Mahayana Refuge Retreat

Saturday 28 August – Friday 3 September 2021


24 Rugby St, Merivale, Christchurch

What is Refuge?

We can find true refuge from our problems and suffering by developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom.  This inner experience is the Dharma – a Sanskrit word which means “protection”.  Gaining a deep inner experience of these virtuous minds can completely protect us from suffering and enable us to experience a deep inner happiness no matter what is happening in our life.  We cultivate this precious mind of refuge by relying upon enlightened beings (Buddhas) and genuine spiritual friends (Sangha).   On this retreat, we will have the opportunity to develop and improve our inner wealth of refuge.

Everybody is welcome to this retreat.  There is no pre-required knowledge or experience in order to engage in this retreat.  Whether you are a Buddhist or not, beginner or a more advanced practitioner, EVERYBODY WELCOME.


There are three to four sessions per day. Each session lasts for one and a half hours and consists of chanted prayers in English and silent mantra recitation. During retreat everyone is asked to maintain silence from after the last session at night until after the second session the next morning. You are welcome to drop in for any or all of the retreat sessions.  There is no charge for retreat sessions  – donations welcome. Introduction is $10.

Session Times

Friday 27 August – Introduction with Kelsang Luma – 8 – 9.00pm

Saturday 28 August – Friday 3 September 

Ses 1: 7.30 – 9.00am

Ses 2: 10.30 – 12.00pm

Ses 3: 4.00 – 5.30pm

Ses 4: 7.30 – 9.00pm

with the following exceptions:

Sunday 29th August – session 2  begins 11.00pm – 12.30pm

Sunday 29th August no session 3

Sunday 29th August no session 4 – Kangso 6.00 – 9.30pm

Monday 30th August no session 4 – FP class 6.30 – 9.00pm

Tuesday 31st August no session 4  –  GP class 7.30 – 9.00pm

Friday 3 September no session 4 – WFJ with Tsog 6.00 – 7.30pm & Refuge Vow Ceremony 8.00 – 9.00pm

Please note that session times vary. Please check our calendar on our homepage for updated session times.

Refuge Vow Ceremony 

Friday 3 September 8.00 – 9.00pm

The Refuge Vow Ceremony is a special opportunity to formally take or renew the Refuge Vows and enter Buddhism. The Ceremony is open to everyone who seeks to follow the Buddhist path . There will be a short teaching on refuge followed by a beautiful chanted prayer practice and vow ceremony.  You are welcome to bring an offering.