drop-in meditation classes

palmerston north, dannevirke, levin, and whanganui

The general programme covers weekly classes, suitable for everyone, that are an ideal opportunity to take some time out, relax, refresh and improve our sense of inner peace and well-being. The programme is aimed at helping us experience the benefits of meditation, and learn practical ways of maintaining a peaceful and positive mind in the midst of the challenges and busy-ness of everyday life. The talks are drawn from Buddhist teachings but are relevant to all of us (Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike).

Classes start with a brief introduction, and a guided breathing meditation to help us relax and clear our minds. This is followed by a talk and time for questions. Then we do a second guided meditation, which is related to the teaching, and helps us the take what we have learnt into our daily life. There is usually some time for discussion during the evening and light refreshments are available after class.

This programme is divided into two main semesters (February - June, and August - September). We will also be running a 'winter series' in June and July. In each semester we cover two to three main topics. Although the topics are linked and run in a sequence you can step into a course at any time. Each class effectively works as a 'stand-alone', though if you are able to come to a whole series you are likely to enjoy the connections and the ways in which the different topics build on each other. There is no need to book, and beginners are welcome.

There is a suggested donation of $12, or affordable contribution.

Note: You don't need to bring anything; you don't need to wear special clothes ; and, you don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor! (most people choose to sit on a chair). 


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february – june, 2018



Classes for the first semester are based on one of Buddhism's best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. (The verses are set out below).

In The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso provides a commentary on the text and identifies clear methods for transforming all life's difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. He not only challenges our understanding of the world, but also challenges us to transform ourselves to become the best we can be and live our lives with greater meaning,  peace and happiness.  

Topics will cover:

  • Meditations for Mindful Living   
  • Meditations to Improve Relationships 
  • Deepening Love and Compassion
  • Meditations for Challenging Situations 

(dates for each centre are listed below)




The Eight Verses of Training the Mind

by Geshe Langri Tangpa


With the intention to attain

The ultimate, supreme goal

That surpasses even the wish-granting jewel,

May I constantly cherish all living beings.


Whenever I associate with others,

May I view myself as the lowest of all;

And with a perfect intention,

May I cherish others as supreme.


Examining my mental continuum throughout all my actions,

As soon as a delusion of self-cherishing develops

Whereby I or others would act inappropriately,

May I firmly face it and avert it.


Whenever I see unfortunate beings

Oppressed by evil and violent suffering,

May I cherish them as if I had found

A rare and precious treasure.






Even if someone I have helped

And of whom I had great hopes

Nevertheless harms me intentionally,

May I see him or her as my holy Spiritual Guide.


When others out of jealousy or anger

Harm me or insult me,

May I take defeat upon myself

And offer them the victory.


In short, may I directly and indirectly

Offer help and happiness to all my mothers,

And secretly take upon myself

All their harm and suffering.


Furthermore, through all these method practices,

Together with a mind undefiled by stains of conceptions of the eight extremes

And that sees all phenomena as illusory,

May I and all living beings be released from the bondage of mistaken appearance and conception

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00 – 8.30pm 

with Gen Kelsang Demo

Amitabha Buddhist Centre, 174 Albert Street, Palmerston North


february – june, 2017


Meditations for Mindful Living                  Feb : 7 : 14 : 21 : 28

Meditations to Improve Relationships     Mar : 7 : 14 : 21 : 28 : April : 4  

Deepening Love and Compassion             April : 11 : 18 : May : 2 : 9

Meditations for Challenging Situations    May : 16 : 23 : 30 : June : 6 : 13 : 20



7.00 - 8.30pm

with Birgit saunders

REAP House, 15 Gordon Street, Dannevirke


february – june, 2018

Meditations for Mindful Living                  Feb : 14 : 21 : 28 : Mar : 7

Meditations to Improve Relationships     Mar : 14 : 21 : 28 : April : 4 : 11 : 18

Deepening Love and Compassion              May : 2 : 9 : 16

Meditations for Challenging Situations    May : 23 : 30 : June : 6 : 13 : 20


mondays 7.00– 8.30pm

with Jan McPherson

Thompson House, 4 Kent Street, Levin


february – june, 2018

Meditations for Mindful Living                  Feb : 12 : 19  : 26 : Mar: 5

Meditations to Improve Relationships     Mar : 12 : 19 : 26 : April : 9

Deepening Love and Compassion             April : 23 : 30 : May : 7 : 14

Meditations for Challenging Situations    May : 21 : 28 : June : 11: 18



thursdays 6.00 – 7.30pm 

with Gen Kelsang Demo

Whanganui Community Arts Centre, 19 Taupo Quay (riverside entrance)

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february – june, 2017

Meditations for Mindful Living                    Feb : 8 : 15 : 22 : Mar : 1

Meditations to Improve Relationships       Mar : 8 : 15 : 22 : 29 

Deepening Love and Compassion               April : 5 : 12 : 19 : 26 : May : 3 : 10

Meditations for Challenging Situations      May : 17 : 24 : 31 : June : 7 : 14 : 21