Thursdays, Whanganui

Learn to Meditate

THURSDAYS, 6 – 7 pm
15, 22, 29 February, 2024; 14, 21 March
(no class 7 March due to evening talk with Gen Rabten)

Teacher: Birgit Saunders
Suggested Donation: $7

Thinking about trying out meditation? If you have been wondering whether meditation and Buddha’s teachings might have something that could help you keep a calmer and more positive mind amidst the ups and downs of life, this course is for you.

All of us have the same basic wish – to be happy and avoid suffering. We seem to spend almost all our time and energy working to improve our external conditions in our search for happiness. Superficially, it seems that if we get these external conditions right, we’ll be content and happy; but in reality, such happiness is, at best, fleeting. It can be shattered so easily when things go wrong, and we continue to experience doubts, discontent and problems no matter what we do.

In fact, it is inner peace that gives us happiness that is strong and steady – and the ability to weather the problems that life throws at us with a calm and positive mind. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

In this course we learn how to meditate, how to set up our own meditation practice and how to apply the teachings to our daily life.

DETAILS

Our general programme classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations. Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series. Drop into any class you like. These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners. No special clothing is required. Most people sit on chairs. Everyone welcome!

WHERE

Whanganui Arts Centre
19 Taupo Quay (Riverside entrance)
Whanganui, 4500

Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos

THURSDAYS, 6 – 7 pm
28 March; 4, 11, 18 April (no class 25 April); 2 May

Teacher: Birgit Saunders
Suggested Donation: $7

What is our response to the suffering and cruelty we see all around us in our world? Discouragement, fear, grief, rage? When we find ourselves caught up in painful, overwhelming minds is there anything that we can do? Yes! Buddha explained how to keep the mind free from fear and anxiety and instead use difficult situations to cultivate inspiring views that help us keep calm and positive.

In this course we will explore practical approaches to the challenges we are facing and how to deal with changes with a less stressed and anxious mind. We will learn how to grow our inner strength, peace of mind, and emotional resilience. Through this training, rather than feeling discouraged by all the problems and pain we see around us and within us, we discover a capacity to turn that negativity on its head and to actually use it to empower our mind.

The result is that instead of feeling stuck and helpless, we experience an inner ability to transform suffering into powerful, positive states of mind, such as love, compassion and joy. This power enables us to not only grow spiritually, but also to create a deeply positive effect on those around us and even our world.

DETAILS

Our general programme classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations. Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series. Drop into any class you like. These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners. No special clothing is required. Most people sit on chairs. Everyone welcome!

WHERE

Whanganui Arts Centre
19 Taupo Quay (Riverside entrance)
Whanganui, 4500

Love Without Pain

THURSDAYS, 6 – 7 pm
9, 16, 23, 30 May; 6, 13 June

Teacher: Birgit Saunders
Suggested Donation: $7

Our relationships with others – whether between couples, within a family, or even amongst friends and colleagues – can have a huge impact on our happiness.

We all wish for good relationships in our lives, but relationships between couples, parents and children, or friends often suffer from misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations. We love each other, and yet we are not always happy together. Through meditation we can find ways of relating to others that make our relationships rewarding and harmonious, and we can break out of mental habit patterns that can sabotage them.

In this course we will explore Buddha’s simple and practical advice for finding meaning and enjoyment in all of our relationships. By keeping this timeless advice in our hearts, we will learn to be happy in the company of our partner, family, friends, and co-workers – and anyone we might encounter.

DETAILS

Our general programme classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations. Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series. Drop into any class you like. These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners. No special clothing is required. Most people sit on chairs. Everyone welcome!

WHERE

Whanganui Arts Centre
19 Taupo Quay (Riverside entrance)
Whanganui, 4500

Living in the Moment

THURSDAYS, 6 – 7 pm
20, 27 June; 4, 11 July

Teacher: Birgit Saunders
Suggested Donation: $7

We all like the idea of living in the moment but what does it actually mean? The notion of enjoying everything around us and truly appreciating those we care about resonates with most people, but is that your experience? In our busy lives we find it very difficult to relax and enjoy the moment.

We rarely live in the moment because we are so caught up with this busy life which takes our mind away from being in the present moment. We think about the past, we worry about the future and as a result, we neglect to actually be here – right now – in the moment. As our life passes, we fail to ignite our potential and subsequently we don’t feel as if we have anything to show for it. In this course we will learn meditations to help us let go of this limiting mental habit.

Find out how wonderfully freeing it is to be in the moment – bringing us far more energy and clarity.

By taking things as they come and transform every moment in an opportunity for peace and happiness; we will develop a calm and joyful mind and begin to uncover life’s true meaning.

DETAILS

Our general programme classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations. Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series. Drop into any class you like. These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners. No special clothing is required. Most people sit on chairs. Everyone welcome!

WHERE

Whanganui Arts Centre
19 Taupo Quay (Riverside entrance)
Whanganui, 4500