The Dynamic Mandala
Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February at Strathean Retreat Centre
Note: For order members and mitras only
Tejananda has been practising Buddhism and meditation for over 30 years and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 1980. He has been part of the resident / teaching team at Vajraloka since 1995 and became chairman of the centre in 2001. In meditation he has practiced just about everything in the repertoire of the Triratna Buddhist Community and is now particularly inspired by the ‘formless’ or ‘awareness’ approaches arising from just sitting.
In Triratna, our system of practice is a dynamic mandala of five principles. We progressively integrate mind and body, samatha and vipassana, and discover the power of skilful and positive mental states. Then, directly penetrating and dispelling our delusions, we open ever-more to the wonder of what is. Thus, at last, we can wake up to and be who and what we truly are.
On this retreat we’ll take a somatic approach these five principles, that is, one based in the living energy of our body and being. Through being open to the energy of the body, and by becoming attuned its actual nature we’ll discover ways to “integrate” all five principles experientially into a single, embodied ’non-practice’ of Simply Being.
Note: This retreat is now fully booked, but if you would like to go on a waiting list please complete the booking form and we will let you know if or when a place becomes available.
Unwaged price is for anyone who is low income, a student or has a valid CSC. 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.
If you cannot afford to pay the full amount upfront now, you can book now and pay in cash or online before the retreat.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring?
You will need to bring a pillow slip and sleeping bag or sheets and duvet, towel and toiletries. 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.
You may also wish to bring wet weather clothing (gumboots, raincoat, etc), ear plugs and a torch.
What is the accommodation like?
Strathean is based around a large two storey house and its annexes. There are mostly shared single-sex rooms which will be assigned to you on arrival. There a few single rooms for people with special needs. Please contact the organiser if you need a single room.
What about food?
All food is provided. Meals are vegan but there is milk and yoghurt available for vegetarians. If you have a special dietary need please let the organiser know when you book.
How is the cooking and other duties done?
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. These duties are shared by the retreatants.
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.
Do I need to be a Buddhist? / How long do I need to have been coming?
The retreat is especially suited for people who are completely new to meditation and Buddhism, and suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs.
Is it okay to join for one day?
Sorry, the retreat is for the whole 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.
What is pūjā?
A pūjā is a traditional Buddhist ritual that engages our emotions and imaginations through the use of colour, beauty and celebration.
To feel fully and vibrantly alive, we need to be engaged with all the different aspects and levels of our being.
How To Get Here
Travelling by Car
If you are driving, turn off SH1 onto the Otaki Forks Road, just before Otaki. Drive for 2.6 km then turn right onto Old Hautere Road. Strathean is 1 km along this road on the left. Ideally it takes about an hour from Wellington to get there. But bear in mind you may be travelling 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.