why meditate? – free public talk, palmerston north, whanganui, levin & dannevirke

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When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subside and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.



why meditate?

Most of us would like to experience a sense of calmness and peace. An inner happiness that stays with us, and helps us face problems and difficulties without getting caught up in negative thoughts and emotions.

Meditation is a really useful method for achieving these goals.

Basically, the purpose of meditation is to help us cultivate positive states of mind, and learn how to overcome those negative habits of mind that undermine our peace and well-being. It helps us develop clarity and perspective so that we can solve problems and deal with difficult situations in positive and constructive ways.

where to start?

You may have thought about trying meditation, but haven't really known where to start, or what to do. Or perhaps you have tried, and would like more ideas on how to develop your own practice. 

This introductory talk will explain how you can use meditation to achieve a more peaceful, clearer and happier mind, and provide you with more information on the classes that will be running in your area over the coming year. We'll also do a simple guided meditation, and there will be time for questions and answers.

The approach to meditation that we take is drawn from Buddhist teachings but is relevant to all of us (Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike).


where and when?

Palmerston North 

Amitabha Buddhist Centre, 172 Albert Street

Wednesday, February 1, 7.00 - 8.00


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

Thursday, February 2, 6.00 - 7.00 pm


Thompson House, 4 Kent Street (upstairs - in the Gallery)

Tuesday, February 7, 7.00 - 8.00pm


REAP House, 15 Gordon Street, Dannevirke

Saturday, February 25, 1.30 - 2.30pm