Vajrasattva Jenang & Retreat

Join us for this very special retreat experience!

4-11 June 2021

“We need a powerful purification practice like the tantric yoga method of  Vajrasattva to destroy both the energy forces of the ignorant mind and the negative actions of body and speech that arise from it.”

– Lama Thubten Yeshe


About Vajrasattva Practice

The Vajrasattva practice is said to be particularly powerful for freeing oursevles from negative thought patterns, emotions and behaviour. Unique to Tibetan Buddhism, the practice uses visualization, mantra, prayer and meditation to purify and let go of whatever holds back in our spiritual practice and our daily lives.

Whether you are already practicing in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition or new to it, this retreat offers a rare opportunity to undertake this powerful practice in a supportive retreat environment, with full instructions, guidance and personal support provided by retreat leader Ven. Khadro.

Everyone is welcome to attend Geshe Wangchen’s teachings and the Vajrasattva retreat, no prior experience required.
Participants may opt to join the weekend teachings, the retreat, or both. For those wishing to take the Vajrasattva initiation, please note that taking Refuge (formally becoming a Buddhist, or refreshing those vows if you have already taken them) and the Bodhisattva Vows are part of the ceremony. However, you can still do the Vajrasattva practice even if you do not attend the ceremony.

Outline schedule:


Friday 4th June

2-4pm: Arrival and check-in

4~5pm: Welcome Geshe Wangchen to Mahamudra

7pm: Guru Puja with Tsog

Saturday 5th June

10am-12noon: Teachings on The Foundation of All Good Qualities

2-4pm: Explanation of the benefits and practice of Single Vajrasattva

Sunday 6th June

6am: Precepts Ceremony (optional)

10am-12noon: Single Vajrasattva Jenang

2pm: Retreat with Venerable Khadro commences

~Further details of the daily retreat schedule will be announced in due course~

Friday 11th June

Retreat concludes


Suggested Reading:

The Preliminary Practice of Vajrasattva, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT booklet


Becoming Vajrasattva, The Tantric Path of Purification, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Wisdom Publications. 


Teachings From the Vajrasattva Retreat, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. 

Jenang & Teachings with Geshe Thupten Wangchen

5-6th June

Geshe Thupten Wangchen has kindly agreed to give the Jenang (“permission”) inititation of Single Vajrasattva.

Geshe-la will also offer teachings on The Foundation of All Good Qualities, a famous prayer by Lama Tsongkhapa covering the entire path to enlightenment, and an explanation on the Vajrasattva practice and its benefits, including time for question and answer.

Geshe-la has received a Lharampa Geshe or PHD degree and has been the resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute in Auckland since 2003. 

We are very fortunate to welcome Geshe-la to Mahamudra for this special event!

Click here to read more about Geshe Thupten Wangchen.

(Teachings & Jenang only)

Your investment is… 



This covers the centre’s facility fee and fully catered, healthy vegetarian meals (vegan / gluten free options are available).

Vajrasattva Retreat led by Venerable Thubten Khadro

6-11th June

Led by experienced retreat leader and FPMT teacher Venerable Thubten Khadro, this 5 day retreat will be a wonderful opportunity to deepen and integrate the Vajrasattva practice. 

Explanations will be given for those who are new to the practice, and there will be Q&A sessions as well optional personal interviews with Ven Khadro. The retreat will include periods of silence.

To read Ven. Khadro’s bio, click here.

(Retreat only)

Your investment is… 



This covers the centre’s facility fee and fully catered, healthy vegetarian meals (vegan / gluten free options are available).

Special Rate for those attending both the Jenang and the Retreat…

…just $600

This covers the centre’s facility fee and fully catered, healthy vegetarian meals (vegan / gluten free options are available).

Add Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Centre at an additional cost. When making your booking or booking enquiry, please let us know the type of accommodation you prefer and we will get back to you. (Please note that accommodation for group retreats cannot be booked directly through the online booking system on our Accommodation page.)

Accommodation - Prices per night

Camping per person (unpowered)                             $20

Dormitory per person (shared toilet facilities)         $32

Single room (shared toilet facilities)                         $55

Rustic single hut (shared toilet facilities)                 $55

Single cabin (self-contained)                                           $100

Double room (shared toilet facilities)                   $76 (for 2)

Double cabin (self- contained)                            $100 (for 2)

Triple room                                                               $94 (for 3)

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