blessing empowerment and retreat: increasing our wisdom, long-life and good fortune, november 16 & 17, palmerston north

Why come to an empowerment?

Even when the sun is shining, if our house is shuttered only a little light can enter and our house will remain cold and dark; but if we open the shutters the warm rays of the sun will come pouring in. (Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Eight Steps to Happiness.)

In essence, an empowerment is a little like taking an opportunity to consciously and deliberately throw back the shutters of our mind, and open ourselves up to the blessings of the Buddhas (and the universe) - letting warm rays of happiness and peace into our hearts.

We immerse ourselves in this positive energy, and let ourselves imagine what it would be like to never feel angry or anxious or sad again. We let ourselves picture a life characterised by authentic happiness, inner freedom, and real harmony. This takes a willingness to be open, and think beyond our normal limited vision - and can be a profoundly moving, positive and strengthening experience both for those who are new to Buddhism, as well as those who are more familiar with Buddhist traditions.

In summary, the Buddha taught that the source of happiness and suffering is within our minds: so if we wish to be happy and free of suffering, we need to 'change our minds'. An empowerment is all about helping us do just that.


blessing empowerment of buddha amitayus: saturday, november 16, 10am-4.30pm, addis house, palmerston north

Buddha Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, wisdom, and good fortune: a long life gives us full opportunity to make progress in our spiritual/inner development; wisdom guides us so that we are able to make this life truly meaningful; and good fortune helps us find the strength, health and opportunities to use this precious human life to meet our full potential.

In this empowerment, Gen Demo, our resident teacher at the Amitabha Centre, will explain the process, and guide us through meditations which will deepen our connection with Buddha Amitayus. She will also grant us his blessings, which provide us with the energy and opportunities that help us make progress on the path to enlightenment (a state of ultimate wisdom, peace, happiness and freedom from suffering - which in turn enables us to become real sources of peace and happiness for all other living beings).

See below for details and booking

yoga of buddha amitayus retreat, sunday, november 17, amitabha centre, palmerston north

On Sunday, we will have the opportunity to participate in the sadhana (prayers) to Buddha Amitayus and really take in, and take deeper, the blessings and insights from Saturday's empowerment. A time for gentle reflection, and a chance to explore the ways in which we can take this positive energy - and put it into action in our lives - so that we can make progress on the road to becoming the very best that we can be - for ourselves and others.

You are welcome to come to as many, or as few sessions as you would like. Details of times are given below.


details and bookings

empowerment and teachings: saturday, november 16
  • Time: 10am- 4pm (Note: Registrations will open at 9.30am; and it is important that you arrive a little early for the event, because we will come into the meditation room as a group)
  • Venue: Addis House, 135 Ruahine St. Palmerston North
  • Cost: $60 (includes a delicious vegetarian lunch)
  • Bookings are necessary
bookings for this day are essential - and you can make your booking by following this link to our secure booking page:




guided retreat: sunday, november 17
session times are as follows:
  • 9.30am - 10.45am
  • 11.45am - 1.00pm
  •  2.45pm - 4.00pm
  • bookings are NOT necessary - and you are welcome to come to one, two, or all three of the sessions
  • refreshments will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own lunch if you would like to stay at the centre for the full day