Public Schedule

A Note from Tarchin
Due to a diagnosis of prostate cancer followed by sugery in mid-2015, and then radiation therapy in early 2017, I am a bit tethered to medical tests and procedures. Mary and I are enjoying this extended pause for deepening contemplation and study. In the meantime I continue to work with individuals at here at Orgyen.  We now have a self contained retreat cabin available for guests.  If you would like to come for retreat and mentoring, please contact us.

Always fresh, impossible to pin down,
life continues to unfold in all its wonder and mystery,
with love and good wishes to everyone

Health Update as of May, 2017
I seem to have recovered fairly well from the 6 weeks of radiation treatment and am generally feeling quite good.  I’ll have tests in late August which should indicate it the treatment was worth doing.

Recognising that life is unpredictable, especially with a medical situation called cancer, it will be best to view the following teaching calendar, not as a schedule set in stone, but as a “Tarchin’s wish list” and I will do all that I can to attend.

Keep an eye out here for further health updates and announcements of future teachings or retreats.

Orgyen Hermitage, Katikati
May 24 – June 28, 2017 

Wednesday Contemplative Study Group

We will be restarting the Wednesday morning contemplative study group. Running for 6 weeks beginning on May 24th. 9:30am – 11:30am As in past sessions we will meditate together, share experiences and explore some deep questions together, all directed towards encouraging freedom, clarity, naturalness and a heart/mind overflowing with compassion. New participants are welcome. If you have not attended any of the preceding programs, feel free to contact Mary with any questions. <mtness [at] [dot] nz>

Orgyen Hermitage, Katikati
Sunday June 18, 2017 

A Sunday Morning of Contemplative Exploration and Shared Lunch
10am – 12 noon

Tarchin will introduce a profound practice called the Seven Trainings of Samantabhadra which grows naturally from a deep appreciation of the interbeingness of life and living. Class will be from 10am till 12 noon. Followed by a shared lunch.
Please inform Mary if you are intending to come. <mtness [at] [dot] nz>

July 10 – August 11, 2017 

Dharma, Natural Science and Ecology

Sao Paulo

July 11, 13 and 14, 9am to 12 noon, Mindfulness and Deep Ecology
July 11, 13 and 14 , 7:30 pm to 9pm, Mindfulness and Compassionate Living
Umapaz, Parque Ibirapuera, Av. Quarto Centenário, 1268 – Parque Ibirapuera, acesso pelo portão 7A

July 12, 6:00pm, Book release, “Walking in Wisdom” in Portuguese
Click here for information.

July 15 9am – 12/3pm –5, Walking in Wisdom Workshop


July 17 – 21, 9am – 12noon, Tilopa’s Song of Mahamudra
Gompa Namgyal, Botucatu, SP

July 17, 7pm – 9pm, Mindfulness and Deep Ecology
Anfiteatro do IBB, Unesp (University)

July 20, 7 –9pm  Lecture and Book Release: Walking in Wisdom
Venue to be announced

Non-Residential Retreat

July 23 – 31, Natural Awakening and Contemplative Science
Demétria, Botucatu

Nature Explorations

July 31 – Aug.8  Nature Explorations in the Pantanel

August 8 – 11 Nature Explorations in Foz do Iquacu

For more detailed information contact

Juliana <jugriese [at] gmail [dot] com>
or visit <>

Nelson Buddhist Centre
(87 Nile St.)
Aug. 28, 29,7:30pm, 2017 

The Mahamudrā of Natural Awakening and Contemplative Science
two evenings of dharma exploration with Tarchin

For more information, contact Ramona at <ramonaclark108 [at] gmail [dot] com

Orgyen Hermitage, Katikati
Sept. 10 – 19, 2017 

Prajñāpāramittā and the Sādhana of Manjuśri

This is a retreat for people with prior experience in meditation and an empathy for Tibetan practice. Tarchin will give one class each morning unfolding the teachings of Manjuśri and the vision of Prajñāpāramittā/Mahāmudrā. He will also be available for individual consultations if and when required.

Since Mary and Tarchin will be in Brazil till shortly before the retreat, participants must arrange their own accommodation close enough to Orgyen that they will easily be able to get to classes.

Please e-mail Mary if you wish to attend. <mtness [at] [dot] nz>

Tash may be able to make some suggestions vis a vis accommodation. <natasha [at] mindfulnesseducation [dot] nz>

Auckland, Sharda Centre
Sept. 22 – 24, 2017 

The Seven-fold Training of Samantabhadra

An ancient teaching presented through the lens of Natural Awakening and Contemplative Science.
for further info, contact Janet <janete1 [at] [dot] nz>

Queenstown Dharma Centre
Oct.6 – 15, 2017 

Tasting the Heart of Dharma
a week of contemplative exploration

Details to be announced

Sometime in November/December, 2017 

To be announced

Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre, New Zealand
March 2 – 28, 2018,
(arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 28th)

The Mahamudra of Natural Awakening and Contemplative Science – a residential retreat

‘Mahamudra’ is a Sanskrit name given to the profound path of Natural Awakening-in-action, and for an experiential realisation of the ‘true nature of being’. Although often associated with Tibetan Buddhist teachings, its ancestry goes back to traditions of contemplative science and yoga found in ancient India, which themselves drew inspiration from a diversity of religious sources. Luminous with the recognition of the interdependence of all manifestation, mahamudra teaching utilizes many aspects of dharma exploration including investigations into mind, consciousness and perception while at the same time developing skilful and compassionate ways of participating in the unfolding community of all life. Consciously nurturing this life attitude of clear discerning enquiry and the compassion that flows forth from living the implications of what we discover through this enquiry, is the mark of a mature human being.

During this retreat we will cultivate the arts of loving-kindness, clear-seeing presence and enquiry. We will explore how bodies and minds of myriad species weave together a mystery suffused with nowful intelligence. We will draw on the mindfulness teachings of Buddhism and the wisdom teachings of radical wholeness found in the Avatamsaka Sutra, and mesh them with science, personal healing and social responsibility to find a way of living, that in this age of economic/ecological anxiety and uncertainty, is wondrously inclusive, joyously life affirming and profoundly freeing.

The retreat will involve much sitting and walking practice, group exploration, and body awareness work, punctuated with experimental exercises to cultivate inner and outer clarity, presence and compassion in action.

It begins as a stirring, a breath of wonder, a moment of intuition,
a quiet knowing of rightness
an insight you didn’t know you always knew.
Everything is interdependent with everything.

We sit with the implications.
We collide with the world not seeing this.
And through that painful tragic crashing
A yearning for refuge and a desire to live meaningfully becomes strong.

Details proliferate; generosity, wholesome relating,
patience, skilled use of energy,

a blossoming of caring and enquiry,
an inherent inquisitiveness, precise and playful,
and we discover a new way of life and living.

Exploring embodiment.
Exploring en-mindment.
Dancings of knowings responding to and with dancings of knowings,
Glimmerings of understanding, mind and knowing,
and the interbeing nature of experience.

Dawnings of confidence and capacity
Solid in beingness
Perfumed with loving, wise relating,
A life-long journey of maturing into humanness,
as we release into the mystery,

striding beyond paths and pathways
Seamless, ineffable, spacious and open, this body of dharma,
compassion unfolding
celebrating the ordinary,
with lightness and wisdom we realize true home.

For further information or to register for the retreat,
please contact Duncan <yield [at] [dot] nz>
or <>

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