Friday Night Lectures

7 – 8.30pm with Kadam Birgit Saunders
$12 or $6 unwaged (no need to book)
Held at Amitabha Buddhist Centre

Our Friday Night Lectures offer a unique opportunity to come and enjoy an engaging presentation of Buddhist thought around certain Buddhist topics. Guaranteed to stimulate the mind, this talk is open to everyone. There will be time for questions and discussion. Everyone welcome.

September 13: Why me? Understanding Karma

So many of the burning questions we have about life such as “why is the happening to me?”, “what did I do to deserve this”, or “it’s so unfair?” are answered through understanding the law of karma.

The law of karma explains the relationship between our actions and our experiences.

Positive actions are the main causes of happiness and negative actions are the main causes of our suffering. By understanding (and more importantly applying) Buddha’s teachings on the law of karma we can learn to control our present and future experiences. Karma teaches us that no experience is random and nothing is pre-determined, and that by learning to control our mind and our actions we can become masters of our own destiny and create a life of harmony, with deep spiritual meaning.

October 11: Faith and the Logical Mind

In our modern world we are being taught that there is an insurmountable rift between logic and faith, science and religion. However, Buddha famously said “Don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself.”

Buddha was an inner scientist, a scientist of his mind. His teachings are a perfectly verifiable, reproducible and reliable recipe for attaining happiness. When we put these teachings into practice, testing them, we will come to deeply know their truth. In this way, we will develop unshakeable faith in these teachings that comes from logic and our own personal experience.

In this evening lecture we will see how anyone can develop stable faith that believes Buddha’s teachings to be true, admires them and deeply wishes to one day know their deepest meaning directly.

November 22: Reincarnation, where are we from and where are we going?

Where did we come from? Why are we here? What happens when we die?

These are the most fundamental questions of our life whose answers could give real meaning and purpose to every day. On this Friday Night Lecture, come and enjoy a lively and engaging presentation of Buddhist thought on these important points. Guaranteed to stimulate the mind, this talk is open to everyone.


Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre
174 Albert Street, Palmerston North
Phone: 06 355-3524

Resident Teacher, Birgit Saunders

Kadam Birgit Saunders
Resident Teacher

Kadam Birgit Saunders has been a student of Kadampa Buddhism since arriving in New Zealand over twelve years ago. Birgit began teaching with Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington where she was also Administrative Director (AD) for three years. Since moving to Palmerston North in 2016 she worked closely with Gen Kelsang Demo as the Education Programme Coordinator (EPC) and teaching classes in Dannevirke, Feilding, at the Cancer Society and Massey University, while also working at the Cancer Society.

Birgit was appointed as Resident Teacher of the Amitabha Centre at the beginning of 2020. She brings sincerity, bubbly enthusiasm and kindness to her teachings. She is always looking for ways to make Dharma practical, relevant and meaningful so that students are able to see how to use Dharma and meditation to make a positive changes in their lives.