drop-in meditation classes

palmerston north, levin, whanganui, and monthly in dannevirke

Weekly classes, suitable for everyone, 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). 

 

taranaki

january – december, 2017

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“We can fix anything if we just have the right tools!” Buddha’s meditation methods can help us face life’s challenges and difficulties with a calm and centred mind. We can accumulate an “inner tool kit” that can help us solve any problem.

 

 

a meditation toolkit for everyday life

february - june, 2017

meditation, joy and inner purpose

Meditation itself is probably (not surprisingly) the number one basic tool that we would recommend in getting your toolkit together.

In this first series for the year, perfect both for newcomers and those more experienced, we will explore the relationship between meditation, happiness and a deeper sense of purpose in our lives.  Buddhist meditation teaches us how to access and maintain inner joy, even when experiencing difficulties. Connecting to the natural joy within our mind opens us up to recognising the potential for happiness, love and other good qualities that exists in all of us. 

This, in turn, can really help us gain a sense of purpose in our life, and we can start to build confidence in our potential to become more peaceful and happy - which is clearly good for ourselves and, just as importantly helps us become more able to be of real benefit to our family, friends and others.

The emphasis of the course will be on how to use meditation and Buddha's teachings to make practical changes in your life.

reality check: getting it right

A good reality check helps us clarify the issues that may be causing us problems: those 'sticky' things that mean that life is just not running as smoothly as we would like it to. Having identified the problem spots: we can start to use the appropriate tools and get to work on fixing things.

SO, this series starts with an emphasis on sharpening the tools we need to become more mindful of what exactly is going on both around and within us. It challenges us to ask ourselves 'Why are we here and how can we become truly happier?', and then helps us uncover some 'simple but profound' answers to these questions.

august - december, 2017

freedom from jealousy and resentment

Jealousy and resentment are problems that can sometimes run deep. We have probably all had unpleasant experiences which we struggle to move on from; and difficulties in present relationships may stem from things that happened long ago.

In this series, we draw on some special tools to help us let go of these negative minds and develop practical strategies and habits for keeping our minds in a positive space.

becoming a friend of the world

Six very useful tools. The 'six perfections' are methods for developing a stable, peaceful mind and overcoming negative mental habits. These powerful techniques can be honed in meditation and then integrated and applied in daily life. They are 'perfect' because they really help us towards our goal of being of real benefit to others, which is key to developing a happy and meaningful life.

how to understand the mind

Our final series for the year is based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s book, How to Understand the Mind. What is the mind? How does it work to make sense of the world? Where do negative minds come from? How can we reduce and abandon them? How can we improve our concentration and other peaceful minds? How can we transform our mind and our self? What is an enlightened mind? We will explore these questions, and many more, all while learning to meditate in depth on the beautiful and blissful nature of our pure mind. 

 

 

 

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00 – 8.30pm 

with Gen Kelsang Demo

Amitabha Buddhist Centre, 174 Albert Street, Palmerston North

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february – june

Free talk: Why Meditate? 

  • February 1 (7 - 8pm)

Meditation, Joy and Inner Purpose        

  • February : 8 : 15 : 22 
  • March : 1 : 8 : 15 : 22 : 29 
  • April : 5 : 12

Reality Check : Getting it Right               

  • April : 26 
  • May : 3 : 10 : 17 : 24 : 31 
  • June : 7 : 14 : 21 : 28

 

august – december

Freedom from Jealousy & Resentment  

  • August : 16 : 23 : 30 
  • September : 6   

Becoming a Friend of the World                          

  • September : 13 : 20 : 27 :
  • October : 4 : 11 : 18   

How to Understand the Mind                   

  • October : 25  
  • November : 1 : 8 : 15 : 22 : 29
  • December : 6 : 13

levin

mondays 7.00– 8.30pm

with Jan McPherson

Thompson House, 4 Kent Street, Levin

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february – july

Free talk: Why Meditate?                      

  • February : 7 (7 - 8pm)

Meditation, Joy and Inner Purpose         

  • February : 13 : 20 : 27 
  • March 6 : 13 : 20 : 27 
  • April : 3 : 10

Reality Check : Getting it Right               

  • May : 1 : 8 : 15 : 22 : 29 
  • June : 12 : 19 : 26 
  • July : 3 : 10

 

august – december

Freedom from Jealousy & Resentment  

  • August : 21 : 28 :
  • September : 4 : 11

Becoming a Friend of the World                          

  • September : 18 : 25 :
  • October : 2 : 9 : 16 : 30

How to Understand the Mind                  

  • November : 6 : 13 : 20 : 27 :
  • December : 4 : 11

 

whanganui

thursdays 6.00 – 7.30pm 

with Gen Kelsang Demo

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

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Please note: For Thursday March 23 and 30 please join us at Article Cafe, 34 Drews Ave (just around the corner) from our usual meeting place. 

february – june

Free talk: Why Meditate?                      

  • February 2 (6 -7 pm)

Meditation, Joy and Inner Purpose        

  • February : 9 : 16 : 23 
  • March : 2 : 9 : 16 : 23 : 30 
  • April : 6 : 13

Reality Check : Getting it Right               

  • Apr: 27 :
  • May  : 4 : 11 : 18 : 25 
  • June : 1 : 8  : 15 : 22    

 

august – december

Freedom from Jealousy & Resentment  

  • August : 17 : 24  : 31 
  • September : 7    

Becoming a Friend of the World                          

  • September : 14 : 21 : 28 :
  • October : 5  : 12 : 19   

How to Understand the Mind                 

  • October : 26 :
  • November : 2 : 9 : 16 : 23  : 30 :
  • December : 7 :  14

dannevirke

saturdays 1.30 - 3.00pm (monthly)

with Liz Wilson

REAP House, 15 Gordon Street, Dannevirke

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february – july

Free talk: Why Meditate?                      

  • February 25 (1.30 - 2.30 pm)

Meditation, Joy and Inner Purpose        

  • March : 25  
  • May : 6 
  • June : 3
  • July : 1

 

august – december

How to Understand the Mind                 

  • August : 19
  • September : 23
  • October : 28
  • November : 25