drop-in meditation classes

palmerston north, feilding, levin, and whanganui

this link will take you to more information from Birgit regarding programme changes and cancellations due to covid19

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)

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)

series 1: enriching relationships

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

Learning to cherish others is the best solution to our daily problems and it is the source of all our future happiness and good fortune ~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Cherishing others is the path that leads to real happiness.

In this course we can learn methods that help us to feel closer and warmer towards others. If we develop a kind heart, and a sense that we wish to care for others at least as much as we care about ourselves, our mind becomes more peaceful, and we feel happier. This will obviously have a positive impact on our relationships with others and if we then carry this special feeling of love into our daily life it will have a positive influence on everything that we think, say and do.


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

series 2: modern buddhism

Topics:

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

Buddha taught a very long time ago, and a very long way from central North Island, Aotearoa. So what relevance do his teachings have to us? Right here and right now?

This series unwraps some of Buddha's key insights on the nature of being human that transcend time and place, and shows how we can apply his advice to our experiences in daily life.

Buddha said that happiness and suffering are states of mind and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind. Modern Buddhism explores practical methods and meditations that help us train our mind so we experience more real happiness and fewer problems.

 

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