How to Have a Happy Holiday Season

1/2 Day Course
DATE: Sunday, 15 December
TIME: 10 am – 1 pm
with Resident Teacher, Birgit Saunders

Price: $30 or $15 unwaged

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Does the thought of the holiday season coming up make you feel overwhelmed, sad or frustrated? Even though we wish to be happy every day of our life, our mind can get trapped in negative ways of thinking.  Such thoughts leave us feeling tired, dissatisfied and wondering whether this is all that life has to offer.

We can feel like that especially in the run up to the holiday season, a very busy time with lots of organising, deadlines, family visits and shopping to name but a few things that are happening. Wouldn’t it be great if we could simply choose not to be unhappy? To have happy holidays. 

On this course we can learn how to choose to follow thoughts and ideas that lead to happiness, and learn to change negative emotional habits. In this way we can look forward to the holiday season knowing that we have the power to always do this!


These classes are based on Buddha’s teachings on the mind, but you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend, or to benefit from them. There is no physical exercise involved and you can choose to sit either in a chair or on a cushion. These classes are suitable for all levels of experience.


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

Resident Teacher, Birgit Saunders

Kadam Birgit Saunders, Resident Teacher of Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Kadam Birgit has been a student of Kadampa Buddhism since arriving in New Zealand over twelve years ago. She began teaching with Kadampa Meditation Centre in Wellington where she was also Admin Director (AD) for three years.

Since moving to Palmerston North in 2016 she worked closely with Gen Kelsang Demo as the Education Programme Co-ordinator (EPC) for the Centre and teaching classes in Dannevirke, Feilding, at the Cancer Society and Massey University, while also working at the Cancer Society.

Birgit was appointed Resident Teacher of Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre at the beginning of 2020, and brings sincerity, bubbly enthusiasm and kindness to her teaching. 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 positive changes in their lives.