palmerston north, feilding, levin, and whanganui
Now that we have made it to level 2, face-to-face classes will start again from Wednesday, June 3 in Palmerston North, Whanganui, and Levin (Feilding - TBA). We'll be continuing to make classes available using zoom for those of you who would prefer. For information and booking for these classes please go to: meditateinpalmerstonnorth.live.
weekly drop-in classes (the general programme)
The general programme covers weekly classes, suitable for everyone, that are an ideal opportunity to take some time out, relax, refresh and improve our sense of inner peace and well-being. The programme is aimed at helping us experience the benefits of meditation, and learn practical ways of maintaining a peaceful and positive mind in the midst of the challenges and busy-ness of everyday life. The talks are drawn from Buddhist teachings but are relevant to all of us (Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike).
Classes start with a brief introduction, and a guided breathing meditation to help us relax and clear our minds. This is followed by a talk and time for questions. Then we do a second guided meditation, which is related to the teaching, and helps us the take what we have learnt into our daily life. There is usually some time for discussion during the evening and light refreshments are available after class.
This programme is divided into two main semesters (February - June, and August - September). We will also be running a 'winter series' in June and July. In each semester we cover two to three main topics. Although the topics are linked and run in a sequence you can step into a course at any time. Each class effectively works as a 'stand-alone', though if you are able to come to a whole series you are likely to enjoy the connections and the ways in which the different topics build on each other. There is no need to book, and beginners are welcome.
There is a suggested donation of $12, or affordable contribution.
Note: You don't need to bring anything; you don't need to wear special clothes ; and, you don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor! (most people choose to sit on a chair).
levin: mondays 7.00 - 8.30; palmerston north: wednesdays 7.00- 8.30 feilding: wednesdays 7.00 - 8.30 whanganui: thursdays 6.00 - 7.30. Note: specific dates and topics for each centre are shown below (and on the regional class pages)
series 4, 2020: training in meditation
The purpose of meditation is to help us touch base with, and immerse ourselves in, that deep sense of peace and clarity that we hold at the very centre of our being; and then carry this sense of peace into our lives.
All too often, this inner calm gets lost or overwhelmed in the distractions and worries of our lives. Our sense of feeling peaceful and happy seems to last only as long as things around us are ok. When things go wrong, when we don't get what we want, or when friends, family or colleagues do things which we don't like, we 'lose the plot' and find ourselves, unhappy, irritated or angry, lonely, and/or disappointed.
What we really want is to develop the skills to help us feel peaceful and calm even when nothing seems to be going our way, and the storms around us are raging (or even when potentially irritating things just seem to be getting in the way). This would be pretty amazing. Just imagine if you could maintain a deep sense of peace, no matter what was happening around us. It would be good for us, and for those around us. The best thing to take into a difficult situation, really is a peaceful mind.
By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.
Based on the book Modern Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, in this course we learn what meditation is and how to meditate. We will also explore some of the basic concepts of Kadampa Buddhist philosophy and practice, such as our precious human life, the meditation on death, refuge and karma.
June 3: What is meditation?
June 10: How to meditate?
June 17: Our precious human life
June 24: Meditating on death, learning to let go
July 1: Going for refuge
July 8: Karma
with birgit saunders
class dates TBA
with tracy mclaughlin
June 4: What is meditation?
June 11: How to meditate?
June 18: Our precious human life
June 25: Meditating on death, learning to let go
July 2: Going for refuge
July 9: Karma
with birgit saunders
June 8: What is meditation?
June 15: How to meditate?
June 22: Our precious human life
June 29: Meditating on death, learning to let go
July 6: Going for refuge
July 13: Karma
with jan mcpherson