How to Find Peace of Mind
DATE: Sunday 17 March, 2024
TIME: 10 am – 1 pm
Cost: $30 ($15 unwaged)
ABOUT THIS COURSE
It is very important to be able to distinguish negative to states of mind from peaceful, positive states of mind. We may think that our suffering is caused by other people, by poor material conditions or by society, but in reality, it all comes from our own negative states of mind. The essence of spiritual practice is to reduce and eventually completely eradicate these states from our mind replacing them with peaceful, positive state of mind. To do this, we need to examine our mind throughout the day and the night.
Usually, we keep an eye on what other people are doing, but it would be far better if we kept an eye all the time on what our mind is thinking and believing. Whenever we are working, talking, relaxing, or studying Dharma, one part of our mind should always be watching to check what thoughts are arising in our mind. As soon as a negative state of mind arises, we should try to stop it immediately. If we are able to catch disturbed states of mind early, they are easy to stop.
In this course Birgit will teach simple techniques and meditations to learn to identify and reduce negative states of mind and cultivate positive ways of thinking, so we can have peace of mind whatever our situation.
Coffee, tea and snacks are provided.
Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre
174 Albert Street, Palmerston North
Phone: 06 355-3524
Birgit Saunders, Resident Teacher of Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre
Birgit has been a student of Kadampa Buddhism since arriving in New Zealand over twelve years ago. She began teaching with Kadampa Meditation Centre in Wellington where she was also Admin Director (AD) for three years.
Since moving to Palmerston North in 2016 she worked closely with Gen Kelsang Demo as the Education Programme Co-ordinator (EPC) for the Centre and teaching classes in Dannevirke, Feilding, at the Cancer Society and Massey University, while also working at the Cancer Society.
Birgit was appointed Resident Teacher of Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre at the beginning of 2020, and brings sincerity, bubbly enthusiasm and kindness to her teaching. She is always looking for ways to make Dharma practical, relevant and meaningful so that students are able to see how to use Dharma and meditation to make positive changes in their lives.