refuge retreat, sunday october 3, palmerston north

Note: If we are still at Level 2, we need to make sure that we limit numbers for each session - so if you would like to come to the centre for any (or all) of the sessions, you will need to call the centre to book your possie.

We'll update this info closer to the event. If we are at Level 1, or beyond levels, there will be no need to book, just come along to any (or all!) of the sessions.

The foundation of the Buddhist way of life is to go for refuge – to Buddha, to guide us along the spiritual path to enlightenment; to Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) to protect us from fear and suffering; and to Sangha (those practising Buddha’s teachings) to inspire us, show a good example and to help us along the path to inner peace.

Going for refuge means finding inner protection from our problems and worries so that we remain peaceful and happy, no matter how difficult our external circumstances may be.

The retreat is a perfect opportunity to take some time out of the hustle, bustle and noise of life to be still and quiet - so that we can nurture and deepen our own sense of inner peace, and develop those qualities of mind that protect us from inner suffering. If you haven't attended a retreat like this before, you are welcome to come along and try it out. It's a very peaceful experience.

There are four sessions over the day, and you are welcome to come along to any or all of the sessions (though see the note above - if we are still at Level 2, you will need to let us know so that we can make sure that we restrict numbers in the gompa). Kelsang Phunwang will guide us, and  each session will  consist of chanted prayers sung in English and a silent period for your own reading, contemplation and meditation. Meditation handbooks will be available to help with this.

Amitabha Centre, 174 Albert Street, Palmerston North, 4410

Sunday, October 3

Session times:

  • 8.30- 10.00am
  • 11.30 - 1.00pm
  • 3.00 - 4.30pm

Tea and coffee will available between sessions, and you are welcome to bring your own lunch if you would like to stay for the day.