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 in Thames. 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.
Experimenting with Three Day Retreats in 2013: Some of our retreats this year will be ending on Mondays, rather than Sundays, so please look carefully at the dates! This might mean that you need to take a day off work or make other special arrangements to meet this change. This is an experiment as many were finding that ending on Sunday was too soon and that an extra full day would have made a really substantial difference. Adding this extra day doubles the number of full days on retreat without an equivalent corresponding increase in the costs. Hopefully you'll be willing to experiment with 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.
Workshop & non-residential retreat dates coming soon...
The Arising of the Bodhicitta
Sunday 8 December
There are many ways to talk about the decisive point at which the focus of our life irrevocably shifts from the mundane to spiritual values. From an altruistic perspective, this can be spoken of as the arising of the Bodhicitta. This morning workshop will introduce us to the words and symbols Buddhist teachers have used to point to this experience and some of the ways in which we can cultivate the conditions on which the Bodhicittta may arise.
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.
Residential Retreats click here to book for any of our upcoming retreats
Information on more retreats coming soon....