Retreats are an excellent opportunity to deepen your meditation practice and enjoy the company of other people who are exploring the Buddha's teachings. Our retreat program allows ample time for meditation, reflection and relaxation. Weekend retreats usually begin at around 7pm on the Friday evening and finish early afternoon on the Sunday.
Bookings: we recommend that you reserve your place on retreat as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Still, late bookings are possible so please check with us if you decide to attend at the last minute.
Please book through the link listed below or by calling the Auckland Buddhist Centre tel. (09) 378 1120.
Venue: our residential retreats are mostly held at Sudarshanaloka Retreat Centre, Victoria Street, Tararu, Thames Coast. If you book on a retreat, we can send you directions on how to get there and a list of items you'll need to bring. People frequently carpool to retreat, so let us know if you can offer or need a lift to the retreat.
Meditation Experience: many of our retreats assume that you already know how to meditate and that you are actively practising meditation (or at least hoping to re-connect with a meditation practice that has waned). Some of our retreats are only open to people with an active and established meditation practice, please refer to the particular retreat to see if this might be the case. Unless noted, there is no beginner's meditation teaching provided on retreat.
Retreat Fees: weekend retreats held at Sudarshanaloka have a two-tiered structure $240/190. You choose what you can afford to pay. Longer retreats, some special retreats (such as week long or long weekends) and those held at other venues have higher retreat costs due to the number of additional days or higher facility costs to us.
The experiment is over .... these weekend workshops and non-residential weekend retreats are working. They create conditions different from just a 'normal weekend at home' without leaving to be 'somewhere else'. There are two primary themes for these weekends. First, they always include cultivating positive emotions like metta, patience, contentment, and equanimity. Second, they challenge our limiting notions of identity, our sticky emotional attachements, and our habitual volitional routines. All themes directly addressing the challenges and joys of cultivating our spiritual life in the midst of everyday living. These events are very meditative in quality, and approach the content through reflection rather than discussion.
Book for these non-residential weekends and workshops just like you would a residential retreat ... through the centre or the website. Cost $30 for workshops and $80 for non-residential retreats.
If you want to attend one of the non-residential retreats, we ask you to commit to attending every session over the weekend. The Friday night session will start with an introduction to the theme and some collective meditation (7-9pm). The Saturday session will begin with our joining the regular Saturday morning 10am meditation at the centre, but then continuing at the centre until around 1pm. And the last session is on Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Those participating on these retreats will be asked to attend all these sessions, for the full duration. If you can only make two of the three weekend sessions or can only stay for half a session, the continuity and integrity of the weekend will be compromised. In which case it is best to not attend this time, and instead start planning for the next one.
Reality Check - Non Residential Retreat
7-9pm Friday 9th May, 9am - 1pm Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May
Unwrap the true nature of reality to see it is exactly as it appears and nothing like it is usually seen. Dare to accept the obvious.
In a weekend urban retreat, Prajnalila uses the three Lakshanas to reveal the conditions of existence and the secret of freedom. Cost $80 Book here
Practicing from the Inside Meditation Workshop with Maitridevi
9am to 1pm Sunday 18 May
Cost $30 Book here
Workshop & non-residential retreat dates for 2014
Workshops - Sundays 9am - 1pm
Non Residential Retreats - Fridays 7-9pm plus Saturday and Sunday 9am - 1pm
17-21 April @ Sudarshanaloka
The Symbol of the Wheel of Life is one of the great archetypal imaginative symbols allegedly first drawn by the Buddha to describe the extraordinary teaching of conditioned co-production which was the heart of his enlightenment experience. During this retreat we will explore this symbol and how we can use our understanding of it to arrive at the hallowed gateway of the spiral path and beyond. Come and play the game of life and learn that it is not a game at all! Suitable for Order members and Mitras. Led by Navachitta and Padmadakini. Cost $330/$280
2-4 May @ Sudarshanaloka
(In the seen only the seen,
In the heard only the heard...)
Following the success of the men's Going for Refuge retreat in Sydney earlier this year Guhyasiddhi is bringing that theme to this weekend retreat.
When a man called Bahiya asked the Buddha (for the third time) for a Dharma teaching for his "long-term well-being and happiness". The Buddha replied, "you should train yourself with respect to the seen there will be only the seen, with respect to the heard there will be only the heard, with respect to the sensed there will be only the sensed, with respect to the cognised there will be only the cognised.....this alone is the end of dukkha". In otherwords learning to experience what is happening without adding to or subtracting anything from the experience. To neither embellish or want more from it, nor diminish or make less of it - this is the heart's release. This is what we will be practicing on this weekend retreat. It will include sitting in the bush for extended periods simply being aware of the natural environment. For men who are familiar with our meditation practices. Led by Guhyasiddhi. Cost $240/$190
Friday 16 to Monday 19 May @ Sudarshanaloka
Over the course of three days we will explore the fine craft of handbuilding clay bowls within a context of "beginners mind", that creative and aware space each of us posesses that can so often get lost in the busyness of our daily lives. Learn how to handbuild bowls and experience the excitment of firing them in a sawdust, barrel firing. Replenish and relax through the practise of meditation and time spent with like-minded friends. Led by Susan Sky and Akasadaka. Cost $285/$235 plus material costs
Queens Birthday Order/Mitra Retreat
30 May - 2 June @ Sudarshanaloka
Led by Maitridevi
Collaborative Music and Meditation Retreat
25-27 July @ Sudarshanaloka
1-3 August @ Bella Rakha
Led by Dianne May, Helen Roach and team
9-17 August @ Sudarshanaloka
JUST THIS Spring sesshin at Sudarshanaloka with Prajnalila, 4pm Saturday 9 — 2pm Sunday 17 August 2014
Eight days mindful sitting, walking, sitting, becoming more present, deepening attention, acceptance and appreciation, beauty and ease in our everyday, becoming alive to this moment, right here, right now.
Open to all familiar with our practices. Cost $510/$460
Buddhist Recovery Network Retreat
22-24 August @ Sudarshanaloka
Led by Navachitta and Punyasri
5-7 September @ Sudarshanaloka
This retreat is an introduction to the Mindfulness of Breathing meditation practice which is one of two principal meditation practices
through which we can develop calmer more concentrated and positive states of mind. See also our Cultivating Emotional Freedom Retreats.
Led by Guhyasiddhi. Cost $240/$190
3-7 October @ Sudarshanaloka
Led by Minh Truong and team
Cost to be advised
Labour Weekend Retreat
24-27 October @ Sudarshanaloka
Led by Ratnavyuha and Navachitta
Cultivating Emotional Freedom Beginners Meditation Retreat
7-9 November @ Sudarshanaloka
This retreat is an introduction to the Metta Bhavana which is a meditation practice that cultivates loving kindness.
This is one of two principal meditation practices through which we can develop calmer more concentrated and positive states of mind.
See also our Calm and Clear retreats. Led by Bhadrakari. Cost $240/$190
21-23 November @ Sudarshanaloka
Mandala, Meditation & Mantra Retreat
28 - 30 November @ Sudarshanaloka
Led by Penny Brownlee & Akasadaka
Buddhist Recovery Network Retreat
5-7 December @ Sudarshanaloka
Led by Navachitta and Punyasri
Holistic Pulsing Retreat
12-14 December @ Sudarshanaloka
Led by Natalie Grace