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 2: dealing with uncertainty (march 17 - may 3)

We are all living in uncertain times, both globally and personally. It is easy to feel troubled by everything that we see in the world and upset by the difficulties that we’re dealing with daily.

Times of change and uncertainty can be unsettling, but they also can become transformative.

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 amidst conflict and chaos.

In this 6-week 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.

  1. What is uncertainty: Where does uncertainty and the resulting anxiety come from, how does it affect us, and what can we do?
  2. A different perspective: There are few things that are certain in life. One thing that is certain is that everything changes and this can give rise to much anxiety or sadness. By contemplating and meditating on Buddha’s teachings on impermanence, we can learn to feel at peace with change and live more in the moment.
  3. Don’t feel lonely: We can discover a feeling of connectedness with others instead of feeling as if we are isolated and lonely. In reality we are all interconnected and by learning to understand and feel this connection we can reduce our sense of isolation, allowing a natural closeness and authentic love for others to arise.
  4. How to feel more confident: In this class we come to realise that living beings (including ourselves) have no faults and we learn to focus more on our good qualities than constantly identifying with our negative ones.
  5. Life is short: Our human life is precious but short. We can learn how to find true happiness and make this life extremely meaningful through transforming all our ordinary daily activities into the spiritual path.
  6. Thinking about death: How can thinking about death helps us to deal with anxiety and uncertainty?  We learn to develop the thought: ‘I may die today’. This will help us to let go of grasping at situations or relationships and help us to understand what is really important on a day to day basis: improve ourselves and benefit others through spiritual practice.

 

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

a meditation toolkit for everyday life

february: 17 : 24

march: 3 : 10

dealing with uncertainty

march: 17: 24: 31

april: 7: 14: 21

 

with birgit saunders

 

feilding

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

Feilding Community House, 131 Manchester Street

 

 

 

 

a meditation toolkit for everyday life

february: 22

march: 1 : 8 : 15

dealing with uncertainty

march: 22: 29

april: 12: 19: (note: there will be no class on april 26)

may: 3

 

 

 

 

with tracy mclaughlin

whanganui

thursdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

 

a meditation toolkit for everyday life

february: 18 : 25

march: 4 : 11

dealing with uncertainty

march: 18: 25:

april: 1: 8: 15: 22

 

with birgit saunders

levin

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

a meditation toolkit for everyday life

february: 22

march: 1 : 8 : 15

dealing with uncertainty

march: 22: 29

april: 12: 19: (note: there will be no class on april 26)

may: 3

 

with jan mcpherson