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    Notes from the Cancer Ward by Tarchin Hearn
    September 21, 2018
    1/9/18 Contemplating the awesomeness of surrendering into living. Life is a terminal condition. All living creatures die – 100% of them. I am living with metastatic cancer. In a week or so, I may have surgery to remove a cancerous left common iliac lymph node. There are no statistics to...
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    Your World: A Poem Inspired by Tarchin Hearn
    September 21, 2018
    Your world is my world And my world is your world Let all of me be present for all of you Let's forget about the past Let's forget about the future Let's stay here for a moment, together – Riding the ever cresting wave of now What would it truly be for all of me To be...
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    Coming Down from the Mountain with Stories to Share
    September 21, 2018
    HINTS OF BLESSEDNESS: REFLECTIONS FROM BODHI SEEDS RETREAT 2018 AND THE BEGINNING OF IMMEASURABLE SCHOOL Eight young explorers ascended the Wangapeka driveway in early August, bringing with them uncertainties, expectations, talents, and a willingness to show up, to name but a few qualities. All of us together for one month,...
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    Assisting the Centre and the Sangha
    September 21, 2018
    The profound oasis of sanity that is the Wangapeka was established in 1975. The centre has always and continues to strive to be a place of refuge and learning for everyone. To assist this admirable objective accommodation and food costs for courses and retreats are kept to a minimum. The...
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    Supporting Each Other
    September 21, 2018
    Although the Centre strives to keep prices as low as possible, the financial cost of participating in a retreat can still be a barrier to some. In order to have a way to support each other, the Sangha Support fund was created and has benefited many over the years. This...
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    Pilgrimage Reflections—From Kath Mitchell
    September 2, 2018
    Touch and FeelingDuring this Pilgrimage I have noticed an opening of touch and feeling. A sense of love, a deep desire to know and feel into a deeper sense of connectedness with all of life. The feeling of the Buddha’s presence, was...
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    Enjoy a Healthy Tax Rebate When you Donate to the Wangapeka
    August 23, 2018
    The Wangapeka is a charitable trust and we exist thanks to your generosity. We are an approved donee organisation, so the IRD will happily give you a beautiful big tax rebate on your donations to us. Here's how it works... Individuals If you are a New Zealander and you have a taxable...
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    Programmes Committee Report for 2018 AGM
    August 23, 2018
    The Centre is humming. Wangapeka continues to offer a wide range of courses and retreats giving people different access points to the dharma (e.g. the short and often topical weekend workshops through to the month-long meditation retreats).  All sorts of people continue to find their way here whether through...
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    Bodhi Seeds is Underway by Jaime Howell
    August 22, 2018
    Eight buddhing seeds begin. For some introducing, other reacquainting in ever fresh ways each other to pujas, cycles of samatha, anapanasati, moving bodies to dancing stuck places, all in the warm embrace of smiling and breathing. Matching skills and passions we are working with Guy and Faith to clear land,...
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    An Inspiring Weekend: The Wangapeka Hui and AGM By Rona Spencer
    August 22, 2018
    It begins on Friday afternoon at the airport, meeting long-time member David Pooch from Auckland. He is an interesting companion for the drive and one of our valued Board members who demonstrates that distance is no deterrent to fully participating in regular meetings through clever technology. We enjoy the hourʼs drive of winding...
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    Wangapeka comes out of the Stone Age
    August 22, 2018
    Physical labour along with improvisation and simplicity is an essential ingredient in the making of Wangapeka Retreat Centre. To save the driveway from catastrophic wash-away, stone culverts were once upon a time installed to channel water underneath. Each underground culvert was a compilation of "letter D" shaped sections of...
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    Making a Bequest to the Wangapeka in your Will
    August 22, 2018
    Making a bequest is an easy way to support Wangapeka. By doing this you are giving valuable and appreciated support for everything Wangapeka stands for. Thank you for considering this. If you decide to leave a gift to Wangapeka your legal advisor will need: Our official name: The Wangapeka Educational Trust Our Charity Commission Registration Number: CC24103...
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    Mindfulness is More Than a Technique by Grant Rix
    August 21, 2018
    Mindfulness, as a practice, means giving our full, open-hearted attentiveness to what is immediately occurring, physically and mentally, both within and around us. By being more mindful we recognise and overcome the many ways in which we tend to get caught in rumination, distraction, and resistance.  Practising certain mindfulness-based techniques...
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    Nelson: A Morning of Contemplative Exploration with Tarchin Hearn
    July 26, 2018
    TEACHINGS FROM THE HEART   Date: Saturday 25th August, 2018 Time: 9.30 to 12.30, with a short break for a cuppa Venue: Nelson Buddhist Centre, 87 Nile St, Nelson (opposite Central School) Cost: $20 plus Dana to Tarchin For nearly 50 years Tarchin Hearn has been immersed in various traditions of Buddhist philosophy and practice. Blending them with interests in...
