How to Meditate

1/2 Day Course – in Waipukurau and Whanganui
DATES: Saturday, 20 April (Waipukurau) and Sunday, 19 May (Whanganui)

TIME: 10 am – 1 pm
with Resident Teacher, Birgit Saunders

Price: $30 or $15 unwaged

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ABOUT THIS EVENT

‘When the turbulence of our mental busyness subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arise from within’ – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

If our mind is peaceful, we can feel calm even in the most challenging situations. We feel happier and this is good for both ourselves and those around us. Meditation can be a really effective way of helping us slow down and relax by letting go of our distractions: and when ‘the turbulence of our mental busyness subside and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arise from within.’

In this half-day workshop, Birgit will guide us through a series of three breathing meditations that help calm the mind, reduce stress and give rise to an experience of inner peace and well-being. By practising these meditations over time, we can experience a sense of calmness and contentment that helps us cope with the external busyness and difficulties of daily life.

WHAT TO EXPECT

These classes are based on Buddha’s teachings on the mind, but you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend, or to benefit from them. There is no physical exercise involved and you can choose to sit either in a chair or on a cushion. These classes are suitable for all levels of experience.

WHERE

Saturday, 20 April:
Central Hawke’s Bay, A and P Showgrounds,
Mitchell Street
Waipukurau

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

Resident Teacher, Birgit Saunders

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.