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.

18-20 August: Mindfulness for Beginners

live-the-moment-free-use-pixabayThere are many benefits to developing mindfulness through meditation, including more focus, pleasant physical states, and a calmer basis for emotions. Applied correctly, mindfulness is practiced as a basis for developing positive states of mind like loving kindness and compassion. In this weekend course, learn different ways of practicing mindfulness both on the cushion and in daily life. The sessions will be instruction, discussion, and brief meditations specifically for beginners. Meals and breaks will be spent in silent practice – a chance to turn inward and be in the moment. Beginning level course led by Sarah Brooks. sarah-nz-headshot

Click here to view and download the weekend schedule.

$160 course fee and meals; plus accommodation. Course begins 6:00pm on Friday with dinner followed by an evening session, and ends at 2:30pm Sunday.

Pre-registration essential by 12 August. To register, please fill out our online booking form or call 07 866 6851.

What past participants said about this course:

“I found it very interesting to gain insight into meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhism. It made me realise that meditation is not easy and it takes a lot of practice but you can achieve so much through it. Even if not everyone will be able to keep practising, it is good to know about it and start to become mindful in everyday life. I could describe the content of the course as inspirational, beautiful, peaceful and powerful.”

“A very informative course providing practical ways to use mindfulness in everyday life. (Ideal for curious beginners like me!)”

Interested in a weekend of full silence practicing mindfulness? Try our Mindfulness Weekend Retreat 8-10 September. There will be much less instruction – the time will be focused on meditation to look inward and practicing mindfulness on the cushion, walking, eating, and in everything you do.

8-10 Sept: Mindfulness Weekend Retreat

personal-growth-2268884_1920Spend the weekend in silent practice to look inward and practice mindfulness on the cushion, walking, eating, and in everything you do. There are many benefits to developing mindfulness, including more focus, pleasant physical states, and a calmer basis for emotions. Applied correctly, mindfulness is practiced as a basis for developing positive states of mind like loving kindness and compassion. Some previous experience with meditation is recommended even though this is a beginning level retreat. Led by Sarah Brooks.sarah-nz-headshot

Participants will be required to turn in their cell phones and electronic devices by the beginning of the retreat and will have them returned Sunday lunch. Please plan to be out of touch from work, family and friends for the duration of the retreat to help create the conditions to have silent contemplation in retreat for yourself and those around you. You will find a small travel alarm clock or watch to helpful to keep the time over the weekend.

$160 course fee and meals; plus accommodation. Course begins 6:00pm on Friday with dinner followed by an evening session, and ends at 2:30pm Sunday.

Pre-registration essential by 2 September. To register, please fill out our online booking form or call 07 866 6851.

Interested but need to learn more about meditation first? Try our Mindfulness for Beginners course on 18-20 August.

24 Sept – 15 Oct, 2017: Vajrayogini Approach Retreat

Fire right sideFire left sideThis retreat will rely on Vajrayogini practice in the Naro Kachö tradition, according to the lineage pf the great mahasiddha Naropa and usin gthe sadhana compased by Kyabje Pabongkha Rinpoche called The Quick Path to Great Bliss.

The practice is unique in many ways, including practices similar to those of the completion stage as well as including the eleven yogas of the generation stage.

Pre-requisites: Only open to students who have Vajrayogini initiation.

Includes fire puja and self-empowerment for those who have maintained their commitments since the initiation and fulfill the retreat requirements.

fullsizeoutput_403Led by Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten. In addition to her lovely chanting voice, Ven. Yönten provides extensive support for retreatants with detailed visual aids and discussions throughout the retreat.

Prices are in NZD

*Sangha are offered highly discounted rates. Also a limited number of discounted scholarships are available for anyone in need of financial support to attend the retreat. Find the details in the below application packet. Since this is a Highest Yoga Tantra retreat, participants are staying in rooms as singles as part of the retreat guidelines.

Chenrezig Cabin (largest cabin, single only)  $ 1610

Single smaller Cabins  $ 1480

Tara Cabin (outhouse/shared bathroom) $ 1240

Single Room (shared bathroom) $ 1240*

Camping (van/caravan recommended rather than tent) $ 700

Details and retreat application

Please download the application and follow the instructions to apply to attend the retreat.

