Heart Training - Mind Training.  With Keith Rowan
May 14

Heart Training - Mind Training. With Keith Rowan

Cost: $60 members/ $80 non members for full weekend. Or $15 members/ $20 non members per session. To sign up to become a member see information here on the new website
RSVP: to Erin (contact details below)

About the weekend:

Our thoughts and emotions, left to themselves, can lead us and those around us on a roller coaster ride – sometimes joyful, sometimes miserable. Rather than us having emotions it can feel like emotions are having us. The heart can be understood and trained, it just takes practice.

Keith will introduce the Seven Point Mind Training – a teaching, whose origins go back a thousand years, which has been carefully examined and tested since that time. Though ancient, the ideas are still fresh and relevant to life today. The practices vary from profound and vast to ordinary and straight forward. They can be practised by anyone regardless of lifestyle or beliefs.

Buddhism is not dogmatic but grounded in everyday experience. We don't have to 'believe' anything but rather discover the truth of things for ourselves. 

About Keith:

Keith Rowan has studied and practised Buddhist teachings for over 40 years. He has received extensive teachings from his main teachers Namgyal Rinpoche and Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche and from several other great Tibetan teachers. "My greatest pleasure is to share, as best I can, the wonderful insights and methods that Buddhism can offer, in plain English that ordinary people of whatever inclination or belief can understand and put into practice. The teachings of the Buddha are not about strange belief systems. They are about who we are, the challenges we face and our true birthrights - happiness, love and liberation."

Movie night: Milerepa - Magician, Murderer, Saint
7:30 pm19:30

Movie night: Milerepa - Magician, Murderer, Saint

  • Christchurch Buddhist Centre

Cost: $5/$10 donation to go towards the veranda building project.

Please bring drink or nibbles to share

This will be preceded by a 20 min sitting meditation


Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.

Director: Neten Chokling

Writers: Neten ChoklingTenzing Choyang Gyari

Stars: Orgyen TobgyalKelsang Chukie TethtongJamyang Lodro

Milarepa depicts the humble beginnings of the man who was to become Tibet's greatest saint. A true story based on centuries-old oral traditions, a youthful Milarepa is propelled into a world of sorrow and betrayal after his father's sudden death. Destitute and hopeless, he sets out to learn black magic - and exact revenge on his enemies - encountering magicians, demons, an enigmatic teacher and unexpected mystical power along the way. But it is in confrontation with the consequences of his anger that he learns the most. Photographed in the stunning Lahaul-Spiti region of Northern India, Milarepa offers a provocative parallel to the cycle of violence and retribution consuming today's world. Written by Meyerowitz

Lama Mark Webber - Taking refuge and Generating Bodhicitta
Apr 8

Lama Mark Webber - Taking refuge and Generating Bodhicitta

Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of understanding Taking Refuge and Generating Bodhicitta: the outer, inner, secret and suchness aspects of the practices found within the Nyingma-Dzogchen Preliminary Liberating Instructions.

These teachings are open to all.

When: Friday 7 April: 7:00 pm - 9pm
Saturday 8 April: 9:30am—11am & 2 pm to 4 pm

Contact: Erin Lummis, 03-9818380, erinlummis@paradise.net.nz

Costs: Gompa: New Verandah & Maintenance: $10 per class
Lama Mark: Donation/Koha/Dana. The Lama gives his time & wisdom freely. Please give as generously as you are able.

General: Bring your lunch if you wish to sit in the garden. There are plenty of local cafes if you prefer.

You may wish to bring pen and paper and comfortable cushion.

Lama Mark Webber (Lama Yongdu) has been studying and teaching Buddha Dharma through the traditions of Buddhism for forty years. His universalist approach is classically founded in Buddhism and a number of meditative traditions while integrating with contemporary life, science and the richness of modern Western culture. Lama Mark studied and practiced Abhidhamma and the Vipassana method of MahasiSayadaw U Sobhana under the guidance of the Insight master Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche and Lama Mark’s first teacher Ven. Chorpel Dolma (Mrs. Raff). In 1976, while in a three month Abhidhamma/Insight re-
treat, Namgyal Rinpoche directed Lama Mark to begin teaching this profound tradition to Rinpoche’s students. Soon after he was directed to give guidance on Vajrayana meditations. From masters of the Dharma and meditation such as the Ven. Dorje Namgyal Rinpoche, Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche and others, Lama Mark has studied, received, practiced and continues to absorb and teach all three cycles of Buddhism, but especially the Vajrayana transmissions of the Mahamudra and from the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen tradition.


A View from the Mountain Top - An evening with Tara Choying Lhamo
7:00 pm19:00

A View from the Mountain Top - An evening with Tara Choying Lhamo

  • Christchurch Buddhist Centre

Cost: Please contribute a generous koha to go towards Tara's travel expenses

Tara Choying Lhamo is a remarkable western dharma practitioner from Austria, who has been living in retreat for over twenty years. Twelve of those years she has spent high in the mountains of Nepal in Lapchi, in one of Milarepa’s caves.

Tara agreed to speak publicly for the first time last year (2016) in London and with the assistance of Monique Rhodes, she is now travelling through NZ to share her remarkable story.

During that talk in London, those that went to listen, were deeply moved by her story and also, by being in her presence. Tara will now share her knowledge of retreat and the dharma during a special talk being held at the Christchurch Buddhist Centre.

Tara is a student of H.H Chetsang Rinpoche and Garchen Rinpoche.

The evening promises to be a remarkable for people of all religious persuasions (and none) to connect to and draw inspiration from a dedicated contemplative.