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Generating the Bodhisattva Vow

Generating the Bodhisattva Vow

Thursday 13 July 2023 – Sunday 16 July 2023 at Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat Centre

Join us for a three day retreat over Matariki long weekend at Otaki Gorge.

The theme for this retreat comes from Vasubandhu's text  "Treatise on Generating the Bodhisattva Vow". In this he recommends four reflections:

- Recollecting the Life of the Buddha
- Seeing the Faults of Conditioned Existence
- Observing the Suffering of Sentient Beings
- Contemplating the Virtues of the Tathagathas

On this retreat we will be practising these reflections in order to deepen our emotional appreciation of them.

For Mitras and Order members only.

This retreat will be held at Waihōanga River Lodge and Retreat Centre


Book Now: $330 / $255 / $255

We want everyone to have the opportunity to come on retreat. If you cannot afford the cost even with concessions, we may be able to help. Please contact us to discuss.

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Typical Programme (May vary depending on topic)

Time Activity
0700 Morning Meditation
0900 Breakfast
10:30am First Teaching session/ Discussion
1pm Lunch
4pm Afternoon activity/ Discussion
6:30pm Dinner
8pm Evening Meditation/Puja
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a Buddhist?

You need to be a Triratna Order member or Mitra to attend this retreat.

What should I bring?

As it will be mid winter it will be cold so bring warm clothes. A warm hat and slippers would also be good. You may also wish to bring wet weather clothing (gumboots, raincoat, etc), ear plugs and a torch.

You will need to bring toiletries. Bedding is supplied.

Also loose clothing for meditation and pens and paper to take notes.

All mats, blankets, stools and a limited number of cushions will be provided for meditation, but please feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

What is your cancellation policy?

It is WBC policy that we will not profit or make a loss from cancellations. If you no longer wish to attend the retreat your deposit will be refunded less transaction charges unless the retreat is full and there isn't anyone to take your place, in which case the deposit will be non-refundable.

What is the accommodation like?

Waihōanga is based around a large single storey building. There are mostly shared single-sex bunk rooms which will be assigned to you on arrival.

I can't come anymore. What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel, please discuss with us. The WBC will not make a loss or a profit due to a person withdrawing. Refunds will made less WBC’s direct costs.

What about food?

All food is provided. Meals are vegan. If you have a special dietary need please let the organiser know before you book.

How is the cooking and other duties done?

These duties are shared by the retreatants.

Please sign up for cooking and washing up when you arrive.

There will be some work needed to set up for the retreat at the start and to clean at the end.

Do I have to be on the whole retreat?

Normally, yes, as people arriving and leaving the retreat can cause disruption. But please talk to the organiser if you need to arrive late or leave early.

Why do you need to know about health problems I have?

We need to discuss any health issues to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable retreat. This is so we can identify your particular needs and do our best to meet them.

It does not mean you will be excluded from the retreat. One of our order members (who is a trained nurse) will contact you to discuss the problems. All information will be kept confidential and destroyed after the retreat.

Is it okay to come for one day?

The retreat is for the whole three day weekend. Leaving early can disrupt the energy of the retreat therefore we don't allow people to come for one day. There are regular day retreats at the centre which you can attend if you choose.

Can I bring pets?

Pets are not allowed on the property. It is the retreat center's policy to not have pets on the property. Exemptions can be made for medical or mobility reasons. Please discuss this with us prior to booking.

The Team


How To Get Here

Driving by Car

If you are driving, turn left off SH1 at Te Horo Beach Road and then, in 50 m, first right over SH1 bridge to School Road. Drive through Te Horo village and follow Hautere Cross Rd until you come to Otaki Gorge Road. Turn right and head up the Gorge passing through the tunnel of trees. Take the sharp left over the Suspension Bridge crossing the Otaki river then take your first right. Ideally it takes about an hour and a quarter from Wellington to get there. But bear in mind you may be traveling through Friday night commuter traffic, so it could take up to two hours.

Travelling by Train

Please discuss this with the retreat organiser prior to the retreat. 

Train to Ōtaki: 

It would be the most helpful if you take the Capital Connection Express train that goes to Palmerston North and stops at Ōtaki. This leaves at 5:15pm from Wellington Station. There is only one evening train. Ticket is $14 one way and can be purchased on board or at the station. Please take cash.

Train to Waikanae   (Timetable)

The other option is to take the normal metro train to Waikanae. They leave every 30 mins or so. Please let us know when you leave Wellington.  We can organise someone to pick you up from the Waikanae train station.