23 Oct 2022


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Namgyal Meditations led by Bonni Ross

Sunday October 23rd at 10.00am

As part of the traditional Labour Weekend gathering (Friday 21st -Sunday 23rd) Bonni Ross will give teachings and guided meditation practice in commemoration and celebration of Namgyal Rinpoche. Everybody is welcome. Please come up to the Centre and take part.


Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche

Namgyal Rinpoche once told us he considered himself to be a conservative. He explained that he meant “one who preserves or conserves things that are precious.” For many of us, that meant the rigour with which he conveyed the essence of the practices and philosophical supports of the traditional Buddhist cultures, right up to the morning of the day of his passing away in October 2003.

In the 1980’s and early 90’s he crafted and taught a series of practices which he called “universalist.” They were designed for all beings, not only those inclined to religious practices, especially if they were culturally unfamiliar. These offer the essential ingredients of the purification and developmental meditative process of traditional Buddhadharma in verbal and symbolic language familiar to western-educated and scientifically conditioned people.

This year we will celebrate Namgyal Rinpoche’s life by recalling this very personal legacy, sprung from the depth of his vast understanding of the nature of universal consciousness meeting with the conditioning of people much like us.

The morning will be followed by a hearty Wangapeka gluten and dairy free lunch.

You are welcome to offer dana for the teachings and for the cook.  Lunch will be provided for all.

Please let us know that you will be coming by contacting the office caretaker

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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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