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4 Day "Living & Dying Peacefully" Anzac Weekend Meditation Retreat in Colville, Coromandel
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(No availability) 4 Day "Living & Dying Peacefully" Anzac Weekend Meditation Retreat in Colville, Coromandel

Mahamudra Centre, 2183 Colville Road, Colville, New Zealand

Buddhist Meditation Retreat in New Zealand

Would you like to have a calm, healthy and peaceful mind in daily life and at the time of death? Do you wish to support others who are going through the death process? If so, come and explore the Buddhist approach to life, death, and beyond! If there is one certain thing in life, it is death. It can come at any time, and it can be a beautiful process if you are prepared for it.

Meet the instructors

Venerable Thubten Khadro
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Highlights

  • How to develop a peaceful mind for daily life
  • Learn about death from a Buddhist perspective
  • The death process & meaningful living through thought transformation
  • How to support others during their death process
  • How to prepare yourself for your own death
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 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. It offers 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 and gardens. 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 hillsides and 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. The cabins all have private decks and gardens, with beautiful views of the centre grounds and surrounding hillsides. Heaters are provided in winter. Single and double occupancy cabins are available - please contact us for more details.

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

The program will include teachings, discussions, and meditation sessions, covering the Buddhist approach to life and death. In between sessions, you will have time to rest and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Mahamudra Retreat Centre.

This course will provide you with tools to compassionately and skillfully talk about death, support others in their death process and prepare yourself for your own peaceful passing. The retreat will also cover subjects such as the different stages, dissolutions, and internal and external signs that occur during the death process, according to the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.

Through teachings, discussion and meditation, you will explore the following topics:

  • Developing a peaceful mind for daily life
  • Death from a Buddhist perspective
  • How to support others during their death process
  • How to prepare yourself for your own death.
  • The death process and meaningful living through a thought transformation

Sample daily schedule

Friday

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

Saturday and Sunday

  • 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

Monday

  • 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
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

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

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Transportation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Auckland

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 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!

  • 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.

(Driving from elsewhere in NZ, head for Thames, then follow the above directions.)

Arrival by airplane

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 Intercity website for the 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 them 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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