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A meditation retreat: Natural Awakening

Auckland Sphere Group

Thursday, 13 April 2017 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, 16 April 2017 at 4:00 PM (NZST)

A meditation retreat:  Natural Awakening

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Waged 13 Apr 2017 NZ$410.00 NZ$23.04
Unwaged 13 Apr 2017 NZ$380.00 NZ$21.39

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A modern expression of Buddhist teaching and practice, with Tarchin Hearn

This will be a residential retreat in the beautiful grounds of the Bella Rakha Retreat Centre with one of New Zealand's most experienced and respected teachers of Buddha Dharma and contemplation - Tarchin Hearn.  Several classes will be held over the weekend where teachings and instructions will be given.  In between classes, participants will have time to sit or walk in quiet contemplation and meditation in the grounds.  These times in-between classes will be mainly in silence.  The retreat is suitable for all levels of meditators - from newcomers to those more experienced.

The theme of the retreat is Natural Awakening - A Path of Contemplative Science.

Natural awakening emerges, for human beings, through the cultivation and integration of three aspects of living: 1) friendly enquiry; a stance of kindness and interest about everything and everyone. 2) the practice of already here; embodying the implications of realizing that all one’s experience arises in and through the complex multi-leveled activities of life and living, and that living takes place as a continuously arising ever-fresh here and now. 3) creative experimentation in the face of difficulty; learning the arts of remaining fresh and responsive in the face of the unexpected.

Life, as an evolving dance of interdependency, has always presented difficulties and challenges, but today we humans are facing immense ones which our ways of living have largely brought about.  This retreat will provide an opportunity for us to meet and mingle, and through living and exploring together, to deepen and further clarify our inspirations and experiential understandings.  In doing this, we will contribute to a more compassionate and functionally wise world – a meaningful gift to children and generations of great grandchildren yet to come.

Tarchin Hearn

Tarchin Hearn, a self described ‘yogi of the natural world’,  is a widely respected teacher and practitioner of Contemplative Science and Natural Awakening. Since 1977 he has taught in many countries and helped establish a number of centres for retreat and healing. His work, rooted in Buddhist principles, links personal and communal healing with a deep ecological perspective in ways that have inspired a wide range of people from a variety of diverse backgrounds and traditions. Writer, artist, poet, traveller and inspiring teacher, Tarchin’s approach is thoroughly non-sectarian and universal in nature. Tarchin lives in New Zealand with his partner and long time companion, Mary Jenkins. You can find out more about Tarchin, his writing and schedule here.


The fees for the retreat are:

WAGED      –      $410 + dana (donation/ koha) for the teacher

UNWAGED –      $380 + dana (donation/ koha) for the teacher

NOTE: The course fee includes accommodation, food and contribution towards Tarchin's travel costs. It doesn’t include any dana / donation to him for his teachings. In accordance with tradition, this is left up to each individual to gift according to their own means. Please bring cash for offering dana.

 About Dana or considered generosity. 

Dana is often taken to simply mean donation or gift. Dana is a Buddhist teaching about generosity of spirit or the sharing of blessings, the aspiration to generate health and goodwill in all the cycles of giving and receiving; the transactions of daily life. In reflecting on the practice of dana one begins to understand the interdependence of life. Dana is a gift that supports the livelihood of the teacher and their families. In turn the teachings offered are to support you in meeting with life with wisdom and compassion. Each participant arrives at the amount of dana voluntarily. Teachers of the Dharma are supported by considered generosity. It is customary to offer dana at the beginning of the retreat (there is a traditional bowl for this in the main hall). Giving prior to the teaching supports the experience of openness and generosity.

Contact details:  Janet at:;  021 298 1242

Also: – we are looking for a cook for this retreat in exchange for free accommodation and food, anyone interested please apply to Janet.

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Bella Rakha Retreat Centre & Creative Venue
581 West Coast Road
Auckland, Auckland 0604
New Zealand

Thursday, 13 April 2017 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, 16 April 2017 at 4:00 PM (NZST)

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