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!

View our latest newsletter here.

Fearless Compassion

An Online Retreat with Venerable Robina

7 – 8 November 2020

Discover the inner strength and resiliency that comes from true compassion. Often we associate compassion with passivity, but in fact, true compassion is powerful. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says “The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.”

Return to Gandhi Road - Movie Night

6:30pm Saturday 14 November At Colville Community Hall

Includes film screening and Q&A with the filmmaker ~ $10 tickets on the door

About the film:

Return to Gandhi Road is a New Zealand-made film on the extraordinary life story of Kangyur Rinpoche and of the select few Westerners who discovered him in Darjeeling India in the early 1970’s. Told through the eyes of one of Kangyur Rinpoche’s first Western students, New Zealander Kim Hegan, will trace the journey he made from New Zealand to Darjeeling 45 years earlier, to tell Rinpoche’s story.

About the film-maker: 

The film is directed by New Zealander Yeshe Hegan. The film is told by her father Kim Hegan. Yeshe lives locally in Thames and will be here on the night for question and answers. 

Join us for an interesting evening!

Accommodation available at Mahamudra Retreat Centre for Saturday night.

Death Cafe

7pm Wednesday 18 November 

At the Foragers Cafe, Colville

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.

Everyone warmly welcome!

Interfaith - Community Day


10:30am Sunday 13 December

Join us for this a day of connection, harmony, and prayers for world peace! Each faith will share a prayer, followed by a community lunch offered by Mahamudra Centre. If you would like to represent your faith – please get in touch by emailing We would love to have you share a prayer/song/poem/practice from your faith. 

Everyone warmly welcome!

Retreats up Next....

21 - 29 November

Practice together...

Practice Days are open to everyone. Come along for the whole day program or just a session. 

We do not charge for practice days, but donations and contributions towards offerings are always welcome so we can continue to make events available at Mahamudra.

Practice Days* 

     Lhabab Duchen (Buddha’s Descent from God Realm of 33) 7pm-8pm 7 November: Sutra Reading

New Year Resolution & Last Year Purification Days     Kick start the new year! Friday 1 January 2021; Saturday 2 January 2021; Sunday 3 January 2021 ~ Join one session, one day, or all sessions. Accommodation options available!                    

Guru Puja with Tsog

5pm Tuesday 10 November; 10am Thursday 10 December (extensive Tsog to celebrate Lama Tsong Khapa Day!) 

Medicine Buddha Puja

Saturday 31 October 10am-11am

Other services

Spiritual Support

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 and enquiry form

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