With Geshe Thupten Wangchen

26-28 November 2021

"There’s no way to end samsara without realizing emptiness. There’s no escape, no way to escape, no way to be liberated from all these forever without realizing emptiness, that which is the meaning of the Essence of Wisdom, or the Heart Sutra.”

       – Lama Thubten Yeshe


Join us for a weekend with Geshe Wangchen as he gives commentary on the most famous of all the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, the Heart Sutra. This short text reveals the truth of emptiness through an exchange between two of the Buddha’s most illustrious disciples, Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra. 


The brevity and profound nature of the Heart Sutra have made its recitation popular as an effective means for dispelling obstacles to spiritual endeavour.

The weekend will also include guided meditations and opportunities for discussion with Dharma friends – all while enjoying delicious vegetarian food and the idyllic retreat setting of Mahamudra Centre.


The program will start at 5pm on Friday 26 November and conclude at 4pm on Sunday 28 November.

About Geshe Thupten Wangchen


Geshe Wangchen came to New Zealand in 2003 at the request of our Spiritual Director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Geshe-la is a highly qualified Lharampa Geshe who has done extensive study, retreats and has taught at Kopan monastery in Nepal and at Varanasi University in India. Since arriving in New Zealand he has taught at DCI in Auckland. Read more about Geshe-la here.

Your investment for each workshop is… $240

This covers the centre’s facility fee and fully catered, healthy vegetarian meals (vegan/gluten free options are available).

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Accommodation prices per night


Camping per person (unpowered)                                    $20

Dormitory per person (shared toilet facilities)                  $32

Single room (shared toilet facilities)                                  $55

Rustic single hut (shared toilet facilities)                           $55

Single cabin (self-contained)                                            $100

Double room (shared toilet facilities)                                $76 (for 2)

Double cabin (self- contained)                                         $100 (for 2)

Triple room                                                                            $94 (for 3)