Teachings, Events, Courses

Sunday Teachings with Geshe-la

Sundays 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Where: Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Buddhist Centre, 159 Parakiore Rd, Whangarei.  (map)

Description: On Sunday Mornings, our resident spiritual teacher Ven. Geshe Sangey Thinley – fondly known as ‘Geshe-la’ gives a teaching and spiritual advice based on a life time of training and knowledge. Classes are translated through Skype by Anton Weiersmuller, who is based in Auckland. Teachings may also be attended through Skype for those wishing to attend from a distance. Please Contact Us if you wish to do this.

Note: On the Last Sunday of the Month Geshe-la is teaching on Waiheke Island.

All Welcome: The class and talk is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

After the teachings there is time for questions and a cup of tea.

Community Days: On the first Sunday of the month we have a Community day at the centre. This starts at 12 noon after teachings. We have a shared lunch (please bring along a vegetarian dish to share). Then for those who are able to stay we spend a bit of time working/laughing/creating good karma together helping the monks out with some chores around the centre – gardening, painting, cleaning etc. Bring your tools and a happy heart <3


Geshe-la teaches on Waiheke Island

First Teaching on Waiheke is on Sunday 23rd April

This year Geshe-la will be teaching “The Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva”
All teachings are open ALL
non-buddhists and buddhists will find these teachings equally valuable.

At Morra Hall once a month at 10am.  Usually this is the Last Sunday of the Month, but is subject to change so PLEASE check our Calendar for dates. See below for Schedule.

Geshe-la’s teachings will be kindly translated from Tibetan into English by Anton Weiersmuller.

The Thirty-Seven Practices where written in the Fourteenth century by Gyelsay Togmay Sangpo. “Recognizing their true potential and letting go of everything which could hinder them on their spiritual journey, Bodhisattvas entrust themselves to the path taught by the Buddha. Resisting disturbing emotions, they learn to respond to difficult situations in a constructive way. Fully understanding the nature of reality and the illusion-like nature of pleasure and pain, they overcome clinging attachment and aversion. In these ways, Bodhisattvas come to cherish living beings as the source of all happiness and are ultimately able to work solely for the good of all.” Geshe Sonam Rinchen.

By learning these practices it is possible for us to see how we can transform our actions, feelings and ways of thinking.

Ven. Geshe Sangey Thinley is the resident spiritual teacher of Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Buddhist Centre and has been a regular visitor, teaching on Waiheke Island since 2001.
Teachings are offered free. Koha or offerings are gratefully accepted.
For more information, please contact Russel on 09 372 8816 or Kara on 021 052 9232

Scheduled Dates for 2016
April 23rd
May 28th
June 25th
July 30th
August 27th
September 24th
October 29th
November 26th

Morra Hall
115 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke.
A short 3 minute walk from Oneroa village.


Workshops and Retreats

The Next Weekend Workshop will be —– Dates for 2017 yet to be confirmed.



Geshe-la will teach in Tibetan and his teachings will be translated from Tibetan into English by Anton Weiersmuller.

ALL WELCOME       Please register by filling out the form below.

Attending the weekend classes:
It’s most beneficial to attend the whole weekend – however some is better than nothing…. so if you are only able to attend one or two of the sessions – please let us know.
One can attend the teachings through Skype – see below.

Weekend Schedule:
Saturday and Sunday

* 10am: Teachings by Geshe-la
* 12pm: Shared lunch (bring a dish to share)
* 1:30 pm: Lead discussion group
* 3pm: Teachings by Geshe-la
Teachings will finish at 5pm

Who can attend:
The teachings are open to anyone to attend, one does not have to be a Buddhist to attend or benefit from these teachings.
If you would like to attend the sessions through skype – we can only have up to 9 people – please book this ahead by emailing us. We cannot guarantee success with Skype – sometimes it can be technically challenging.
Teachings are always offered free of charge – however a donation of around $50 per person towards costs is advised, or anything you are able to offer. Please do not let the lack of finances prevent you from coming 🙂
All donations are tax deductible.
Childcare: Can be arranged please inquire about this service by emailing us at dharmanewzealand(at)gmail.com
Accommodation: Available in the Retreat House for $35 per night (please book well ahead as spaces are limited)

Register by:
–  Filling in our registration form below.
–  Email us: dharmanewzealand(at)gmail.com

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Meditation Classes and Courses

Guided meditation classes.

