Wednesdays, Palmerston North

How to Meditate

WEDNESDAYS, 7 – 8.30 pm
1, 8, 15, 22 February; 1 March (5 weeks)

Teacher: Birgit Saunders
Suggested Donation: $12 (or what you can afford)

Thinking about trying out meditation?

If you have been wondering whether meditation and Buddha’s teachings might have something that could help you keep a calmer and more positive mind amidst the ups and downs of life, this course is for you.

All of us have the same basic wish – to be happy and avoid suffering. We seem to spend almost all our time and energy working to improve our external conditions in our search for happiness. Superficially, it seems that if we get these external conditions right, we’ll be content and happy; but in reality, such happiness is, at best, fleeting. It can be shattered so easily when things go wrong, and we continue to experience doubts, discontent and problems no matter what we do.

In fact, it is inner peace that gives us happiness that is strong and steady – and the ability to weather the problems that life throws at us with a calm and positive mind.

In this course we learn how to meditate, how to set up our own meditation practice and how to apply the teachings to our daily life.

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

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

How to Deal with Stress

WEDNESDAYS, 7 – 8.30 pm
8, 15, 22, 29 March; 5, 12 April (6 weeks)

Teacher: Birgit Saunders
Suggested Donation: $12 (or what you can afford)

Worry and stress are common experiences that rob us of our ability to enjoy our life, work efficiently and can lead to ill health, unhappiness and problems in our relationships. By learning how to unravel the tension in our mind and how to respond to life’s challenges with a peaceful, positive attitude we will be happier, enjoy life more and have more harmonious relationships with others.

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.

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

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

How to Improve Relationships

WEDNESDAYS, 7 – 8.30 pm
19, 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 24 May (6 weeks)

Teacher: Birgit Saunders
Suggested Donation: $12 (or what you can afford)

Our quality of life depends a great deal on the kind of interactions we have with others. We rely so much on other people for so many things- for work, goods and services, and for love and support, to name a few. In fact, everything we have, including our life itself, has come from others. At the same time, we can find that even our closest relationships can sometimes be challenging.

We all wish for good relationships, but relationships between couples, parents and children, friends or colleagues often suffer from misunderstandings, unrealistic expectations and conflict. We love each other, and yet we are not always happy together. This is because we do not understand the real nature of love and how to practically improve our love in our close relationships. Buddha teaches us many methods to develop a mind of pure love and to develop a balanced and loving mind towards others- no matter how they behave.

In this course we will learn to increase our love and kindness and help us to connect with other people in a relaxed and positive way. Come uncover the warmth and happiness that already exist within your own heart!

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

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

How to Create Peace of Mind

WEDNESDAYS, 7 – 8.30 pm
31 May; 7, 14, 21, 28 June (5 weeks)

Teacher: Birgit Saunders
Suggested Donation: $12 (or what you can afford)

What is the secret to happiness?

Why is happiness often so elusive?

We tend to make the attainment of happiness more complicated than it actually is, by believing that we need things such as success, praise, status, looks, material possessions and so forth to achieve it.

And although we should definitely enjoy all of these, they cannot provide us with lasting happiness and chasing them actually makes us prone to anxiety, frustration and disappointment.

Buddha explains simple attitudes that we can all learn to cultivate, that will make us really happy.

On this course we will explore several meditations and ways of thinking that uplift the mind and we’ll see that by carrying these with mindfulness into our day, we can maintain a light, joyful attitude whatever life throws our way.

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

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