Vajrayogini retreat info and application 2017 (Word document)

Vajrayogini retreat info and application 2017 (PDF)

21-23 October: Mindful Photography

Landscape PhotographyThe coast and hills of the Coromandel Peninsula are the perfect setting for nature and landscape photography. This course will explore both the skills of photography as well as the concept of mindfulness in the creative process and everyday life. We’ll have time for shooting in the lovely beaches and hills, group demonstrations and discussion about composition and editing, and opportunities for individual tutoring. You’ll be challenged with creative assignments to try new ways of shooting. In addition, we’ll have opportunities for mindfulness meditation and to explore the benefits of developing mindfulness as a practice while doing photography and other activities.

Aimed at amateur photographers – bring any digital camera, a laptop for editing, a way to transfer your photos to USB, and, if you have any, additional equipment like tripods. Good tramping shoes a must!

At 1:30pm on Monday we’ll have a reception with a slideshow of photography from the weekend to showcase all the participant’s favourite photos.

sarah-nz-headshotLed by Sarah Brooks, who holds a BA cum laude in Art and has a professional landscape photography business, Sarah Brooks Photography. She is also the Spiritual Programme Coordinator at Mahamudra Centre so regularly leads meditation sessions and courses.

Pre-registration essential by 14 Oct. Course begins at 10:00am on Saturday and runs through 2:30pm Monday. Includes delicious homemade vegetarian meals from lunch on Saturday through lunch on Monday. Course and meals fee $175; plus accommodation.

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

Amodeo Bay Sunset by Sarah Brooks

Amodeo Bay in the Evening Light

Waterfall edited closeup

Pothole Falls in Colville

5-25 November, 2017: Yamantaka Solitary Hero Approach Retreat

Yamantaka practice is known for being exceptional in increasing our wisdom and knowledge as well as to cut through obstacles both outer and inner. The wrathful, fierce aspect of Manjushri, this practice also transforms anger and supports the development of intelligence, memory and clarity.

fire croppedPre-requisites: Only open to students who have Yamantaka Solitary Hero initiation.

Includes fire puja and self-empowerment for those who have maintained their commitments since the initiation and fulfill the retreat requirements.

Led by Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten. In addition to her lovely chanting voice, Ven. Yönten provides extensive support for retreatants with detailed visual aids and discussions throughout the retreat.Ven Yonten in NZ Hills

Prices are in NZD

*Sangha are offered highly discounted rates. Also a limited number of discounted scholarships are available for anyone in need of financial support to attend the retreat. Find the details in the below application packet. Since this is a Highest Yoga Tantra retreat, participants are staying in rooms as singles as part of the retreat guidelines.

Chenrezig Cabin (single only)  $ 1610

Single smaller Cabins (2 avail) $ 1480

Tara Cabin (outhouse/shared bathroom) $ 1240

Single Room (shared bathroom) $ 1240*

Camping (van/caravan recommended rather than tent) $ 700

Details and retreat application

Please download the application and follow the instructions to apply to attend the retreat.

Yamantaka retreat info and application 2017 (Word document)

Yamantaka retreat info and application 2017 (PDF)

 

5-21 January, 2018: *Complete Lam Rim Retreat

15LifeLmTsngkpaMNote – we extended the retreat by a day to 21 January to allow for another full three-day lamrim cycle (see schedule below).

The skilfully organized linear and concise format of the Lam Rim Chen Mo by Lama Tsong Khapa has been relied on by centuries of practitioners seeking the means of awakening. Join us for a rare opportunity to experience all the main teachings and accompanying meditations of the entire path to enlightenment, or join us for a “mini retreat” of one of the 3 Scopes. While this is an intermediate/advanced retreat, everyone is welcome to attend any of the 3 Scopes.

Led by Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten. For a sample of what to expect, listen to these Lam Rim Meditations from Ven. Yönten’s weekend course here in February of 2017.

*The retreat is “complete” because it is a rare opportunity to experience all the main teachings and acccompanying meditations of the entire path to enlightenment as clarified by Lama Tsong Khapa.
 
It is also “complete” in the sense that it includes all of the requirements of the two-week Lam Rim retreat which students of FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism course need in order to complete the program.

