Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity is a Buddhist Retreat center, offering visitors opportunities to reflect, meditate, listen to teachings, practice and actualize the un-mistaken teachings of the Buddha.
Visit our events calendar page for a summary of our events.
Visitors are welcome to drop in for our daily meditations (8.30-9am) in the Gompa or stroll our gardens or stay a bit longer as a guest making use of our accommodation options.
Our Universal Unity Shop is located in the Main House. Open 10am to 5pm daily. Drop in!
Open to Visitors 10am-3pm 27 March – 4 April
Guided Compassion Meditation 10:30am-12pm 27 & 28 March
Kids Activities 10:30am-12pm 3 & 4 April
Dissolution Ceremony: 10am-12noon 5 April
Sand Mandala is a unique Tibetan Buddhist art form that uses tiny grains of coloured sand to create an intricate design.
Each design takes days to create and uses millions of grains of sand.
The sand is placed in a brass funnel, and when tapped with a deer antler
horn, a stream of sand trickles out. The work of art is highly
symbolic. Each mandala has a specific design, colour and significance
which is memorised by the artists.
Mahamudra Centre, two Tibetan monks will create a Chenrezig Sand
Mandala. Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, is the manifestation of
enlightened compassionate energy (also known as Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit, Guanyin in Chinese). The Mandala represents the abode of Chenrezig, and is said to bring compassion, harmony, and peace into this world.
the work of art is fleeting – after finishing, the intricate mosaic
will be swept up in a closing ceremony and the grains of sand scattered
into Colville Bay. The meaning is to awaken in the mind an understanding
of the impermanent nature of material things. Pouring the sand into the
ocean also blesses the environment, and each grain of sand becomes a
seed of compassion in the world. This dissolution ceremony will be held
from 10am-12 noon, on Monday 5 April.
are most welcome to watch the monks at work and see the mandala taking
shape. Just drop in free of charge anytime between 10am-3pm, 27 March-4
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death. The object is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Attendance is free, with tea and snacks available for purchase. Everyone warmly welcome! Just drop in!
Join us in Whitianga for this special event with Venerable Khadro! This is open to everyone and ideal for beginners or those wanting to connect with like-minded people. Just drop in and bring your friends!
Tuesdays 13 April, 20 April, 27 April,4 May, 11 May
Retreats up Next....
16 - 18 April
23 - 26 April
21 - 26 May
28 June -15 July
Guru Puja with Tsog
5pm 8 March; 5pm 23 March; 4pm 6 April; 5pm 22 April; 4pm 6 May; 10am 21 May; 7pm 4 June; 4pm 20 June
10:30am-12pm 27 March; 10:30am-12pm 28 March
Currently we have Venerable Thubten Khadro visiting Mahamudra. Venerable Khadro is a qualified NZ Buddhist Hospice and Healthcare Chaplain, the NZ Buddhist Council and while here at Mahamudra Centre is available to those in need. If you wish to meet with her please complete an enquiry form providing as much information as possible.
Cross Organisational Support and Services
Like-minded organizations and groups can also rent our facilities. You do not have to be a Buddhist to visit or participate in activities – everyone is welcome! For more information please complete an enquiry form.