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). 

winter warmers


The Four Noble Truths

Buddha long ago pointed out that though humans universally seek happiness it consistently eludes them, and though they seek to avoid suffering it "falls upon them like rain".

The root of the problem, he taught, is a deep ignorance about the nature of happiness and suffering and their causes.

The sutra on the Four Noble Truths is one of Buddha's best known teachings.  It provides a simple but profound guide to developing a much clearer perspective on suffering and its causes, and sets out some eminently practical steps to solving our problems, so that we can become happier and more peaceful on a more enduring and stable basis.

problem solving with meditation

The 'winter warmers' series is a regular feature of our programme. The classes are taught by students who have been attending study classes at the centre, and they bring a fresh range of perspectives drawn from their experiences of using Buddha's teachings to guide them as they negotiate the ups and downs of everyday life.

This year the classes are based on the Four Noble Truths (see left), and are drawn from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's book How to Solve Our Human Problems, which explains how we can easily apply these truths to our modern day lives and begin to experience the taste of true, lasting happiness.


wednesdays, 7.00 – 8.30 pm. palmerston north

  • june 19: the four noble truths (part 1) - jan mcpherson
  • june 26: the four noble truths (part 2) - jan mcpherson
  • july 3: the faults of anger/stress - david kelly
  • july 10: why we get angry, stressed & the benefits of patience - kelsang phunwang
  • july 17: patient acceptance - roy meeking
  •  july 24: learning not to retaliate - malcolm todd
  •  july 31: jealousy and rejoicing - malcolm todd
  •  august 7: transforming difficulties (part 1) - birgit saunders
  • august 14: transforming difficulties (part 2) - birgit saunders

thursdays, 6.00 - 7.30 pm. whanganui

  • june 20: the four noble truths - virag
  • june 27: jealousy and rejoicing - marion
  • july 4: anger, patient acceptance and non-retaliation (part 1) - dale
  • july 11: anger, patient acceptance and non-retaliation (part 2) - dale
  • july 18: transforming difficulties (part 1) - virag
  • july 18: transforming difficulties (part 2) - marion