A Buddhist monastery set in a 60 hectare (150 acre) wooded valley near Wellington, New Zealand. Principally a residence for those wishing to participate or train in the monastic lifestyle it is the focus for a thriving Buddhist community of many cultures. The forested area with remote lodgings provides a suitable environment for seclusion. Senior monks offer instruction in meditation, Buddhist principles, retreats and provide traditional religious services.
- June Retreat
Friday 2nd, 7pm — Wednesday 7th June 4.30pm. Focusing on a relaxed continuity of mindfulness throughout the day. An emphasis on how to make the mind happy. Book using the guest booking form.
- Meditation Workshop
Saturday: 3rd June. 1pm – 5pm. Suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators. Guidance and teaching will be given both on meditation and aspects of Buddhism. Some time will be given to group discussion on individual technique and progress. This overlaps with the retreat which will compliment the workshop. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday.
Verse from the Khuddaka
do not reach the celestial realms.
But the wise rejoice in giving
and forever abide in bliss.
August 2023Vassa: 1 August - 29 October All Day — Coinciding with the Asian monsoon season this period of monastic practice was established by the Buddha as an opportunity for the Sangha to give focused attention to dhamma and vinaya, both individually and communally. Most public activities will continue unchanged. You are always welcome...
September 2023Sunday Evening: 24 September 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm — Come at 5pm for a cup of tea and informal discussion with the sangha. Then at 6pm; chanting and meditation, with instruction and guidance, is followed by Refuges and Precept and then a talk and Q&A. Suitable for beginners.
Evening Puja: 26 September 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm — The community meets for chanting and meditation in the main hall.
Morning Puja: 27 September 5:15 am - 6:30 am — The community meets for chanting and meditation in the main hall.
Alms Round: 27 September 8:15 am - 9:15 am — At about 8.15am monastics walk from the monastery down Stokes Valley Road to the shopping area to collect alms. The walk takes about 30 minutes and you are most welcome to make an offering anywhere along the way - there or back.
Evening Puja: 27 September 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm — The community meets for chanting and meditation in the main hall.
Morning Puja: 28 September 5:15 am - 6:30 am — The community meets for chanting and meditation in the main hall.
Evening Puja: 28 September 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm — The community meets for chanting and meditation in the main hall.