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.

3-5 June: The Mind’s Buddha Nature: The Tathagata Essence with Geshe Wangchen

In Buddhism, all sentient beings are considered equal because we have the same Buddha nature – all of our minds can be developed to their full potential of perfect wisdom and compassion, known as enlightenment. So what is the logic behind this theory? Mahamudra Centre is thrilled to welcome back Geshe Thupten Wangchen, resident teacher of Dorje Chang Institute, as he explains Buddha nature by giving commentary on Maitreya’s Sublime Continuum of the Mahayana – First Chapter: The Tathagata Essence. The text will be provided for course participants.

Geshe Wangchen teaching at Chenrezig retreatPre-requisite: This is an intermediate weekend course – students should already be familiar with the basic foundations of Buddhism/the lamrim. It is also an opportunity for FPMT’s Basic Program students to go more in depth on this subject.

Bookings essential before 28 May. Course begins at 9:45am Saturday morning and finishes with lunch on Monday. $175 includes facility fee and meals from lunch Saturday through lunch Monday; accommodation extra.

We recommend people travelling from Auckland and beyond arive Friday before dinner at 6:00pm to have time to check-in during our office hours and settle before the course begins.

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

Saka Dawa – Holy Day

Anniversary of Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (or, according to Geshe Dakpa et al, only the latter two).

Special events schedule – open to the public

  • 6:45am Eight Mahayana Precepts by request – please contact us if you would like to come
  • 8:30am Guided Meditation
  • 9:00am Vajra Cutter Sutra and Sutra Remembering the Three Jewels recitations for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Long Life and for merit
  • 4:00pm Medicine Buddha Puja for peace, health, and those who have recently died

Anyone can sponsor a puja or sponsor special practices on holy days to benefit a loved one or help remove obstacles. A suggested donation of $50 is recommended for pujas to help cover the altar offerings of food or flowers, as well as offerings to the monks and nuns who attend to help perform the pujas.

You can make a sponsorship in any amount by bank transfer, cash or card on site, or online through our GiveALittle page. In the comment field, please provide your personal dedication, which will be read aloud at the end of the puja along with your name as the donor (or anonymous if preferred). The site charges a 5% fee, so you might like to add that to the total amount so we get your full intended donation.

The end of pujas are also a very auspicious time for attendees to make offerings to the monks and nuns. Typically this is done at the end of a puja (usually during the Auspicious Verses) by placing envelopes of cash of any amount on the desk of each sangha member. This is done as a practice of generosity, gratitude to the people who dedicate their lives to the study and practice of Dharma for our benefit, and understanding about the merit of making offerings to someone who holds the vows of the sangha member.

Can’t join us? You can find more about practices you can do on holy days as advised by our spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche on FPMT’s website at http://fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/advice/sakadawa/

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

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

Sangha are offered highly discounted rates. 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.

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)

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 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.