Mondays, Palmerston North

Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos

MONDAYS, 10.30 – 11.30 am
8, 15, 22, 29 April; 6 May

Teacher: Kadam Birgit Saunders
Community Class: Free

What is our response to the suffering and cruelty we see all around us in our world? Discouragement, fear, grief, rage? When we find ourselves caught up in painful, overwhelming minds is there anything that we can do? Yes! Buddha explained how to keep the mind free from fear and anxiety and instead use difficult situations to cultivate inspiring views that help us keep calm and positive.

In this course we will explore practical approaches to the challenges we are facing and how to deal with changes with a less stressed and anxious mind. We will learn how to grow our inner strength, peace of mind, and emotional resilience. Through this training, rather than feeling discouraged by all the problems and pain we see around us and within us, we discover a capacity to turn that negativity on its head and to actually use it to empower our mind.

The result is that instead of feeling stuck and helpless, we experience an inner ability to transform suffering into powerful, positive states of mind, such as love, compassion and joy. This power enables us to not only grow spiritually, but also to create a deeply positive effect on those around us and even our world.

DETAILS

Our general programme classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations. Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series. Drop into any class you like. These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners. No special clothing is required. Most people sit on chairs. Everyone welcome!

WHERE

Cancer Society
Addis House
135 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North

Love Without Pain

MONDAYS, 10.30 – 11.30 am
13, 20, 27 May; 10, 17 June (no class 3 June)

Teacher: Kadam Birgit Saunders
Community Class: Free

Our relationships with others – whether between couples, within a family, or even amongst friends and colleagues – can have a huge impact on our happiness.

We all wish for good relationships in our lives, but relationships between couples, parents and children, or friends often suffer from misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations. We love each other, and yet we are not always happy together. Through meditation we can find ways of relating to others that make our relationships rewarding and harmonious, and we can break out of mental habit patterns that can sabotage them.

In this course we will explore Buddha’s simple and practical advice for finding meaning and enjoyment in all of our relationships. By keeping this timeless advice in our hearts, we will learn to be happy in the company of our partner, family, friends, and co-workers – and anyone we might encounter.

DETAILS

Our general programme classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations. Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series. Drop into any class you like. These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners. No special clothing is required. Most people sit on chairs. Everyone welcome!

WHERE

Cancer Society
Addis House
135 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North

Living in the Moment

MONDAYS, 10.30 – 11.30 am
24 June; 1, 8, 15 July

Teacher: Kadam Birgit Saunders
Community Class: Free

We all like the idea of living in the moment but what does it actually mean? The notion of enjoying everything around us and truly appreciating those we care about resonates with most people, but is that your experience? In our busy lives we find it very difficult to relax and enjoy the moment.

We rarely live in the moment because we are so caught up with this busy life which takes our mind away from being in the present moment. We think about the past, we worry about the future and as a result, we neglect to actually be here – right now – in the moment. As our life passes, we fail to ignite our potential and subsequently we don’t feel as if we have anything to show for it. In this course we will learn meditations to help us let go of this limiting mental habit.

Find out how wonderfully freeing it is to be in the moment – bringing us far more energy and clarity.

By taking things as they come and transform every moment in an opportunity for peace and happiness; we will develop a calm and joyful mind and begin to uncover life’s true meaning.

DETAILS

Our general programme classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations. Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series. Drop into any class you like. These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners. No special clothing is required. Most people sit on chairs. Everyone welcome!

WHERE

Cancer Society
Addis House
135 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North