Meditation is such a wonderful gift we can give ourselves on the path to learning how to have a more peaceful calm mind and heart, bringing benefit to oneself and others by developing mindfulness in daily life.
All classes are open to all – Non-Buddhist and Buddhists alike.

For first timers we highly recommend you attend the Beginners Meditation course as these courses are directed for people who haven’t meditated before and your questions and experiences can be better discussed.

Weekly guided meditations:

Current now 2017
At Himalayan Trading Post, 89 Cameron St, Whangarei.
On hold till mid-Aug – Tuesday Evenings at 5.30 – 7.00 pm
– Weekly on Thursday Evenings at 5.30 – 7.00 pm

At Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Buddhist Centre, 159 Parakiore Rd, Whangarei.
– Weekly on Friday Mornings  at 10.30 – 12.00 noon

All Welcome no need to book.  Cost: $5 Donation

Beginners Meditation Course with Experienced Buddhist Practitioner

Held Regularly when we have enough interest.
Please email us if you would like to know the next starting date. See contact form below.

Beginners Meditation Course

Learning to Meditate is such a wonderful gift we can give ourselves on the path to learning how to have a more peaceful calm mind and heart, bringing benefit to oneself and others by developing mindfulness in daily life.

The Beginners Meditation course is a four week course taking place at Himalayan Trading Post from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

The course is designed to teach you basic meditation techniques. You will be practicing short meditations which are lead by an experienced meditation teacher. Each meditation is followed by open discussion.

To cover costs we suggest a $20 donation. (cash or internet banking available only NO EFTPOS sorry )

To register for this course:
It is important to register as we have a minimum and maximum number required for each class.

Please fill out the contact form below or email us at dharmanewzealand(at)gmail.com

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Introduction to Buddhism

Ever wondered what  Buddhism is all about? Maybe you already know a little and wish to learn more.
Like it, but not sure? A little curious about what its about.

You are welcome to come along to this course and discover it for yourself.

The course is based on a wonderful series of half hour DVD’s focused on a different subject each night, with an introduction by either Richard Gere or Keanu Reeves. Various brilliant teachers then explain Buddhist concepts clearly. From this we base our discussions and here you have a great opportunity to ask questions and expand your knowledge with a local Buddhist practitioner.

The 8 week course is aimed at giving an overview of the Mahayana Buddhist path so that participants gain a deeper understanding of what Buddhism is about and the tools to more effectively decide if it is the spiritual path they would like to pursue further or not.

Classes run throughout the year dependent on interest, and are held during the evening. Starting at 5:30pm
They are held at the Himalayan Trading Post, 89 Cameron Street, Whangarei.
(next door to the Piggery Bookshop and across the road from the Police Station)

Next Class:

Dates yet to be confirmed for 2017

Where: Himalayan Trading Post, 89 Cameron St, Whangarei
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
Register: Please fill in the form below or go into Himalayan Trading Post

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Tibetan Tanka Painting Classes

Tibetan Thangka Painting Classes with  Ven. Nyima Gyaltsen

Ven. Nyima Gyaltsen has accepted our invitation to come to our centre to run several courses and workshops on Tibetan Thangka Painting and Iconography here.

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Weekend class:
Where: Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling Buddhist Centre
Time: Saturday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: $20 per Lesson
( Materials to be supplied by the student )

Weekly classes: Every 2nd Wednesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Please register your interest and we will send you exact dates and materials.
Classes cost $20.00 per class.

Weekend Workshops:  There will be 8 weekend workshops starting (dates yet to be confirmed). Each workshop will run Saturday/Sunday 9am-3pm. Each workshop will focus on a different subject and can be taken independently of each other. Numbers are limited to 6 students.
Classes cost $120 for each weekend.

For both classes a previous general experience in drawing and painting is essential.
Knowledge of Tibetan art and Buddhism is not required.

All classes will be held at the Centre
For more details on these classes, and to register please click on the following links

About Ven. Nyima Gyaltsen
Weekend Workshops