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.

24-26 March: Mindfulness for Beginners

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There are many benefits to developing mindfulness through meditation, including more focus, pleasant physical states, and a calmer basis for emotions. Applied correctly, mindfulness is also practiced as a basis for developing positive states of mind like loving kindness. In this weekend course, learn different ways of practicing mindfulness both on the cushion and in daily life. Much of the weekend will be silent practice – a chance to turn inward and be in the moment. Beginner level course led by Sarah Brooks.

$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 17 March. To register, please fill out our online booking form or call 07 866 6851.

13-18 April: FPMT Foundation Service Seminar

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FPMT Foundation Service Seminar

The Foundation Service Seminar (FSS) explores how to best offer our skills and qualities in service. We investigate the purpose and mission of FPMT, what it means to be an FPMT center, and how that vision translates into action for centers, projects, and individuals.

We explore our relationship to resources – both material and human; communication skills and conflict resolution; teaching according to the level of the student; ways to maintain and develop our personal practice in the midst of service, and methods to prevent and cure burnout. We discuss service in terms of Guru devotion, karma, compassion, and emptiness, and how to draw strength, inspiration, wisdom, and guidance from these practices.

We use the Inner Job Description, a tool for developing what Lama Zopa Rinpoche calls the “inner professional” (read a teaching on the inner professional), and integrate the Dharma into our daily lives. The training includes group discussion and sharing of experiences, and includes daily meditations as well as group practice as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

The workshop will be facilitated by François Lecointre, Director of Institut Vajra Yogini, and Sarah Brooks, Spiritual Programme Coordinator of Mahamudra Centre.

Who Should Come?

This seminar is fantastic training for anyone offering service in an FPMT centre, project or group, as well as reinvigorating for those who have been already serving for some time. Whether you are the cook or a board/trustee member, this seminar helps connect you with the bigger FPMT family and provides many of the answers about how the organization developed and works together.

Schedule and Travel

Arrivals for the seminar are on Thursday the 13th. We recommend arriving in time for dinner at 6:00pm, and we’ll have a mandatory introductory session at 7:30pm. We are located in a remote part of the countryside, so it’s good to get checked in a settled before dark if possible. The seminar is five full days, running until 4:00pm on the 18th. We’ll help coordinate possible ride shares with people driving to and from Auckland by car, but be aware those details generally can’t be confirmed till close to the date. Depending on your travel arrangements you may want to book an extra night with meals and leave on the 19th (note: the ferry does not run on the 19th, so you will need to book a bus or shuttle for public transport). Options and contact details for transport are on our Getting Here page.

Costs and Registration

To make this training available to anyone who wants to come, we are offering it on a purely donation basis. We hope that this will inspire your generosity at whatever level you can afford to help the centre cover costs.

We’ll be assigning accommodation based on a number of factors, including health issues, sangha and seniority, and timing of applications. We only have a couple of cabins available, so most people will be in single or double/triple rooms with a shared bathroom and shower facility. We will put everyone in the best possible options and let you know closer to the date of the seminar which type of room you were assigned.

To register, please download and read the below form, and return the application by email as indicated on the form before 1 April, 2017.

Download FSS Application (Word)

Download FSS Application (PDF)

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The FSS at Land of Medicine Buddha in February 2017. François and Sarah were among the co-facilitators.

24 April-7 May: Insight Meditation with Ven. Antonio Satta

antonio_13Mahamudra Centre is honoured to host again visiting teacher Venerable Antonio Satta for a 2-week Insight Meditation (Shamata, Vipassana and Basic Mahamudra) retreat, 24 April – 7 May, 2017. This intensive meditation course is a precious opportunity to really train and tame the mind.

With Shamata we calm the mind. With Insight we know why the mind is not calm.

For details, cost, and registration please go to the retreat page. This retreat is likely to fill quickly, so book early for your choice of accommodation. Registration closes on 15 March.

24 Sept – 8 Oct: 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.

A schedule and registration details will be available as soon as possible. Sign up on our email list for announcements about when registration opens and other programmes.

5-25 November: 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 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

A schedule and registration details will be available as soon as possible. Sign up on our email list for announcements about when registration opens and other programmes.

Save the dates!

5-20 January, 2018: *Complete Lam Rim Retreat

15LifeLmTsngkpaMThe 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.Ven Yonten at beach

A schedule and registration details will be available as soon as possible. Sign up on our email list for announcements about when registration opens and other programmes.