month commitment for new members and after the 3 months, you can cancel your membership at any time by contacting You can set up recurring payments through paypal or you can pay monthly by interact Etransfer, whatever works for you.


All donations received online are processed securely through CanadaHelps or Paypal. If you donate through Canada Helps, you can download your tax receipt directly from Canada Helps. All donations received through interact eTransfer or Paypal are recorded by AKBC. We retain the information of full name and address in order to send you your tax receipt and for our records.

Event Tickets

Through the usage of Event Tickets information may be collected and stored within our website’s database.

If you create, submit, import, save, or publish event ticket information, as well as obtain RSVPs or purchase tickets to events, such information is retained in the local database:

  1. Attendees information (RSVPs and Tickets): name and email address
  2. Ticket information (RSVPs and Tickets): name, email address, and ticket number/SKU (via check-in page)
  3. Ticket purchaser information: name and email address
  4. Ticket purchaser billing address, which is collected through the use of PayPal

API Keys

We make use of certain API keys, in order to provide specific features. These API keys may include the following third party services: Google Maps and PayPal.

How Long You Retain this Data

All information (data) is retained in the local database indefinitely, unless otherwise deleted.

Where We Send Your Data

User information may be passed to these external services such as Google Maps or Paypal. These services may be located abroad.


For class tickets bought at Eventbrite or through Paypal on our site:

We will contact you if we need to cancel a class due to sickness or weather and give you the option to receive a refund or use the ticket for another class.

If you have alreadypurchased a ticket and are not able to attend, let us know before the class start if you would like to transfer that ticket to another class or if you would simply like a refund by sending an email to

If the class has already run generally the ticket is not refundable, but we want to see you at class, so contact us and we can look at transferring that ticket to a future class for you.

Other Sites

Our website, newsletter and other emails sometimes contain links to other websites. This Privacy Policy does not apply to other websites so, if you visit them, you should read their own privacy policies.

If you have any questions regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact our Administrative Director by email: