Below are detailed listings of our upcoming events, or you can see our Events Calendar. We encourage you to try our courses if you have an interest in learning about your mind, finding true happiness, and developing a good heart.

Costs are set as low as possible to meet expenses, and we never want money to be an obstacle for people to practise the Dharma. We offer these courses on a donation basis to the local community, and have live-in volunteer positions as a way to offer service and have free access to courses. All monks and nuns are offered reduced rates. If you have the means, consider donating to help us continue to make the Dharma accessible to everyone.

1-3 Dec: The Mind and Mindfulness Course

mindfulness-731846Mindfulness is now a nearly universal aspiration for everyone trying to live a more intentional life. Easier said than done, isn’t it? Learn the skills that support mindfulness in your daily life as well as techniques for bringing deeper levels of mindfulness into your meditations. This in-depth and experiential course requires no previous training in meditation.

7:30pm Friday Public Talk on Mind and Mindfulness – open to everyoney-head-to-toe

8:30am Saturday – Sunday 3:30pm for registered course participants

Beginner level course led by Venerable Lozang Yönten. For a taste of her teaching on mindfuless, check out this video on our YouTube channel.

To Register

Pre-registration essential by 26 November. $150 includes course facility and materials fee and homemade vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Accommodation available – see the cabin and room or camping options and prices.

To register and enquire about accommodation, please fill out our online booking form or call us at (0)7 866 6851.

If you are arriving outside of our office hours (9:30am – 5:00pm) please tell us your plans so we can make arrangements to check you in. If you’re coming from out of town, we find guests have the best experience when arriving before dark. Arrivals on Friday evening can pre-order dinner, served at 6:00pm, for an additional $7.50 (please give at least 24 hours notice).

7 – 21 Dec (Thursdays): The Road to Recovery: Burnout and Fatigue Prevention and Recovery from a Buddhist Perspective

Mental fatigue and exhaustion are common but most people are unaware of how it occurs or what can be done to prevent it. Join this workshop series in Coromandel Town to learn how to combat fatigue, encourage physical energy and vitality and change habits that drain your energy.

burnout-2326686Venerable Lozang Yönten will run three workshops that explore ideas about where mental fatigue comes from and what we can do to prevent it, drawing from Buddhist principles. The sessions are Thursday afternoons from 2:00-3:30pm at the Anglican Church Hall (170 Tiki Rd.) in Coromandel Town and cover:Ven Yonten in NZ Hills

  • 7 Dec. Finding Momentum and Continuity
  • 14 Dec. Overcoming Obstacles to Energy
  • 21 Dec. Connecting with Contentment

You can attend any week since each session can stand alone, but you will gain maximum benefit from attendance at all three. These workshops will be presented on a koha/donation basis to make them available to everyone in the community. Refreshments provided.

9 – 10 Dec: Health and Long Life Retreat

Medicine Buddha thangka Mahamudra Centre free use

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In Buddhism, the purpose of caring for ourselves and our bodies is so that we can have the resilience and energy to care for others and have time to practice our spiritual path. This weekend retreat will focus on meditation and Buddhist practices for health and long life, including Medicine Buddha for health and White Tara for long life. These are beginner/intermediate level practices with instruction and discussion led by Venerable Lozang Yönten, open to everyone who has an interest or background in Buddhism.

Ven Yonten in NZ HillsArrivals are on Friday for out-of-town guests staying in our accommodation, with the first session at 8:30am Saturday morning through 3:30pm on Sunday.

To Register

Pre-registration essential by 1 December. $150 includes course facility and materials fee and homemade vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Accommodation available – see the cabin and room or camping options and prices.

To register and enquire about accommodation, please fill out our online booking form or call us at (0)7 866 6851.

If you are arriving outside of our office hours (9:30am – 5:00pm) please tell us your plans so we can make arrangements to check you in. If you’re coming from out of town, we find guests have the best experience when arriving before dark. Arrivals on Friday evening can pre-order dinner, served at 6:00pm, for an additional $7.50 (please give at least 24 hours notice).

12 Dec: Lama Tsong Khapa Holy Day

15LifeLmTsngkpaMLama Tsong Khapa Day honours one of the great teachers and founder of the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It’s an especially auspicious day to do practice, so we’ll have opportunities throughout the day to purify, create merit, and deepen practice.

A full schedule is below – drop in anytime. Use our donation page if you’d like to sponsor (in any amount) any of the day’s practices, animals to bless and release, or puja and altar offerings, and include in the notes if you’d like us to make a special dedication.

  • 5:00 – 6:00am Eight Mahayana Ethical Precepts
  • 8:00-8:30am Guided meditation
  • 8:30-9:30am Sutra recitation
  • 4:00-5:00pm Animal Blessings and Liberation – Bring your pet or animals (safely contained or controlled) to be blessed by special prayers and relics – To create the causes for a long, healthy life to practice your spiritual path, sponsor animals we’ll buy that would normally be killed to be released back into their natural environment.
  • 7:00pm Presentation of Lama Tsong Khapa stories followed by Guru puja with tsog

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    Our last animal blessing – benefitting all creatures great and small!

24 Dec: A Compassionate Christmas

7:00pm Tara Sanctuary, Mana Retreat Centre

Mana_Sanctuary-WEBJoin us at for a lovely interfaith celebration of Christmas as we join together with Mana Retreat to honor the holiday spirit of love and compassion. Attendees are invited to participate by sharing poetry, song, or other heartfelt contributions to the service. After the service we’ll enjoy social time over desserts and refreshments kindly provided by Mana.

The service will start at 7:00pm at the stunning and peaceful Tara Sanctuary. Plan to meet at 6:30pm at the parking lot at Mana Retreat Centre, and then we will walk up together to the Sanctuary. Anyone who cannot climb the hill is welcome to drive all the way up to the sanctuary, where there is limited parking available (note the Tara Sanctuary drive is close but separate from Mana’s drive off of Manaia Road/Rt. 25). Directions to Mana Retreat Centre (located on Rt. 25 between Thames and Coromandel Town): http://manaretreat.com/your-stay/getting-here/ Compassionate Christmas

28 Dec – 1 Jan: Breaking Bad Habits Retreat

As the new year approaches, it’s often a time of reflecting on our bad habits and setting resolutions for new ones. Yet sometimes we feel so driven by our habits, it’s almost as if we have no choice even if we want to do the right or healthy thing. Whether it’s eating too many sweets or reacting toodomino-665547_1280 quickly with anger, it’s a strong habit because that’s what we’ve practiced. The good news is we can change if we practice the right antidotes. Through instruction and meditation, learn practical skills from Buddhism, a psychology of the mind, to use loving kindness, compassion, and other positive states of mind to overcome old bad habits. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to use the techniques – just take what works best for you!

On New Year’s Eve, the 7:00pm session will be open to anyone who’d like to attend the Dorje Khadro fire puja. Dorje Khadro is a Buddha who, out of compassion, takes on our negativities through this ritual where we offer black sesame seeds that represent our negative karma (from past actions) that are burned up in the puja. There are no pre-requisites to attend, but it is most meaningful for those who have a background or refuge in Buddhism.

Beginner level retreat led by Venerable Lozang Yönten.

Click here to view and download the schedule.

Pre-registration required. $220 course fee and meals; plus accommodation. Course starts at 6:00pm Thursday with dinner and runs through 3:30pm Monday.

To register, please submit our online booking form or call 07 866 6851.

If you are arriving outside of our office hours (9:30am – 5:00pm) please tell us your plans so we can make arrangements to check you in. If you’re coming from out of town, we find guests have the best experience when arriving before dark.