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The Union of Compassion and Emptiness Retreat with Keith Rowan
Aug 30 – Sep 6
The process of awakening our hearts and minds is a journey into vastness. A deepening recognition of the boundless scope of our heart’s capacity for goodness, opens the doors to the innate freedom of reality itself.
In this short retreat period we will explore through teachings, discussion and practice the themes of compassion and emptiness. The search for understanding is a truly scientific search, and an honest appreciation of our direct experiences. Therefore, this retreat will be accessible to all, regardless of background.
All are welcome.
30 August, 6pm – 6 September, 2pm 2019
$595 or $85 per night ($525 or $75 per day for members of the Wangapeka Centre)
Plus dana/donation for the teaching.
Dana is a practice of generosity tempered by an appreciation of your current financial means. It is a direct expression, to yourself, of how you value the teachings. Any contributions are used for furthering dharma activities. The fixed cost covers accommodation, food and cook’s fee.
Attending for just the first weekend (or longer) is OK but no one will be allowed to join after the retreat has started.
A $100 deposit is required at registration.
If using Paypal please add 5% of the total cost and include with your payment to cover Paypal’s fees – many thanks.
To register please fill out our online registration form
Contact: Any enquiries please contact
Registration beforehand is essential. On receipt of the deposit you will receive an email of guidance for those new to the Wangapeka Centre.
About Keith Rowan
Keith Rowan is an elder of the Wangapeka.
Keith Rowan met and travelled with the Ven. Namgyal Rinpoché, his principal teacher of dharma, over 25 years ago and, he says, “…I haven’t been the same since.” From that time he has also been taught and inspired by many other wonderful teachers and friends in many countries, particularly Chimé Shore, Tarchin Hearn and the Venerable Kalu Rinpoché, creating a rich background in the study of mind.
He came to New Zealand 17 years ago and has been widely involved with the work of the Wangapeka Retreat Centre throughout that time as student, meditator, co-ordinator, teacher and general labourer.
He says, “My interest these days is to support explorations of dharma here in Nelson. I have a great affinity with anyone trying to understand their life in the midst of the bustle of suburbia. That has been my struggle. The aim is to be a dharma friend to anyone wanting to explore this great mystery called being conscious.”
Keith draws on a wide range of methods, some traditional, some modern, presenting the work from a non-sectarian view. In between times, he practises as a building designer in Nelson.
He also teaches at The Nelson Buddhist Centre with teacher Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoché.