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). 

february - june, 2019

 

 

Classes for the first part of the year are divided into three short courses. Each course covers practical advice for ways in which we can develop our positive qualities and find a sense of meaning in our lives that will help us keep a peaceful and happy mind even when we are face with difficult situations and problems.

Meditations on Loving Kindness

Letting go of Limitations

Meditations to Improve Relationships

If we are skillful, friends can become like treasure chests  from whom we can obtain the precious wealth of love, compassion and patience.” Geshe Kelang Gyatso

Relationships affect our state of mind: When they are going well we are happy; and when they are not, they can cause heartache and confusion. We want to live in harmony with others, but sometimes this can seem almost impossible to achieve - and we find ourselves feeling irritated, angry, hurt - at odds with ourselves and others.

In this series of classes, using Buddha’s timeless advice, we will look at why things can go wrong and learn practical methods to help us interact more positively and peacefully with those who share our lives: our partner, family, friends, acquaintances and colleagues. 

 

The classes draw on topics covered in three books by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:

 

            

 

 

 

levin: mondays,  7.00 – 8.30 pm (with jan mcpherson)
  • meditations on loving kindness    
    • february 18 : 25 / march : 4 : 11
  •  letting go of limitations
    • march : 18 : 25 / april : 1 : 8 : 15 : 29
  • meditations to improve relationships
    • may : 3 : 13 : 20 : 27 / june 10 
palmerston north: wednesdays, 7.00 – 8.30pm (with gen kelsang demo)
  • meditations on loving kindness    
    • february 13 : 20 : 27 / march : 6
  •  letting go of limitations
    • march 13 : 20 : 27 / april : 3 : 10 : 17 
  • meditations to improve relationships
    • may : 1 : 8 : 15 : 22 :  29 / june : 6 : 12 
dannevirke: wednesdays 7.00 -  8.30pm (with birgit saunders)
  • meditations on loving kindness    
    • february 18 : 27 / march : 6 : 13
  •  letting go of limitations
    • march 20 : 27 / april 3 : 10 : 17 / may : 1
  • meditations to improve relationships
    • may : 8 : 15 : 22 : 29 / june 5 : 12
whanganui: thursdays 6.00 – 7.30pm (with gen kelsang demo)
  • meditations on loving kindness    
    • february 14 : 21 : 28 / march 7
  •  letting go of limitations
    • march 14 / april 4 : 11 : 18 
  • meditations to improve relationships
    • may 2 : 9 : 16 : 23 : 30 / june 6 : 13