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    Are you planning to run a course/retreat at the Wangapeka in 2019?
    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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    Healing Goddesses with Mira Riddiford at the Nelson Buddhist Centre
    May 14, 2018
        7 June 2018, 7 – 8.30pm Meditations that encourage wellness, clarity of mind and joy   Aphrodite Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote of how important it is ‘to keep the heart awake to love and beauty.’ Love is healing – to feel loved is to feel divine. This very human impulse to love, and be loved, is...
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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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    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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    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...
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    Wonderful News we are Building a New Hut
    January 26, 2018
    Late last year an anonymous donor offered Wangapeka $10,000 to build a new hut in the Skydancer area. The offer was warmly received and then the head-scratching started. A hut would actually cost more than $10,000. Could/should our reserve funds be used for this? How about the resource consent?...
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    Rumination: Nelson Teachings on Tuesdays with Bonni and Matthew
    January 23, 2018
    1: A DEEP OR CONSIDERED THOUGHT ABOUT SOMETHING 2: THE ACTION OF CHEWING THE CUD (OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY)   In her first teaching offered as a Kiwi Resident, Bonni will share considered (and occasionally light-hearted) reflections on the relevance of the 2,600 year-old Buddhadharma to 21st Century living. Individuals committed to the path of...
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    Pilgrimage Reflections—From Kath Mitchell
    December 12, 2017
    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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    Mindful Teacher Training at the Wangapeka Education and Retreat Centre
    December 12, 2017
    Faith, the caretaker at the centre invited me to write share a few words about the mindfulness training that is taking place at the Wangapeka Education Centre. Here is what emerged…Teaching is heroic. My experience of teaching in general is that it...
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    "Septical" Doubt and the Cycle of Life
    December 6, 2017
    Some three years ago our septic tanks were cleaned out by the Richmond based Simply Septic company. Our storehouse of nutritious consumption had reached its absolute. It was a massive relief to call in the professionals with their extraordinary industrial mechanisms...
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    More Circles, a review of the Community Hui
    October 4, 2017
      The day before the recent Annual General Meeting at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre three members (Kath, Chani and Jaime) facilitated a  Community Hui on the theme ‘Who teaches? What is teacher?’ They decided to use the circle process to explore this question. The circle of 30 people was wonderfully...
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    What makes up the Annual WET programme?
    June 7, 2017
    A few years ago a small sub-committee (The Programmes Committee) was rejuvenated by the WET Board which in consultation with the Board has the responsibility for co-ordinating aspects of the WET programme. Over the years the programme offered at Wangapeka has developed some regular events – these are outlined below....
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    An evening on Western Mysticism with Mira Riddiford
    April 5, 2017
    8 June 2017, 7pm. Nelson Buddhist Centre, 87 Nile St. Most of us seeking experiences in mindfulness, meditation or enlightenment turn to the excellent Eastern spiritual traditions. But what of our Western spiritual inheritance? In this evening talk, we will explore how Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Norse civilisations have supported their...
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    Namgyal Three Cantos Empowerment with Lama Mark Webber
    March 28, 2017
    Lama Mark would like to extend an invitation to all Nelson Dharma practitioners to attend an empowerment ceremony / Wongkur this Weds evening, 29 March 2017 @ 7:30pm at Wangapeka. The Wonkjur will be followed by a (light) ganachakra / feast and marks the end of the 1 month Vajrasattva...
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    Update from the Board of Trustees
    February 28, 2017
    Your Board members are: Jane Hobday; Sue Wilson; David Pooch; Duncan Mackay; Pierre Mitchell. Wangapeka has a board of trustees and we meet monthly.  Once a year we have a longer meeting in the form of a “board retreat” and this was held at Wangapeka earlier in February. Most of what was discussed was procedural...
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    Wondering what's happening at the Centre? Back by popular demand Rastus is here to update us!
    February 28, 2017
    News from the Main Hall It has been a great opportunity for lots of pats up here for me!  One day we had two classes of 12 and 13 year-old Steiner school kids overnight.  They were having a great time exploring the centre’s grounds and playing lots of games. They also...
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    Living Buddha, Living Dharma, Living Sangha: a modern Buddhist’s response to a Donald Trumpian world
    February 28, 2017
    Living Buddha, Living Dharma, Living Sangha or What’s the problem? What can I do? What can I realise? How can we help? (a modern Buddhist’s response to a Donald Trumpian world) by Tarchin Hearn, Feb. 2017 Click here to read in PDF format Late afternoon sun and it’s hot. With passing rainless days, everything has...
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    Caring for our Centre – Labour Weekend Working Bee Photos
    December 9, 2016
    Over labour weekend we had a successful working bee at the Centre. Projects tackled included painting the Hay Shed, cleaning the pagoda and cool store, maintenance of the stream track, rat-proofing of Omahu, defrosting the freezers, and lots of little painting and gardening jobs. It was great to have...
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    Red Chenrezi Retreat and recent photos of Tarchin Hearn
    August 30, 2016
    Tarchin Hearn gave beautiful teachings on Red Chenrezi and Mahamudra at Orgyen Hermitage recently. Here are some photos from this meditation retreat. If you would like to be kept up to date with Tarchin Hearn’s retreats you can sign up to their mail list on the Green Dharma Treasury website contact...
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    We are looking to fill the Office Caretaker Position
    June 5, 2016
    Work in one of the most beautiful places in the world We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic office caretaker to join the community at the Wangapeka Study and retreat Centre ideally starting September 2016. You must be a NZ resident or have permission to work in NZ and have computer...
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    Green Tara Empowerment with Tarchin, Katikati Feb 6
    January 25, 2016
    Green Tara empowerment with Tarchin for Waiting Day in Katikati. Waitangi Green Tara  at Whispering Stream Feb 6, 2016 84A Windridge Lane RD 4 Katikati   There will be cars going down from Auckland – text/ring Mira if you need a lift 021 548 781 In the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Jetsun Dolma Ariya Tara, in green...
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    The Dharma of Illness and The Medicine of Wonderment by Tarchin Hearn
    November 3, 2015
    A Note from Tarchin Due to ongoing health issues, which are in the process of being looked after, I am not committing to any further public teachings. Instead, Mary and I are enjoying a pause for deepening contemplation and study. In the mean time I continue to work with individuals at here at Orgyen.  We...
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    A day in the life of a Land Caretaker Part 2
    June 3, 2015
    By Guy Nicholls Land Caretakers at the Wangapeka Retreat Centre have to be compassionately tough and resilient or else, as many know, the Land will soon enough be taking care of them. Thankfully for me every day in some way feeds into the enlightening process. It’s absolutely nothing like serving...