drop-in meditation classes

palmerston north, feilding, levin and whanganui

weekly drop-in classes (the general programme)

Weekly drop-in classes, suitable for everyone, 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 teaching and then some 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. 

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 three or four 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)

coming up in 2022

free talk

2022 starts with a free talk in palmerston north and each of our regional locations. This will give you a general introduction to the Buddhist meditation, our centre (who we are and what we do) and the programme for the year.  There'll be time for questions, plus a cup of coffee or tea - or a cool drink)

drop-in classes

We have four series planned for the first half of the year (dates/times/locations below)

  • series 1: mindful living (four weeks)
  • series 2: improve your relationships (5 weeks)
  • series 3: modern buddhismb(6 weeks)
  • series 4: how to stop overthinking (5 weeks)

There'll be more information about each series and details about the topics that will be covered as we get closer to the time.

series one: mindful living

‘When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subside and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within’ - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Why meditate?

Most of us would like to experience a sense of calmness and peace.

An inner happiness that stays with us, and helps us face problems and difficulties without getting caught up in negative thoughts and emotions.

Meditation is a really useful method for achieving these goals.

Basically, the purpose of meditation is to help us cultivate positive states of mind, and learn how to overcome those negative habits of mind that undermine our peace and well-being.

It helps us develop clarity and perspective so that we can solve problems and deal with difficult situations in positive and constructive ways.

For some of us, meditation might sound like a good idea - but we may feel unsure of how to get started, or uncertain about whether we are doing it the 'right' way. Just like developing any other new skill, meditation takes practice and training - and having the support of a teacher can make all the difference.

This course sets out clear, easy-to-follow steps in establishing good meditation habits and practices. If you are just a beginner this is a great place to start; and if you have already been practising meditation for some time, the course will provide tips and advice to help you take your practice to the next step.

‘If we train in meditation our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful and we shall experience purer and purer forms of happiness. Eventually we shall able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.’ -  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

  • series 1: mindful living (four weeks)
    • february : 16 : 23
    • march : 2 : 9
  • series 2: improve your relationships (5 weeks)
    • march : 16 : 23 : 30
    • april : 6 : 13
  • series 3: modern buddhism (6 weeks)
    • april : 20 : 27
    • may : 4 : 11 : 18 : 25
  • series 4: how to stop overthinking (5 weeks)
    • june : 1 : 8 : 15 : 22 : 29

with birgit saunders

feilding

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

Feilding Community House, 131 Manchester Street

 

 

 

  • series 1: mindful living (four weeks)
    • february : 21
    • march : 7 : 14
  • series 2: improve your relationships (4 weeks)
    • march : 21 : 28
    • april : 4 : 11 (no class on Easter Monday)
  • series 3: modern buddhism (5 weeks)
    • april:  (no class Anzac Day)
    • may : 2 : 9 : 16 : 23 : 30
  • series 4: how to stop overthinking (4 weeks)
    • june : 13 : 20 : 27
    • july : 4

 

with kelsang phunwang

whanganui

thursdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

  • free talk
    • february : 10
  • series 1: mindful living (four weeks)
    • february : 17 : 24
    • march : 3 : 10
  • series 2: improve your relationships (5 weeks)
    • march : 17 : 24 : 31
    • april : 7 : 14
  • series 3: modern buddhism (6 weeks)
    • april : 21 : 28
    • may : 5 : 12 : 19 : 26
  • series 4: how to stop overthinking (5 weeks)
    • june : 2 : 9 : 16 : 23 : 30

with birgit saunders

 

levin

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

 

  • series 1: mindful living (four weeks)
    • february : 21
    • march : 7 : 14
  • series 2: improve your relationships (4 weeks)
    • march : 21 : 28
    • april : 4 : 11 (no class on Easter Monday)
  • series 3: modern buddhism (5 weeks)
    • april:  (no class Anzac Day)
    • may : 2 : 9 : 16 : 23 : 30
  • series 4: how to stop overthinking (4 weeks)
    • june : 13 : 20 : 27
    • july : 4

 

with jan mcpherson