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.

11 May: The Big Curry Night and Live Auction at the Colville Cafe

FINAL CURRYposterJoin us for a fun and social evening out at the Colville Cafe with delicious food and a live auction. Doors open for homemade vegetarian curry, delicious treats and to preview the items up for auction at 5:00pm with the live auction at 6:30pm. We’ll have lots of interesting items!

  • A weekend in one of Mahamudra Centre’s lovely retreat cabins for two
  • Meal and drink for two at Driving Creek Cafe
  • Photography by Sarah Brooks
  • Jewellery by Hannah White
  • A Shiatzu Massage from Ness Mack
  • A basket of relaxation treats
  • Lovely items from Colville’s Himalayan shop
  • and more!!!

BYO if you’d like to have an alcoholic drink, and please have a designated driver or drive responsibly for your and everyone’s safety.

Colville CafeProceeds from the auction help support our offering programmes at as low a cost as possible, and for free or donation basis to the community including daily guided morning meditation, weekly meditation in Coromandel, many courses and retreats, animal blessings, and more.

19-20 May: Relax and Recharge Weekend

Make the time to take care of yourself so you can be of more benefit to others.

Treat yourself or someone special to a peaceful weekend of body treatment, yoga, meditation, and homemade vegetarian meals. Take the time to unplug and recharge surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula. There’s plenty of time to wander off to visit the nearby beaches, read that book you’ve been wanting to read for a long time, hike nearby trails, or just do not much of anything!holiday-2120259_1280

The weekend includes guided beginners meditation by Spiritual Programme Coordinator, Sarah Brooks, a shiatsu massage by naturopath Ness Mack, yoga with local yoga teacher Kate Shelley. Finish with a leisurely lunch on Sunday before you head home with a happier mind and body.

Pre-registration essential: To register and enquire about accommodation, please fill out our booking form or call us at (0)7 866 6851. Special package price $180 all activities and meals all weekend (Breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday); accommodation extra. To spoil yourself or a friend the most, we recommend our self-contained cabins – very affordable for the Coromandel region – and an early arrival on Friday night. Optional dinner at 6:00pm on Friday can be added for $7.50. Gluten-free requests are an additional $6 for the weekend.

15 – 24 June: Riding the Waves of Life’s Ups and Downs with Ven. Robina Courtin

VRC 1 photo by Jane LewisLife is inevitably full of ups and downs – a process of constant change. We suffer because we try to chase and hold on to the good things, and avoid and get rid of anything we think is bad, while unable to see the big picture. Learn more about the Buddhist view of the causes of our suffering, and how to be happy by developing a kind, compassionate heart and a better understanding of the true nature of our reality.

Join us in welcoming back the dynamic Venerable Robina Courtin to Mahamudra Centre for this special event, sure to provide a strong dose of wisdom and compassion to take back into your daily life. Ven. Robina tours year-round teaching internationally, and her life story and work with prisoners was featured in the award-winning documentary Chasing Buddha. She recently edited the book by Lama Zopa Rinpoche How to Enjoy Death, and released a CD of devotional chanting. For more about Ven. Robina, see her website www.robinacourtin.com

Attendees can can choose from two packages: either the opening weekend, or the entire retreat.

First weekend only

Friday 15 June, 7:30pm – Sunday 17 June, 3:00pm

Includes delicious vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday 16th through lunch on Sunday 17th. Gluten-free meals avalabile for an extra $6. Dinner on Friday can be added for $7.50 with your booking, and is served at 6:00pm.

$160 meals and facility/materials fee, plus accommodation – accommodation priority is given to bookings for the entire retreat, so all weekend bookings will initially be in dorms ($28 a night) or camping ($18 a night) and can be upgraded at the time of the retreat if there is other accommodation available.

Full Retreat

Friday 15 June, 7:30pm – Sunday 24 June, lunch

Prices below include discounted accommodation, a low facility/materials fee, and delicious vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday 16th through lunch on Sunday 24th. Gluten-free meals avalabile for an extra $25. Dinner on Friday can be added for $7.50 with your booking, and is served at 6:00pm.

Large self-contained cabin (kitchenette and bathroom): single $1320 or double $1740 ($870 per person)

Single room or Tara cabin (separate group toilet/shower block) $763

Double room $630 per person

Dorm $565

Camping/camper van $499 (this time of year can be cold and damp, so tent camping allowed but not advised)

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.

25 Sept: 7:00pm Public Talk – The Art of the Mandala with Andy Weber

White_Tara_4abac01bf229aJoin us at 7:00pm for this free public talk on The Art of the Mandala in the meditation hall of Mahamudra Centre. This beautiful sacred art in Tibetan Buddhism is filled with symbolism and created with precise geometry and meaning. Internationally renowned artist Andy Weber will present an evening on the art of the mandala, a fascinating introduction to this meditative artistic practice. The talk is open to everyone, and serves as an introduction to the five-day drawing workshop that follows.

