Emptiness and the heart sutra

Starts 24 Apr 2024

Open hands with the flow of a stream washing over them

Auckland sangha retreat

The Bodhisattva of compassion
When he meditated deeply
Saw the emptiness of all five skandhas
And sundered the bonds that caused him suffering...

The heart sutra, a central text of the Triratna Buddhist Community, is deeply poetic and mystical, yet it is describing the essential nature of our experience. To truly free ourselves, we must go beyond an appreciation of mystery, to an understanding of the "five skandhas" in our direct experience.

These skandhas are form (body), feeling (vedana or feeling-tone), thought, choice (volitions) and consciousness.

On this four night retreat, which includes the Anzac Day public holiday, we will touch into the aggregates or skandhas in our actual experience, and try to take our understanding of the beautiful heart sutra to a new level.

To come on this retreat, you'll need to have at least completed our introduction to Buddhism and meditation course, be a part of the Auckland Buddhist Centre community, and have an established meditation practice at home.


Start: 24 Apr 2024 at 6:30pm
Finish: 28 Apr 2024 at 12:00pm

Cost: $290 (low) / $330 (full), , We all have bills to cover, and ideally money wouldn't be a barrier to your practice. Please get in touch with us if you need some help to attend this retreat., , Youth Special: $240 for those under 35 who are willing to camp (you'll need to bring your own camping gear)

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Photo of Vasudhara


Vasudhara has been involved with the Triratna Buddhist community since 1999 and was ordained in 2014. She leads some of our Friday night pujas and is…

Photo of Suvarnadhi


Suvarnadhi became the chairperson of the Auckland Buddhist Centre in May 2021, having practised within the Triratna Buddhist Community for around 13…

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