Anapanasati mindfulness meditation retreat

Awareness is revolutionary - peace is a fire

buddha and tree

During the meditation retreat we train in breathing with mindfulness according to the Ᾱnāpānasati Sutta from the Majjhima Nikaya of the Pali Canon; the Buddha's principal discourse on mindfulness meditation.

The Ᾱnāpānasati system works with a deepening awareness of the senses in the context of body, feeling and mind; viewed from different perspectives of mindfulness that we practice and explore in meditation – and silence.

The Buddha says of this training:

"Friends, this is the direct path for the purification of beings, for the surmounting of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of dukkha and discontent, for the acquiring of the true method, for the realization of nibbāna."

Meditation arises from the need to engage more deeply with our experience and to understand the nature of that experience.

With Ᾱnāpānasati we are embarking upon a whole process of spiritual development and integration that in the end, although not always pleasant or easy, is ultimately the only thing that is satisfying.

The Ᾱnāpānasati meditation practice is woven into a system of practice which, when developed and cultivated, is of great fruit and great benefit.

Strictly no mobile phones or internet access permitted on retreat.

Due to the current Covid situation in Thames, this retreat is only open to Order members and mitras living in Covid level 2 restricted areas. It will be run as a friends and whaanau gathering. This means:

  • no physical distancing
  • you may choose to wear a mask, but it will not be required of anyone
  • no room sharing, unless you're from the same household bubble
  • please do not come if you have any symptoms of cold and flu at the time
  • you agree to be taken to Thames for a Covid test if you develop symptoms while on retreat


Start: 05 November 2021 at 6:30pm
Finish: 14 November 2021 at 11:00am


$645 waged /$605 low or unwaged
If cost is a barrier please contact the Auckland Buddhist Centre to discuss

As Thames remains at alert level 2, bookings can only be taken for Order Members and mitras who live in a level 2 restricted area. Please do not book on if that is not your situation.

Caring for each other's health

Before attending, please read our current Covid Guidelines. This is part of how we practice together.


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Tararu Valley, Thames

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