25 – 30 Sept: Drawing the Mandala of Tara with Andy Weber

Learning the sacred art of the Tibetan Buddhist mandala with a qualified teacher is a very rare opportunity, and we bring you internationally renowned Andy Weber who will lead this 5-day workshop on drawing the mandalas of the female Buddha Tara. In addition to learning the symbolism and hands-on techniques of drawing a mandala of Tara, over the weekend Andy will demonstrate the painting techniques so you can continue colouring your mandala at home.

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Mandala of White Tara – an example of Andy’s work and what will be taught in the workshop

Tara Mandala ( Tib: Droljang khyil.khor )
Born from the tears of Avalokitesvara, the buddha of compassion, Tara grants protection and relief from suffering.  According to the myth, Green Tara appeared to the right of Avalokitesvara as the principle of active compassion that overcomes obstacles. White Tara, whose devotional practices overcomes illness and extends one’s life span, sat to his left side. Called the “ mother of all buddhas,” she promises assistance when called upon. The three outer rings (fire, vajras, petals) of her mandala protect the inner sanctuary, her palace and the practitioner. Viewing the mandala is regarded as a personal blessing.

About the course

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Chittamani Tara mandala

Andy will guide students through the process of drawing the Mandala, either the Green or White Tara Mandala. For those students with Highest Yoga initiation he will instruct the Cittamani Tara Mandala. Meditation and mantra recitation will enhance and deepen the experience of this courses. He’ll provide hands-on-tuition to draw the mandala and share insight into painting techniques used to complete the works.
It is not the end result what matters but the path getting there.

Beginner’s course. No artistic talent/experience required; genuine interest in the subject is preferred.

25 Sept Tuesday 7:00pm free public talk on the Art of the Mandala and introduction to the course

26-30 Sept Weds – Sunday for registered course participants. Optional weekend-only package available for Friday night – Sunday.

Andy Weber photo from his website permitted to use

For more about Andy Weber and his artwork, visit his website andyweberstudios.com

Lists of materials students need to buy in advance and bring for the course:

DRAWING MATERIALS – required

PAINTING MATERIALS – optional

If you are traveling without a car and cannot bring a drawing board, please contact us and we can quote a price to buy it locally and provide it for you. Supplies are more expensive in our beautiful but remote location, so we recommend making the arrangements to bring everything with you.

Save the dates: Costs and registration details will be posted here as soon as possible. To receive updates on our programmes and registration openings, please subscribe to our email list.

Sept – Nov 2019 Vajrasattva Retreat with Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten

Vajrasattva

Give your life and mind the ultimate karmic detox. There is no negativity that cannot be purified with Vajrasattva and the four opponent powers.

It is said that we have achieved all the qualities—clairvoyance, psychic powers, the eight siddhis, common powers, etc.—countless times in the past, but they did not free us from the suffering of samsara, because we did not cease the cause of the suffering. Therfore we need to purify our mindstream and fully develop the mind that cherished others.

If you want others to love you, you must first love others. If you benefit others, naturally they will  benefit you. The cause and effect of karma is as simple as this.

The Vajrasattva purification practice, which is more powerful than negative karma, can prevent you from experiencing the problems that negative karma would otherwise bring you. Thus, the practice of purification is one of the most important solutions to our problems and is extremely necessary, even for people who believe that we have only one life. 

Doing Vajrasattva retreat is not simply about reciting the mantra and saying some prayers. It is about making the practice effective for your mind, making it the quickest, most powerful way to transform your mind. Experienced meditators have advised that, in general, it is more important to put your everyday life’s effort into the practice of purification. This is the way to attain spiritual realisation. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The traditional “preliminary” practices prepare the mind for successful tantric meditation by removing hindrances and accumulating merit. They are found in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are usually done 100,000 times each; the four main practices are recitation of the refuge formula, mandala offerings, prostrations and Vajrasattva mantra recitation. The one month Vajrasattva retreat and fire puja completes this practice and launches our future practice to deeper levels.

Ven Yonten in NZ HillsThe retreat will be led in a way that nurtures both solitary introspection and community support and is suitable for all sincere practitioners of Buddhism who have the Vajrasattva empowerment. Venerable Yönten will lead the retreat combining the traditional essentials of strict retreat together with flexibility to respond to the needs of the group. There will be teachings, practice resources, and optional discussion group time.

Specific dates will be posted as soon as possible. We hope to open the retreat with the opportunity for the initiation with a qualified teacher. There will be packages for either the full three-month retreat or one-month options.