How to Meditate

4 Week Course
DATES: Fridays, 3, 10, 17, 24 May
TIME: 6 – 7 pm
Cost: $12 per class ($6 unwaged) or
$40 for pre-booked series (includes soup and bread rolls) ($20 unwaged)



Does meditation sound like a good idea, but you don’t know where to start or are not sure if you are doing it right? Just like developing any other new skill, meditation takes practice and training – and having the support of a teacher and learning in a group can make all the difference.

“If we train in meditation our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful and we shall experience purer and purer forms of happiness. Eventually we shall able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.”  – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

In this four week ‘how to meditate’ course Birgit will share proven methods for calming the mind, reducing stress and finding peace.

You will learn the basics of meditation as well as how to improve and sustain your meditation practice in the long-term and you will be guided through several simple meditations which you can then practise at home.

This beginner-friendly course is also a helpful refresher for more experienced students.


Soup and bread rolls from 5pm when you pre-book the whole series.


Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre
174 Albert Street, Palmerston North
Phone: 06 355-3524

Resident Teacher, Birgit Saunders

Kadam Birgit Saunders, Resident Teacher of Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Kadam Birgit has been a student of Kadampa Buddhism since arriving in New Zealand over twelve years ago. Birgit 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 Coordinator (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.