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Meditation Classes and Retreats


Perfecting Patience (includes Retreat Day)

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, 10am, 5 Sept – 12 December (this class has been extended)

includes 12 classes + 1 Retreat Day on 12 December

[Please note: No class on 10 October (Fire Puja Day) or 24 Oct (Labour Day Weekend).]

PLEASE NOTE: The Perfecting Patience class has been extended due to the covid situation in Auckland. It will now run for 12 sessions followed by a retreat guided meditation session on 12 December. All 12 sessions plus the retreat guided meditations session audio recording can be requested. Please use the DCI Audio Recording Request Form. 

Due to the difficult covid situation in Auckland, along with restrictions, Geshe Wangchen and DCI have decided that this class plus the retreat guided meditations will be done via audio recording. We want to keep people safe. 

“Why be unhappy about something if it can be remedied? And what is the use of being unhappy about something if it cannot be remedied?” – Shantideva, from the Patience chapter in his most famous text A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

In this class, Geshe Wangchen will guide us through Shantideva’s advice on how to develop and perfect the quality of patience in our minds. Harbouring angry, painful thoughts disturbs our mental peace, and can lead to other unskilful actions. How can we develop a strong, healthy, happy, resilient mind, that remains undisturbed even when we encounter annoyances, difficulties, setbacks and obstacles? Come find out!

Class Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free) No class registration required. 

Retreat Guided Meditation Session on Sunday, 12 December Facility Fee $10, Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $10) 


How to Study, Reflect and Meditate on the Buddhist Path (includes Retreat Day)

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, 10am (from 20 June – 22 August, please note no class on 11 July or 15 August) 8 Sundays + Retreat Day on Sunday 29 

PLEASE NOTE: If Auckland is in Lockdown, then DCI is closed. During lockdown, you can request the audio recordings of these classes. Please use the DCI Audio Recording Request Form.

How should we approach the study and practice of Buddhism? Learn from the life of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of this tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Find out how Lama Tsongkhapa gained extensive learning, and then went on to acquire experience of the stages of the path, including the profound and extensive paths.

Over 8 Sundays, Geshe-la will lead us in an exploration of Lama Tsongkhapa’s text Destiny Fulfilled: Tsongkhapa’s Spiritual Training as a Song of Realization. The class will finish with a retreat day on 29 August. All-levels welcome.

“Learn, reflect and gain conviction. Then meditate and integrate what you’ve understood within you.” – HH the Dalai Lama from a commentary on Destiny Fulfilled

Class Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

No class registration required. Registration for the Retreat Day will open closer to the time.

Retreat Day on Sunday, 29 August
Update: As it is likely that Auckland will be in lockdown on this retreat day, Geshe Wangchen will record guided meditations on this topic. This recording can be requested using the DCI Audio Recording Request Form. It is also possible to use this form to request recordings of any of the 8 sessions of this current Sunday class. 


Previously Completed Meditation Events


Guided Meditations

led by Ven. Carolyn Lawler

Four Mondays 7.30pm (12, 26 July, 2, 9 August) 

[This class was shortened due to lack of attendance, followed by lockdown.]

Everyone is welcome to join in these guided meditation evenings. Various topics of meditation will be included. Drop-ins welcome.

Class Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

No class registration required.


Dependent Arising

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, 10am (from 28 February - 9 May) 10 Sundays + Retreat Day on Sunday 16 May 10am - 4pm 

"Benevolent teacher, you taught to help all living beings. Emptiness is the essence of those teachings, its highest proof dependent arising." - Lama Tsongkhapa

Realizing the nature of reality is key to eliminating suffering once and for all; it is the heart of the Buddha’s teachings. After realizing emptiness directly, the first text that Lama Tsongkhapa composed was a brief text called “Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha.” Full of inspiration, it eloquently expounds this heart of the teachings, clarifying emptiness, dependent arising and how to abandon wrong views.

Geshe-la will explain this text over approximately 8 – 10 weeks finishing with a Retreat Day on this important topic.

Class Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

Retreat Facility Fee $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are $20) Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch. (The Retreat day is on Sunday 16 May, 10am - 4pm)

PLEASE REGISTER if you wish to attend this retreat day. You can register here:

No registration required for the classes. Please register for the Retreat Day if you would like to join.



Discovering Buddhism Series

Presenting the Path

with FPMT Registered Teacher Simon Harrison

Monday nights 7.30 – 9pm, 12 April – 21 June (no class on Queen’s Birthday) 10 weeks + 1 Retreat Day on Saturday, 26 June 10am – 4pm

Excellent for all levels!

Get an overview of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path to awakening. Hear about the life story of the Buddha and study the basic teachings of Buddhism. Discover the unique system for putting Buddhist philosophy into practice contained in the lam-rim, or “graduated path to enlightenment.”

Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

Materials and Admin Support Fee: $20 Printed Reading Packet and Weekly Handouts OR $15 Digital Reading Packet and Printed Weekly Handouts

Retreat Day Facility Fee: $30 Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch. (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $20 Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch.)

Everyone is welcome to this course. Please register.



Meditate with Geshe-la Series

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 15 Nov, 29 Nov & 6 Dec 2020 10am

Join in as Geshe-la leads guided meditations on these three Sundays. Let go of your end of year stress and settle down on a cushion or a chair for some meaningful time meditating on uplifting topics with Geshe-la. Meditations will be on topics such as:

  • Letting Go & Resilience (recover quickly from difficulties & problems)
  • Love & Compassion
  • Gratitude for all the valuable opportunities we have

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

No registration required.


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