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    Nelson: Hidden in Plain Sight – Mysteries Traditions with Bonni Ross
    July 18, 2018
    WE PRESENT THE DOORWAY TO THESE TEACHINGS Nelson Classes: August 7, 14, 21 & 28 @ 7:15pm-9pm Exploring the history of western esoteric spiritual work Nelson Workshop: August 18 Experiencing meditation and creative forms First class $20 Remaining classes plus workshop $195 WHO WILL KNOCK? For further information and registration please contact Jane Hobday jane.hobday17@gmail.com
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    The Heart of Mahayana Retreat with Tarchin Hearn, Katikati
    June 25, 2018
    bodhicitta/bodhisattva Samantabhadra, Natural Awakening, and Contemplative Science when: beginning the morning of July 26 – ending the morning of August 4, 2018 where: Orgyen Hermitage, Katikati During this retreat will we will contemplate the Seven Trainings of Samantabhadra as a way of glimpsing the heart/core vision of radical inclusivity found throughout the Avatamsaka Sutra. Participants will...
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    Are you planning to run a course/retreat at the Wangapeka?
    June 4, 2018
    As you may know, requests to run courses and retreats at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre have been steadily increasing over the last five years. At the 2016 annual general meeting the Wangapeka Programmes Committee (Mark Schrader and Jane Hobday), with endorsement from the Wangapeka Board, presented an...
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    Bonni Ross and Matthew Eades are now Living in Nelson!
    May 28, 2018
    Last year, 2017, marked the end of Bonni and Matthew's incredible six-year commitment in which they travelled from Canada to New Zealand each year to teach Buddhadharma. They generously agreed to spend 6 months of every year in Nelson and have taught a full, dynamic, coherent study and practice...
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    Wangapeka Board News Update for 2018
    May 28, 2018
    There have been a few changes on the Wangapeka Board. Kath Mitchell is our new Co-Ordinator and Louise Petzold the Assistant Co-Ordinator. The new Board is now not so new, having worked closely together since the AGM last July. We are all committed to a collaborative style of decision making...
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    New Hut Progress Update and Name Yongdu Meaning
    May 21, 2018
    Wangpeka is blessed with its nine solo retreat huts nestled about the property: Omahu, Namgyal, Skydancer, Mike’s cabin, Hayshed, Dumo, Tarchin's and Mary's Huts (Triple Gem). Now the latest hut has been named. This is the prefabricated hut that Chris Petzold and others such as Graham Sandlant, Land Caretaker Guy...
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    A Room with a View: The Whare, Our Meditation Hall
    March 23, 2018
    “The Whare” is the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre’s meditation hall. For around four decades, people from all over the world have meditated in this sanctuary. As you walk into the sacred space, after bowing your head, perhaps your hands clasped in prayer, there is the faint smell of...
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    A Sadhana of Samantabhadra: The Heart of Mahayana by Tarchin Hearn
    March 22, 2018
    Samantabhadra appears as a mysterious presence in many Mahayana scriptures. Often referred to, but rarely appearing, he/she has an ephemeral quality – ubiquitous yet will-o-the-wisp – powerfully present yet difficult to define or meet with face to face. In the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, Samantabhadra is the name of the...
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    Wesak Community Celebration at Nelson Buddhist Centre
    March 21, 2018
    Sunday, May 27, 2018 Come celebrate the life of the Buddha during the traditional May Wesak Festival time, with our Nelson Dharma community. Wesak represents the birth, the Nirvana (enlightenment) and the Parinirvana (death) of Gautama Buddha, celebrated in communities all over the world.   Programme: Welcome and Aspiration Prayer to Samantabhadra...
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    Christchurch Healing Goddesses Introductory Workshop with Mira Riddiford
    March 7, 2018
    Saturday 3 Nov 2018, 1–4.30pm Venue: Women’s Centre Christchurch, Unit 3, 242 Ferry Rd, Waltham, Christchurch. This standalone workshop also acts as a taster/introduction for the upcoming 7 day retreat at the Wangapeka in June 2019. And coming up: A longer 4 week online series in September. A 7 day retreat at Origins Retreat...
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    Young Adults Retreat 2017 Report
    February 23, 2018
    Tēnā koutou e te whānau o Wangapeka Retreat Centre, The Young Adults Retreat (YAR) has wrapped up for 2017, making this the fifth successive year the retreat has run. This retreat provides a low cost opportunity for younger people (aged 18-35) to stay at the Wangapeka Centre and experience the...
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    Bodhi Seeds 2017 Report
    February 22, 2018
    Celebrating Bodhi Seeds 2017, summary statement. Bodhi Seeds is a training for young adults to find refuge and a sense of belonging. It is a growing body of community work, a school, a hinting at a true university to empower young adults to function well in the truth of living...