Guru Yoga Retreat

Sunday, 2 June until Tuesday, 4 June 7:30am-12:00pm

Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland

2 Stokes Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland, 1024

The retreat involves making mandala offerings and developing faith in enlightened beings. It creates an abundance of good karma or (good fortune) that will result in the fulfillment of our wishes. It will also help us develop spiritually very quickly. This Retreat follows the Workshop on Saturday 01 June where this practice will be taught and explained. However it is not necessary to attend the Day Course, to take part in the Retreat.

Session Times: Sunday 02 June
7.30am – 9.00am
11.30 – 1.00pm
3.00 – 5.15pm

Monday 03 June
7.30 – 9am

Tuesday 04 June
7.30 – 9am

All schools of Buddhism agree that the practice of Guru yoga, or relying upon a Spiritual Guide, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments.

We can understand this from our ordinary experiences. For example, if we want to acquire special skills, become proficient at a particular sport, or learn to play a musical instrument well, we naturally seek a qualified teacher to instruct us. By following our teacher’s example and sincerely applying his or her instructions, eventually we accomplish our aim and become just like our teacher. If reliance upon a qualified teacher is necessary for mundane achievements such as these, how much more necessary is it for spiritual attainments such as liberation or enlightenment?

A pure Spiritual Guide must have authentic spiritual attainments, hold a pure lineage, cherish the Buddhadharma, and with love and compassion give unmistaken teachings to his or her disciples. If we meet such a Spiritual Guide we should consider ourself to be very fortunate. We should develop faith in him and rely upon him or her sincerely by practicing purely what he or she teaches.

To meet a fully-qualified Spiritual Guide is infinitely more meaningful than to possess external wealth. Our Spiritual Guide is our real benefactor. He or she gives us the inner wealth of moral discipline, concentration, and wisdom, and eventually leads us to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment.

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About the teacher

Kelsang Pawo

Kelsang Pawo is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland. He is a Kiwi Buddhist monk who is dedicated to helping people develop inner peace, and find real meaning in their lives. He teaches regularly at our Centre in Mt Eden, as well as in Onehunga & Takapuna.

  • Sunday, 2 June until Tuesday, 4 June
  • 7:30am-12:00pm
  • Mt Eden
  • Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland

  • 2 Stokes Rd
    Mt Eden
  • $60 whole retreat $30 per day, Tuesday $15
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