drop-in meditation classes: palmerston north, dannevirke, levin, whanganui

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). 

coming up in the second semester, 2022

drop-in classes

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

  • series 1: stress free living (four weeks)
  • series 2: find peace of mind (5 weeks)
  • series 3: how to be your best self (3 weeks)
  • series 4: a clear mind (3 weeks)

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)

stress-free living

semester 2: series 1 (august – september)

When things are out of balance or don’t go the way we want them to; when we seem to be running to stand still, or when the light at the end of the tunnel seems unreachably distant, we often end up feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, or just plain hacked off. “It’s NOT FAIR!” shouts the inner child in our head stamping their foot.

We all know that stressing out about things just makes them worse. And yet we get sucked into the crises and pressures we are facing, and problems steal our time, energy and good humour. The good news is that Buddha specialised in overcoming adversity and negative emotions. He recognised that our stress does not actually come from the external situation, but rather from our response to it: Stress comes from our mind. He also taught methods for ‘dropping out’ of a stressed mind and into a clear and peaceful one, and in this four-week series we explore ways we can learn to respond to problems, so that we remain more centred, flexible and effective.

See below for times and dates in PN, Whanganui, Feilding and Levin

 

find peace of mind

semester 2: series 2 (september – october)

Peace of mind can sometimes be a bit elusive, and most of us have moments when we really feel the need to give our practice and meditation a tune up, as well as an extra boost of energy.

Buddha suggested five key things that we can do to help us recharge and improve our mind of love for others, and we will explore each of these through this series:

  • week 1: an essential beginning: good motivation
  • week 2: the power of repetition: gaining familiarity
  • week 3: gathering positive energy
  • week 4: purifying the mind: destroying negativity
  • week 5: directing your intention: power of prayer

In this series, we’ll explore practical ways of implementing these suggestions, so that our practice is more effective – and peace of mind becomes a little less elusive.

how to be your best self

While acknowledging that we have delusions, we should not identify with them, thinking, “I am a selfish, worthless person” or “I am an angry person.” Instead we should identify with our pure potential and develop the wisdom and courage to overcome our delusions. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform Your Life.

semester 2: series 3 (november- december)

We all have an inner critic. This small voice can be really helpful in gently reminding us to avoid habits or actions which take us into a negative space, however, if the critic gets too negative, too loud and too insistent, we can find ourselves slipping into a black hole of negative self-talk and guilt which can be limiting at best, and paralysing if it really takes a hold.

Negative self-talk brings us down, makes us anxious, needy, and probably irritating. It is an exceptionally effective barrier in stopping us from seeing opportunities and realising our potential.

Buddha suggests that rather than identifying with our faults and limitations, we should recognise that at the very centre of our being we have an unlimited potential for love, kindness and wisdom.

This short series helps us touch base with this beautiful pure, potential and begin to shrug off the fixed and limited views of our self that are holding us back from becoming the best we can be.

 

 

clear mind

semester 2: series 4 (november- december)

In this last series of the year, we'll set off on a gentle voyage of exploration of our mind,  developing our understanding of the way in which our mind is the source of our awareness, how thoughts and feelings arise from but always dissolve back into our minds,

We will become more familiar with the deep and profound sense of clarity and peace that arises when our minds are still and undistracted, and which discover our inner potential for peace and happiness.

This sense of calm, clarity and stillness might be the very best gift that we can take into all the frantic-ness and demands of christmas, new year and summer holidays.

palmerston north

wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm

 

  • stress free living: (4 weeks)
    • august: 24 - 31,
    • september: 7 – 14
  • find peace of mind: (5 weeks)
    • september: 21 - 28,
    • october: 5 - 12  - 26,
  • how to be your best self: (3 weeks)
    • november: 2 - 9 - 16
  • a clear mind: (3 weeks)
    • november: 23 - 30, december: 7

with birgit saunders

feilding

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

Feilding Community House, 131 Manchester Street

 

 

 

 

  • stress free living: (4 weeks)
    • august: 29,
    • september: 5 - 12 - 19
  • find peace of mind: (4 weeks)
    • september: 26,
    • october: 3 - 10 - 31
  • how to be your best self: (3 weeks)
    • november: 7 - 14 - 21
  • a clear mind: (3 weeks)
    • november: 28,
    • december: 5 - 12

with kelsang phunwang

whanganui

thursdays 6.00-7.30pm

 

 

 

  • stress free living: (4 weeks)
    • august: 25,
    • september: 1 - 8 - 15
  • find peace of mind: (5 weeks)
    • september: 22 - 29,
    • october: 6 - 13 - 20 - 27 (no class on 20th, because of fall festival)
  • how to be your best self: (3 weeks)
    • november: 3 - 10 - 17
  • a clear mind: (3 weeks)
    • november: 24,
    • december: 1 - 8

with birgit saunders

 

levin

mondays 7.00-8.30pm

 

 

  • stress free living: (4 weeks)
    • august: 29,
    • september: 5 - 12 - 19
  • find peace of mind: (4 weeks)
    • september: 26,
    • october: 3 - 10 - 31
  • how to be your best self: (3 weeks)
    • november: 7 - 14 - 21
  • a clear mind: (3 weeks)
    • november: 28,
    • december: 5 - 12

with jan mcpherson