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Meditation Toolkit: Learn How To or Improve Your Meditation


Wed 10 Mar 2021, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Amitabha Buddhist Centre, 174 Albert St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

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Meditation Toolkit
A meditation toolkit for everyday life with Resident Teacher Birgit Saunders

We can fix anything if we just have the right tools!

Buddha’s meditation methods can help us face life’s challenges and difficulties with a calm and centred mind. We can accumulate an “inner tool kit” that can help us solve any problem.

The emphasis of the programme will be on setting up our own daily meditation practice to and how to use meditation and Buddha's teachings to make practical changes in our life.
Not just a tool kit: but some good advice on how to use the tools.

Meditation is a way of calming the mind and developing a positive approach to life. It is easy to do and everyone can learn. Through calming the mind in meditation, we can control our feelings and emotions, gain inner strength, sleep better and start to truly relax.

In this series learn how to meditate and discover for yourself the inner peace and happiness that naturally arises when your mind becomes still. This is a great course both for beginners and those who wish to improve their meditation skills.

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 and learning in a group can make all the difference.

In the toolkit you’ll find clear, easy-to-follow steps to establish good meditation habits and practices.
If you are 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

Four sessions
- Getting started: the basics and breathing
Discover the benefits of meditation & how to begin an effective meditation practice.
- Two types of meditation
Learn the two types of meditation that help us to get in touch with the real nature of our mind and getting some control over what we’re thinking and experiencing.
- Training in Mindfulness
Learn how to train in mindfulness according to authentic Buddhist sources and use this part of the mind to its greatest effect.
- Solving our problems in our daily life
Learn how we can use what we are meditating on to help us deal with stress by applying the instructions practically in our daily life.

Usually, we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the windblown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to maintain control of our mind. Gradually we develop a balanced mind that is happy and calm regardless of the external circumstances, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

For more information on what to expect at a class, please, see our website.

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