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Vajrasattva Retreat & Dzogchen Teachings with Lama Mark Webber

Feb 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pmMar 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Please note the accommodation units and huts at Wangapeka are now fully booked for this retreat.  Alternative accommodation in tents or off-site may still be possible.  If interested in these options, please inquire using the contact details below.


Retreat Description 

A meditation retreat on the Tantric Vajrasattva meditation from the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen lineage. This is a profound method of purification and meditation to free frozen and hidden habit patterns and reveal one’s stainless innate nature. Dzogchen (dzogs pa chen po)—Great Completion—refers to both the path of recognizing mind’s innate pristine wisdom and the full realization of Buddha-nature.

The retreat will start with teachings on the Drikung Yangzab outer and inner Preliminary practices, including Vajrasattva. In addition, Lama Mark will give teachings on both śamatha (calm abiding) and vipaśyanā (penetrative Insight) meditations and their unity, and guide Vajrasattva meditations with emphasis on the view, meditation and conduct of the tradition of Dzogchen. There will be opportunities for interviews with the teacher.




Teachings and practices in this retreat are in the lineage Padmasambhava revealed by the great Tertön Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsog (1509–1557) of the Drikung Kagyu and passed down unbroken through to Lama Mark’s teacher Ven. Lho Ontul Rinpoche.

The texts of the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen outer and inner Preliminary practices, including Vajrasattva will be provided to retreatants. Lama Mark will be bestowing Empowerments.


Course Fee

We are still finalising costs for this retreat as Lama Mark’s overall 2017 teaching schedule takes shape, but approximate costs are now expected to be:

For Wangapeka Members: NZ$2,500

For non-members: NZ$2,700

This fee includes all accommodation, meals, cooks fee, materials as well as a contribution towards Lama Mark’s anticipated travel costs.  As we get closer to the retreat and things start to firm up, we hope to be able to revise these costs downwards, but please budget for these amounts at this stage.

These course fees do not include any payment for the teacher / teaching.  In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Lama Mark offers the teaching of Dharma out of generosity.  There will be opportunity to offer dana / donation for Lama Mark in return, in appreciation of the teachings and to help support the continued flow of Dharma. Please give as generously as you can (within your own means, of course…).  As a rough guide, we suggest allowing for about NZ$30 per day, but this should be considered in light of your individual means.



To officially register for this retreat, please use Wangapeka’s on-line form:


*Please consider becoming a Wangapeka member – click here for details.


Dates / Times 

Approximate dates for this retreat are Tuesday February 28 – Saturday April 1, 2017.  These may be adjusted slightly to fit in with Lama Mark’s overall 2017 NZ teaching programme.

Course Manager 

Please direct all inquiries and expressions of interest to Jonathan Chambers – info@openbreath.org, 021 1860 476



About Lama Mark 

Lama Mark (Lama Karma Tenpa Lekshe Yongdu) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma,Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu. More recently under the guidance and request of H.E. Lho Ontul Rinpoche, a gifted teacher and yogi, Lama Mark has been practicing and teaching the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.

Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism.  His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.

For more information about Lama Mark, see: www.markwebber.org/about/



Feb 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Mar 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
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Welcome to the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre. People visit from all over the world to meditate and enjoy the peace of this remarkable destination. The Wangapeka is a purpose built retreat centre, with fresh clean air and beautiful vistas. It is very quiet and ideal for respite, stress relief and deep meditation. We have a meditation hall, solo retreat huts, a main hall for dining and community, and a fully catered kitchen and an onsite vegetable garden.

The Wangapeka Study and Retreat Meditation Centre is a Universalist centre home to a wide range of teachings, paths, and studies. Retreats are held on Mindfulness, Vipassana, Insight, Heart based practices, Loving Kindness, Calm-abiding, Metta, Compassion, Conscious Movement, Nature, Forest Walks, Yoga, Dance, Feldenkrais, Wellness, Wellbeing, Archetypal Integration, Western Mysticism, Non-Duality, Zen, Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings with Empowerments and Sadhana Practice.

We are located in the foothills of the Southern Alps overlooking the Wangapeka River, about an hour and a half drive SW of Nelson, in the South Island of New Zealand.

We have meditation retreats throughout the year, have huts available for solo retreats, and welcome bookings from external groups. There are also opportunities available to work on our land. Come and enjoy this uniquely vibrant and peaceful centre.

355 Wangapeka River Rd
R.D.2. Wakefield 7096
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 522 4221

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