Love, Desire and Attachment

1/2 Day Course
DATE: Sunday, 26 November
TIME: 10 am – 1 pm
with Resident Teacher, Birgit Saunders

Price: $30 or $15 unwaged

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If you listen to any of the thousands of songs on the radio, or delve into the hundreds of poems that have been written about love over the centuries you could be forgiven for thinking that love is what we need to feel happy, whole, valued and worthwhile.

So, how is it that love often seems so fraught with pain and anxiety?

Buddha taught that, for most of us, most of the time, love is tangled up with attachment, and that it is this attachment that is the source of sorrow, problems and pain in our relationships. Real love, on the other hand, brings only peace and joy, and a real sense of deep connection with those around us.

In this workshop we will learn how to distinguish between the love and attachment in our own minds, so that we can begin to remove the cause of hurt from our heart, and begin to deepen and extend our love for others, so that our relationships have space to become more peaceful, stable, fulfilling and harmonious.


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.


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

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.