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Meditation Classes and Retreats

This page includes information about any upcoming meditation classes as well as classes that relate to meditation or finish with Retreat Days.

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Meditating on the Essential Points of the Path

with Geshe Wangchen
10am Sundays
10, 17 and 24 March and 7 April; Retreat Day (10am – 4pm) on 14 April
(no class Easter Weekend)

You do not need to register to attend these classes, but please register if you wish to attend the retreat day.

Class Description 
Come and explore the brief text called A Direct Meditation on the Graduated Path Containing All the Important Meanings by Dorje Chang Lozang Jinpa. At the end of this course Geshe-la will guide a Meditation Retreat Day on this subject.

Class Facility Contribution: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors free).

Materials Contribution: $3 if you would like your own printed copy of this text to take home (otherwise there will be copies that people are welcome to use in the Gompa).

Retreat Day Facility Contribution $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $20) – lunch will be done vegetarian potluck style. Please register for the retreat day which is scheduled for14 April, 10am – 4pm.

 

Previously Completed Meditation Events

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Emptiness: What is it and how to meditate on it 

with Geshe Wangchen
Sunday, 10am, 8 October

Class Description

What is emptiness? Lama Yeshe explains, “Emptiness (shunyata) is the reality of the existence of ourselves and all the phenomena around us. According to the Buddhist point of view, seeking reality and seeking liberation amount to the same thing.”  Come and learn more about this profound topic as well as how to meditate on it.

Class Facility Contribution: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors free).

No registration needed for the class

 

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Four Applications of Mindfulness

with Geshe Wangchen
Sundays 10am

Dates: 27 August, 3, 10 and 24 September Plus a Retreat Day on:  1 October (10am – 4pm)

Class Description

In Shakyamuni Buddha’s most detailed teaching on mindfulness, the Buddha taught four domains or aspects of mindfulness: mindfulness of body, feelings, mind and phenomena. Everyone is welcome to come and learn what these are and how to practice them.

Class Facility Contribution: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors free).

Retreat Day Facility Contribution: $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors’ Retreat Day $20)

No registration needed for the class, but please register for the retreat day.

 

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Educating the Heart Through Training the Mind:

Part 2 of Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

with Geshe Wangchen and Simon Harrison
Sundays 10am

Dates: Beginning 18 June and continuing for 8 classes finishing with a Retreat Day on 13 August

(Classes on 2, 9, 16 and 23 July will be taught by FPMT Registered Teacher Simon Harrison)

Class Description

Part 2 of this class will offer practical methods for improving our lives for the benefit of others. As we continue exploring His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World, we will focus on the last three chapters of this book covering three powerful topics:

1. Dealing with Destructive Emotions

2. Cultivating Key Inner Values

3. Meditation as Mental Cultivation

Everyone with an interest in these topics is welcome (even if you were not able to attend part 1 of this class).

Costs

Materials: You will need a copy of the book, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for this class. If you already have one, then there is no materials fee for you. If you don’t have a copy and would like to purchase one (although we have just sold out of copies) we have placed an order for more copies. The cost will be $36 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $35).

Class Facility Fees: The facility fees are $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors free).

Retreat Facility Fee: $30  (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors free).

 

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Please register for this class.

Beyond Religion:

Ethics for a Whole World with Geshe Wangchen

with Geshe Wangchen
Sundays
10am, from 12 March 2023

This class is scheduled to begin on 12 March 2023 and Part 1 will continue for 10 classes finishing with a One Day Meditation Retreat on Sunday, 28 May 2023 led by Geshe Wangchen. (No class on Easter Sunday.)

If you have not yet registered for the retreat day scheduled for Sunday, 28 May 2023, 10am – 4pm, you can do so by clicking here.

Class Description
In His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World, His Holiness presents a view of ethics that can be embraced not only by those who see themselves as Buddhist, or even religious, but by all human beings. Geshe-la will present core themes from this book including how to reduce destructive emotions, develop compassion and help other people.

Costs
Materials: You will need a copy of the book, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for this class. If you already have one, then there is no materials fee for you. If you don’t have a copy and would like to purchase one, we have placed a second order for more paperback copies and the cost is $33 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $31). Please note that the cost to source these books has increased slightly from our initial order.
Facility Fees: The facility fees are $10 per class and the One Day Meditation Retreat Fee is $30. (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors enjoy free regular class facility fees and the One Day Meditation Retreat Fee is $20).

If you have not yet registered for the retreat day scheduled for Sunday, 28 May 2023, 10am – 4pm, you can do so by clicking here.

 

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Heart Treasure for the Warriors Who Long for Liberation

with Geshe Wangchen
Sundays
10am, 3 – 31 July with Retreat Day

This beautiful short teaching by Lama Atisha contains refreshing pith instructions. Reading it feels as if Lama Atisha himself were here now, personally giving you practical heart advice on how to navigate daily living, have a genuine good heart, really practice Dharma and make your life meaningful. Over five Sundays in July Geshe-la will share reflections and commentary on this text and on the final Sunday, 31 July, Geshe-la will lead a Retreat Day on this topic. Suitable for all levels.

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

Registration for the Retreat Day on 31 July is now open.

Retreat Day on 31 July 10am – 4pm
2 options: either register for the in-person retreat or request the audio recordings.
Facility Fee $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $20)
Vegetarian Potluck Lunch – please bring a dish to share.
 

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Click the image above to register.

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Essence of Buddha’s Teachings 

with Geshe Wangchen
Sundays
10am, 3 April – 26 June 2022
(Extended to include a full Retreat Day on 26 June)

(Please note: no class over Easter or Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday Weekends)

How can we make the most of our life now? The Lamrim (Graduated Path to Enlightenment) condenses all of the essential points of the Buddha’s teachings so that we can put them into practice for our own and others’ benefit. Over 10 Sundays Geshe-la will explain The Third Dalai Lama’s brief text, Essence of Refined Gold. The final Sunday will include guided meditations. All Levels Class 

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

Registration for the Retreat Day on 26th of June will open closer to the time. The retreat day will run from 10am – 4pm. 

Retreat Day on 26 June 10am – 4pm 
2 options: either register for the in-person retreat or request the audio recordings. 
 
Facility Fee $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $20)
Vegetarian Potluck Lunch – please bring a dish to share.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS RETREAT
If you would prefer to listen to the audio recording you can request this using our Audio Recording Request Form 

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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) 

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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. 

 

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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.

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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: www.dci.org.nz/one-day-retreat-registration/

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

 

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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.

 

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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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