Learn to Meditate

Day Course – Waipukurau
DATE: Sunday, 29 April
TIME: 10 am – 4 pm
with Resident Teacher, Birgit Saunders

Price: $60 or $30 unwaged
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When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.
 Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us cope with the external difficulties and challenges of everyday life. Meditation can help us connect with that part of ourselves which is deeply peaceful.

By becoming more familiar with this peaceful side to ourselves through meditation, we are able to draw on it all the time: when things get challenging at work; in our relationships; or in the general hurly-burly of everyday life. With practice over time, we can gradually learn to maintain a peaceful, happy and positive mind even in the most difficult circumstances – which makes life a great deal easier for ourselves – and probably more pleasant for those around us!

This day course is designed to give you methods to find and nurture your own mind’s potential for peace and stillness. It provides a basis for continuing to practise meditation in your own time at home. And with practice over time, we can gradually learn to maintain a peaceful, happy and positive mind even in the most difficult circumstances.


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.


Central Hawke’s Bay A and P Grounds
26 Mitchell Street, Waipukurau

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.