learn to meditate (half-day workshop); palmerston north; september 27; 10am-1pm

Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to maintain a control our mind . Gradually we develop a balanced mind that is happy and calm regardless of the external circumstances,  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

For some of us, meditation might sound like a good idea - but we may feel unsure of how to get started, or uncertain about whether we are doing it the 'right' way. Just like developing any other new skill, meditation takes practice and training - and having the support of a teacher can make all the difference.

This course sets out clear, easy-to-follow steps in establishing good meditation habits and practices. If you are just a beginner this is a great place to start; and if you have already been practising meditation for some time, the course will provide tips and advice to help you take your practice to the next step.

“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.”

 Geshe Kelsang Gyasto

During this morning course, Kelsang Phunwang will guide us through several mediations, and help us learn how to improve mindfulness and concentration; as well as how to set up a regular meditation practice. There will also be time for discussion and questions. This course is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced meditators.

where: amitabha centre, 174 albert street, palmerston north

when: sunday, september 27, 10am - 1pm

booking: $30; $15 (unwaged) Note: This includes a delicious morning tea.

Just follow this link to the booking page