The Retreat Centre
'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 (the spiritual community) working together to bring alive their shared vision through collective work and practise. It's the beauty of the community of like-minded people practising the teachings of the Buddha, the beauty of what arises between them as they do so, and the beauty of the awakening they are aspiring to manifest. These ideals are encapsulated in our Vision, Mission and Principles statement.
A community of spiritual friendship evolves as each person forms a meaningful connection with it. To this end, at Sudarshanaloka we offer a varied programme of retreats and other events, facilites for 'self' or solitary retreats and opportunities for volunteering and supporting in different ways.
Sudarshanaloka is part of the wider New Zealand Triratna Buddhist Community (TBC), which in turn is part of an international Order (Triratna Buddhist Order) and community with activities in Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Europe, and many other countries around the world. Locally, in Thames, TBC also runs Lotus Realm Gift and Music shop and Buddhaloka, the Thames Buddhist Centre.
We welcome you to this collaborative and creative unfolding vision.
Sudarshanaloka has a number of guidelines and policies to help ensure that all those who attend our activities are well cared for and supported.
In collaboration with Department of Conservation, and Waikato District Council, we are committed to protecting kauri at Sudarshanaloka from Kauri Die-back (KDB) Disease. Please help us to do this by using the boot cleaning station in the car-park as soon as you arrive, and others when you come across them.