drop-in meditation classes

palmerston north, feilding, levin and whanganui

We are continuing to make classes available using zoom for those of you who prefer this option. 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). 

 

class times:

  • feilding/levin: mondays 7.00 - 8.30;
  • palmerston north: wednesdays 7.00- 8.30;
  • whanganui: thursdays 6.00 - 7.30.

Note: specific dates for each centre are shown below (and on the regional class pages)

series 4: introduction to buddhism (june 2 - july )

People who become interested in Buddhism can find concepts such as rebirth and karma challenging at first. Such ideas may initially appear to be strange, out-dated and of little relevance to modern society.

However, if we keep an open mind, and listen to and discuss clear explanations of these concepts, then we can gradually understand that these teachings of Buddha all arose from his experience and deep understanding of the nature our minds and our world and who we are.

Through meditation and contemplation, we can come to appreciate the value of these teachings and see that they are as relevant and beneficial to us today as they were 2,500 years ago when Buddha first taught them.

During this six week course we will explore some of the basic concepts of Kadampa Buddhist philosophy and practice as presented by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in his books Introduction to Buddhism and How to Transform Your Life.

Week 1: Everybody has the potential to become a Buddha

  • Who is Buddha?
  • Who was Buddha Shakyamuni?
  • What can modern people learn from him?

Week 2: Our mind does not come from our body

  • What is our mind and where does it come from?
  • What is the power of our mind?
  • How can we increase our own mental peace?

Week 3: Training in clear and joyful meditation

  • What is meditation and why is it beneficial?
  • How do we learn to meditate?
  • What does it mean to “train in the meditation break”?

Week 4: Our lives are the experience of an unenlightened mind

  • What is meant by rebirth?
  • What are samsara and nirvana?
  • How can we control the process of rebirth?

Week 5: We are the sole creators of our own happiness and suffering

  • What is meant by karma?
  • What are the virtues, non-virtues and neutral actions?
  • How can we create the causes for our future happiness?

Week 6: There is no guarantee that we will not die today

  • Why is it beneficial to maintain an awareness of our own mortality?
  • How is it possible to meditate on death with a joyful mind?
  • How can we approach death without fear?

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

introduction to buddhism

  • june : 2 : 9 : 16 : 23 : 30
  • july : 7

 

with birgit saunders

 

feilding

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

Feilding Community House, 131 Manchester Street

 

 

 

introduction to buddhism

  • june : 14 : 21 : 28
  • july : 5 : 12

 

 

 

 

with tracy mclaughlin

whanganui

thursdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

 

introduction to buddhism

  • june :  3 : 10 : 17 : 24
  • july : 1 : 8

 

with birgit saunders

levin

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

introduction to buddhism

  • june : 14 : 21 : 28
  • july : 5 : 12

 

 

with jan mcpherson