World Problems: a Buddhist View and a Buddhist Response

World Problems: a Buddhist View and a Buddhist Response

Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July at Wellington Buddhist Centre

The Buddha is renowned as the supremely compassionate one and taught the Dharma to alleviate suffering. We may have some understanding of how to apply his teaching in our personal life, but what does it mean in relation to problems like war, climate change, and racial violence? How can it help us to think creatively about such problems and find ways to respond that will have a real impact?

On this weekend non residential retreat we'll explore these questions through talks, Dharma study, discussion, meditation and ritual.

Everyone is welcome and no previous experience is required though it would be great if you have visited the Centre once or twice before the retreat starts.

The retreat is led by Jnanadhara. Jnanadhara is the Auckland and Wellington Buddhist Centre President and is visiting from Dublin.


Jnanadhara   Led by Jnanadhara
Book Now: $95 / $55

If you would like to come but can't afford the rate please contact us as we have a retreat fund specifically for this purpose.

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Time Activity
Friday 7.00 pm Introductions, reading and dedication ceremony
9.00 pm Close for the day
Saturday 9.00 am Meditation, teaching, ritual etc
1.00 pm Close for the day
Sunday 9.00 am Meditation, teaching, ritual etc
1.00 pm Meditation and retreat closing

Tea breaks and morning teas not shown

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Frequently Asked Questions

Whats "Non residential" mean

On non residential retreats we don't stay over night but come in to the centre in the mornings and return home in the evening or afternoon. They are less disruptive to your routine and means those weekend chores can still be done.

They also offer the advantage of integrating more meditation and study into our normal lives.

Do I need to be a Buddhist?

The retreat is suitable for everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs, and makes an excellent first retreat for people who have recently started being involved with meditation and Buddhism.

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.

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?

We will be providing tea and coffee and two light morning teas. All food will be vegan.

Do I have to be on the whole retreat?

Normally, yes, as people only doing part of the retreat can cause disruption. But please talk to the organiser if you would like to come but can't make every session.

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.

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.

Can I bring pets?

Please discuss this with us prior to booking.

Where to Find Us

Wellington Buddhist Centre

Driving by Car

There is parking in the car park at the end of Broomhedge St. Use the “Connect” carparks

Public Transport

The Nos. 1, 23e, 23z, 29 and 29e buses stop at the entrance to Broomhedge Street. The No. 3 stops outside the Countdown supermarket, 6 minutes walk away.