Lamrim Retreat Schedule

(Click here to download the Lamrim Retreat Schedule 2018)

Friday, 5 January

  • Arrivals and time to settle for retreat – please arrive by 4:00pm
  • 6:00-6:45 Dinner
  • 7:00pm Welcome and introduction to the retreat

3-Day Cycles Lam Rim Meditations

  • 6-8 January
  • 9-11 January
  • 12-14 January
  • 15-17 January
  • 18-20 January

DAY ONEVen Yonten at beach

  • 5:30am Precepts (optional)
  • 6:00 Break
  • 6:30-7:15 Morning Prayers w/prostrations to 35 Buddhas
  • 7:15-8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Break
  • 8:30-9:15 Shakyamuni Buddha Guru Yoga1 w/ precious human rebirth
  • 9:30-10:15 Impermance and Death
  • 10:30-11:15 Death dissolution
  • 11:15 Break
  • 12:00-12:45pm Lunch
  • 12:45 Break
  • 2:00-2:45 Discussion
  • 3:00-3:45 Suffering of the Lower Realms – hells
  • 4:00-4:45 Suffering of the Lower Realms – pretas
  • 4:45-5:15 Tea Break
  • 5:15-6:00 Suffering of the Lower Realms – animals
  • 6:00-6:45 Dinner
  • 7:00-7:45 Refuge
  • 8:00-8:45 Karma – Four principles of karma
  • Short Vajrasattva Practice with Four Opponent Powers

DAY TWO

  • 5:30am Precepts (optional)
  • 6:00 Break
  • 6:30-7:15 Morning Prayers w/prostrations to 35 Buddhas
  • 7:15-8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Break
  • 8:30-9:15 Shakyamuni Guru Yoga w/ precious human rebirth
  • 9:30-10:15 Karma – Ten non-virtues and their results
  • 10:30-11:15 Suffering of the Upper Realms – humans
  • 11:15 Break
  • 12:00-12:45pm Lunch
  • 12:45 Break
  • 2:00-2:45 Discussion
  • 3:00-3:45 Suffering of upper realms – devas and demi-gods
  • 4:00-4:45 General sufferings of samsara – eight, six ,or three2
  • 4:45-5:15 Tea Break
  • 5:15-6:00 Four Noble Truths
  • 6:00-6:45 Dinner
  • 7:00-7:45 Wheel of life
  • 8:00-8:45 Generating the mind of renunciation
  • Short Vajrasattva Practice with Four Opponent Powers

DAY THREE

  • 5:30am Precepts (optional)
  • 6:00 Break
  • 6:30-7:15 Morning prayers w/ prostrations to 35 Buddhas
  • 7:15-8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Break
  • 8:30-9:15 Shakyamuni Buddha Guru Yoga w/ precious human rebirth
  • 9:30-10:15 Equanimity
  • 10:30-11:15 Bodhichitta – 7 cause and effect
  • 11:15 Break
  • 12:00-12:45pm Lunch
  • 12:45 Break
  • 2:00-2:45pm Discussion
  • 3:00-3:45 Equalizing and exchanging self w/others
  • 4:00-4:45 Tong-len
  • 4:45 Tea Break
  • 5:15-6:00 Concentration
  • 6:00-6:45 Dinner
  • 7:00-7:45 Emptiness
  • 8:00-8:45 Short Vajrasattva Practice with Four Opponent Powers
  • King of Prayers (and Dedications on final day of retreat)

Sunday, 21 January

  • 7:15-8:00 Breakfast
  • Departures*

*Additional meals and nights can be purchased to extend your stay.

Costs

Prices (in NZD)

Entire 2-week retreat

Single cabin $1299

Tara cabin (outhouse/shared bathroom) $1099

Single room $1099

Double room $999

Dorm room $849

Camping $700

Any three day cycle

$195 course and meals for the three days plus breakfast the following morning; accommodation additional. Shared dorm rate $28 per night. This same rate applies to each three-day cycle if attending more than one.

Guests coming for three-day cycles will be put in shared dorm rooms (triple or quads), and if requested upgraded at the time of the retreat if single rooms or cabins were not booked by people attending the entire retreat.

To register – please use our booking form or call us at +64 (0)7 866 6851.