blessing empowerment and retreat: increasing our compassion, november 14 & 15, 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 love and compassion into our hearts.

We immerse ourselves in this positive energy, and let ourselves imagine what it would be like to never feel angry or negative towards others. We let ourselves picture a life characterised by deep and enduring compassion. 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 avalokiteshvara: saturday, november 14, 10am-4.30pm, amitabha centre, palmerston north

Compassion is a mind that finds the suffering of others unbearable, but it does not make us depressed. In fact it gives us tremendous energy to work for others and to complete the spiritual path for their sake. It shatters our complacency and makes it impossible to rest content with the superficial happiness of satisfying our worldly desires, yet in its place we shall come to know a deep inner peace that cannot be disturbed by changing conditions. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Buddha Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of the compassion of all enlightened beings. Receiving this Empowerment awakens our potential for universal compassion. By relying upon Avalokiteshvara we will receive special blessings, naturally increase our own compassion and ultimately attain the universal compassion of a Buddha, with the ability to benefit each and every living being.

In this empowerment, Birgit, our resident teacher at the Amitabha Centre, will explain the process, and guide us through meditations which will deepen our connection with Buddha Avalokiteshvara. 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 avalokiteshvara retreat, sunday, november 15, amitabha centre, palmerston north

On Sunday, we will have the opportunity to participate in the sadhana (prayers) to Buddha Avalokiteshvara 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 deep compassion - 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 14
  • Time: 10am- 4.30pm (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: Amitabha Centre, 174 Albert Street St. Palmerston North
  • Cost: $60; $30 (unwaged) - includes a delicious vegetarian lunch
  • Bookings are necessary
  • 10 - 12 noon empowerment
  • 1.30 - 3 pm commentary
  • 3.30 - 4,30 pm Sadhana (prayers)
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 15
session times are as follows:
  • 10.00 - 11.00 am
  • 12.00 - 1.00 pm
  •  3.00 - 4.00 pm
  • 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