drop-in meditation classes

palmerston north, feilding, levin, and whanganui

for starters: a free public talk - choose happiness in 2020

an introduction to buddhist meditation and teachings, with some ideas on how you might use them to bring more peace and happiness into your lives

We all have the potential and inner resources to become kinder, happier and more peaceful - and the inner strength to gradually reduce those negative feelings which cause us so much pain. Modern Buddhism provides some practical, constructive and effective ways in which we can gradually gain better control over our minds - so that we really can 'choose happiness' rather than being buffeted around by external circumstances over which we don't have control.

  • Whanganui. Whanganui Community Arts Centre, Taupo Quay. Tuesday, February 4, 6.00- 7.30pm with Birgit Saunders
  • Palmerston North. Amitabha Buddhist, 174 Albert Street. Wednesday, February 5, 7.00 - 8.30 pm with Birgit Saunders
  • Feilding. Feilding Public Library, Stafford Street. Wednesday, February 12, 7.00 - 8.30 pm with Tracy McLaughlin
  • Levin.  Thompson House, 4 Kent Street. Monday, March 2, 7.00 - 8.30 pm with Jan McPherson

and to follow: 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). 

topics for 2020 (february – july)

without inner peace, outer peace is impossible

geshe kelsang gyatso

series 1: enriching relationships

  • the kindness of others
  • benefits of cherishing others
  • exchanging self with others
  • how to develop compassion

series 2 : modern buddhism

  • how to respond to difficulties with a positive state of mind
  • karma: the relationship between mind and experience
  • tantra: mind creates reality
  • meditation: from head to heart
  • the source of all our problems
  • the true nature of reality

 

series 3 : how to stop overthinking

  • what is the mind?
  • how does the mind work to understand objects?
  • where do negative minds come from?
  • how can we improve our concentration and other peaceful minds?
  • what is an enlightened mind?

series 4: training in meditation

  • what is meditation?
  • our precious human life
  • death: learning to let go
  • fear and the practice of refuge
  • past and future lives

class times

  • 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)

 

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

topics and dates

public talk: choose happiness : february 5

series 1: enriching relationships

  • february : 12 : 19 : 26 :  march : 4

series 2 : modern buddhism

  • march : 11 : 18 : 25 : april : 1 : 8 : 15 : 22

series 3 : how to stop overthinking

  • april : 29 : may 6 : 13 : 20 : 27 : june : 3

series 4: training in meditation

  • june : 10 : 17 : 24 : july : 1 : 8

with birgit saunders

feilding

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

 

topics and dates

public talk: choose happiness : february 12

series 1: enriching relationships

  • february : 19 : 26 :  march : 4  : 11

series 2 : modern buddhism

  • march : 18 : 25 : april : 1 : 8 : 15 : 22 : 29

series 3 : how to stop overthinking

  • may 6 : 13 : 20 : 27 : june : 3 : 10

series 4: training in meditation

  • june : 17 : 24 : july : 1 : 8

with tracy mclaughlin

whanganui

thursdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

topics and dates

public talk: choose happiness : february 4

series 1: enriching relationships

  • february : 13 : 20 : 27 :  march : 5

series 2 : modern buddhism

  • march : 12 : 19 : 26 : april : 2 : 9 : 16

series 3 : how to stop overthinking

  • april : 30 : may 7 : 14 : 21 : 28 : june : 4

series 4: training in meditation

  • june : 11 : 18 : 25 : july : 2 : 9

with birgit saunders

levin

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

 

topics and dates

public talk: choose happiness : march 2

series 1: enriching relationships

  • march : 9 : 16 : 23

series 2 : modern buddhism

  • march : 30 : april : 6 : 20 : may : 4 : 11

series 3 : how to stop overthinking

  • may 18 : 25 : june : 8 : 15

series 4: training in meditation

  • june : 22 : 29 : july : 6

with jan mcpherson