Land of Beautiful Vision
What is Sudarshanaloka?
"Sudarshanaloka" means "Land of Beautiful (or Happy) Vision" this Vision is not just about the beautiful view of the hills and water and native bush, "Beautiful Vision" is also about Sangha working together to manifest their shared vision through collective work and practise...not just some abstract unreachable beauty, but the beauty of Sangha.
Sudarshanaloka is a Mandala of different people and activities including the Retreat Centre and resident Community; Lotus Realm Gift and Music shop in Thames; Buddhaloka, the Buddhist Centre in Thames Township (upstairs in the Post office building); Buddhafield, an outreach and Festival team and a network of friendships that spreads across New Zealand and across the World which is the Triratna Buddhist Community
This Mandala grows with each person who forms a spiritual connection with Sudarshanaloka, whether by coming on Retreat, visiting the Community or maybe helping out in some other area. This mandala includes YOU TOO! Sudarshanaloka is all about POTENTIAL and working together to MANIFEST our shared ideals, this IS our Practise! Come and Practise with us.
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SPRING HAS SPRUNG up the Valley, cold nights, sunny days and new growth everywhere. If you feel like Spring-cleaning your psyche, book in for a Solo Retreat, or come on one of the upcoming house retreats!
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NEW SOLO RETREAT CABIN OPENED: the long anticipated new Cabin with the working title of 'Taraire' has been dedicated, and in One Years time a Buddhist name will be selected once people have had a chance to view and use the Cabin and see what suits. It is already proving to be a popular addition to our facilities, and is already booked up until Feb 2015. Many thanks to the donor of the initial funds, Andrew Crowe, and to Taranatha and others for the additional funds raised to complete it. Thanks also the all of the builders and volunteers to worked on it over the years. It has evolved into a wonderful space(see some photos in the Slideshow further down the page!). The Landscaping around the hut is still to be developed.
HOUSE RETREATS: The Community has been kept busy with more Retreats being held through the Winter than usual, which is fantastic and also challenging at times due to the weather. Well done to the Retreatants who braved chilly weather to enjoy the Retreats on offer! The log burner in the house was a welcome focal point. The Solar Batteries have pretty much reached the end of their very long lives and the development of a new Solar set-up for the House is a priority, advice has been sought about various options. On the positive side Solar Technology has really developed in leaps and bounds and is much more efficient now, and a proper set-up would provide adequate power for larger retreats, reducing petrol generator costs and some gas usage. If you are interested in this project contact the Sudarshanaloka Management Team.
THE DHARMA ROAD: Some urgent patching on the Dharma Road near the Red Shed has been done, but there are now many parts of the road that need re grading and gravelling, and possibly concreting. Various solutions are under consideration, and will no doubt be needing some funds. Please enquire of the Management Team if you may be able to help with this. In the meantime, car traffic has been minimised in the roughest areas.
Donations and practical help with labour/ equipment and services are always needed
please call 07 868 5341 or email email@example.com for bank account details and tax deductible donation receipts.
YOUR GENEROSITY MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE!
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Organized by Auckland Buddhist Centre | Type: retreat
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LOTUS REALM EMPORIUM & MUSIC SHOP
Ph 07 868 5341 Fax 07 868 5346
714 Pollen St, Thames
If you would like to support us to continue our charitable work, please consider donating goods to our Dana Drive (if you are Spring cleaning!), we have a van and can collect in the Auckland and Waikato areas.
You can also use us to sell you goods on commission, or you could come and give us a hand sometime.
Give us a call on 07 8686 5341 if you think you would like to help out.
Come and see us if you are in Thames!
Posted by mike inman on February 25, 2014 at 15:00