The Four Brahmaviharas

meditation retreat for mitras, Order members or by special request

heart like the ocean

This retreat will present and explore the Buddha's teaching on the cultivation of positive emotion and mindfulness as taught within the Triratna Buddhist community. So in order to benefit fully, it is essential that everyone attending has an established metta bhavana practise.

Bookings are limited and open to all mitras and Order members. If you have a established metta bhava practise but are new to the Triratna Buddhist Community - or simply not yet a mitra - and would like to attend this retreat, please contact the Auckland Buddhist Centre or Ratnavyuha directly.

"Positive emotion" is a broad term referring to all the 'skilful' and 'spiritually helpful' intentions which incline us towards Truth, Beauty and Goodness. In Buddhism, we talk about Enlightenment and Awakening. Within the constellation of emotions labelled as positive, we would include gratitude, devotion, care, good-will, appreciation, compassion, rejoicing, contentment, tranquility, peacefulness, loving-kindness, and perhaps a few more.

The Buddha's teaching of the Four Brahmaviharas will be our main exploration, but we will also look at his teachings on sraddha (sometimes translated as confidence-trust or Buddhist faith, with its connotation of a positive imaginal faculty which points beyond the known). We'll also be actively exploring the devotional and imaginal aspects of meditation.


Start: 29 August 2020 at 6:00pm
Finish: 06 September 2020 at 12:00pm


$590 waged/$540 low or unwaged
bookings are limited

please don't let money be a barrier - contact us for options


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Tararu Valley, Thames

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Portrait of Ratnavyuha

Ratnavyuha has been actively involved with the Triratna Buddhist community since 1992. An interest in T'ai Ch'i classes turned into an interest in…

Portrait of Maitrikirti

Maitrikirti lives in Thames and was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2019. She helps out with management of the Sudarshanaloka Retreat…

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