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3 Day Weekend "How Do I Exist? How Do Things Exist?" Meditation Retreat in Colville, North Island
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(No availability) 3 Day Weekend "How Do I Exist? How Do Things Exist?" Meditation Retreat in Colville, North Island

Mahamudra Centre, 2183 Colville Road, Colville, New Zealand

Buddhist Perspective Meditation Retreat New Zealand

This course will explore the Tibetan Buddhist view on reality, through the explanation of emptiness and the interconnection of all things. You will discuss how things really exist and why they exist in that way. Understanding this profound topic will help you to have clarity and insight into your life and your relationships, and will provide you with tools to embrace your experiences with wisdom and a sound and accurate perspective. Insight into reality is the most powerful practice to eradicate your ignorance and negative emotions from the root.

Meet the instructors

Venerable Thubten Khadro
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Highlights

  • Teachings, discussion, and meditation sessions
  • Course led by international teacher Venerable Khadro
  • Gain insight into the nature of reality from a Buddhist perspective
  • Idyllic remote rural setting in the far north of Coromandel
  • Learn how to apply the insight in your daily life
  • Delicious vegetarian meals
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin)
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Auckland Airport (US$107 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Mahamudra Centre is situated on 8 acres in the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. They offer various accommodation options to fit any budget (more details below). Total indoor capacity is 30 beds, and camping is also available.

The meditation hall is always open. The community building has a lounge, dining tables, library and outdoor sitting areas, as well as a small shop which is open during office hours.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped with lawns, flower and vegetable gardens, fruit trees, bamboo and other trees native to New Zealand.

Accommodation options include self-contained cabins, private rooms, shared rooms, and camping facilities.

Single, double, and triple rooms

The rooms are housed in the same building as the Gompa (meditation hall). Guests enjoy a peaceful natural environment surrounded by views of beautiful hillsides. There is a clean and modern shared toilets / showers facility. Heaters are provided in all rooms in winter.

Dorms

The three-bed female and male dorms are housed in the same building as the Gompa (meditation hall). Guests enjoy a peaceful natural environment surrounded by views of beautiful gardens. There is a clean and modern shared toilets / showers facility. Heaters are provided in all rooms in winter.

Private cabins

The self-contained cabins (with private bathroom and kitchenette) are ideal for individuals who wish to be supported in personal retreat, or to enjoy more privacy during a group retreat. It is also a lovely and affordable way to experience this peaceful environment and vacation in the beautiful Coromandel region. Several single and one double occupancy cabin are available. Heaters are provided in all the cabins.

Camping

Tents, campervans, and small buses can be pitched / parked in the open grounds near the Gompa (the meditation hall). Campers enjoy a peaceful natural environment surrounded by views of beautiful hillsides. There is a clean and modern shared toilets / showers facility. No hook-ups available, but devices may be charged in the lounge in the community building.

Program

Sample daily schedule

Friday

  • 13:00 - 16:00 Arrivals and registrations
  • 16:00 Introductory talk by spiritual program coordinator
  • 16:30 Participants introduction and course introduction with Ven Khadro
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening meditation with Ven Khadro

Saturday

  • 07:30 Morning meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 1st session
  • 10:30 Tea break
  • 10:50 2nd session
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:15 Discussion group
  • 14:15 Tea break
  • 14:40 3rd session
  • 16:00 Break
  • 16:20 4th session
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening meditation

Sunday

  • 07:30 Morning meditation
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 1st session
  • 10:30 Tea break
  • 10:50 2nd session
  • 12:00 End of course and lunch

Instructors

Venerable Thubten Khadro

Location

This retreat takes place in a stunning rural location close to golden sand beaches, hiking trails and native bush, in the far north of the Coromandel. Enjoy a beautiful car trip or ferry journey from Auckland.

Food

Delicious vegetarian buffet-style meals are provided. The centre can cater for gluten-free, vegan, and other dietary requirements on request - please specify when booking. The main meal is served at lunch time, with a lighter meal of soup and toast in the evening.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Instruction and guided meditations
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Meals and drinks
  • Facilities fee

What's not included

  • Transportation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Auckland

  • Take the Southern Motorway heading towards Hamilton.
  • Turn left from Highway 1 onto Highway 2 (towards Mangatawhiri), then take Highway 25 towards Thames.
  • Pass through Thames and follow the signs to Coromandel, drive through the Township and then head towards Colville.
  • The Mahamudra Centre is clearly signposted on the left just before you enter Colville.

The trip from Auckland to Mahamudra takes approximately three and a half hours. Half the drive is over beautiful and winding coastal roads. The advantage of having a car means flexibility to see the many amazing attractions in the Coromandel Peninsula.

If you are driving from elsewhere in New Zealand, head for Thames then follow the above directions. If you are driving up for a course or retreat and are willing to share rides, please let Mahamudra know when you are registering. It can be a huge help to other participants!

Arrival by air

Please book your flight to arrive at Auckland Airport (AKL). Airport transfer is not included in the price, but may be available for an additional cost - please contact Mahamudra for details. For onward travel by bus, see below.

Arrival by public bus

There is one daily bus from Thames to Coromandel town, leaving in the morning. See the website for latest timetables, and for connections to Thames from Auckland and elsewhere in NZ. Mahamudra may be able to arrange a pick up from Coromandel or Thames for an additional charge - please contact Mahamudra for details.

Airport: Auckland Airport Airport transfer available: Auckland Airport (US$107 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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