Living Lightly

Living Lightly
DATE: Sunday September 8, 2024
TIME: 10 am – 1 pm
Cost: $30 ($15 unwaged)


We will explore how to recognise and let go of the many negative and heavy states of mind that weigh us down and obstruct our happiness. Instead, we will learn how to develop and maintain peaceful, positive minds that bring us tremendous energy and joy in daily life. Based upon the teachings at this year’s NKT Summer Festival 2024 at Manjushri Centre in England.

We explore meditations and practices based on Buddha’s wisdom teachings that show us that we have a choice to free ourselves from anger, attachment, stress, and confusion and instead help us to develop our patience, love, acceptance and wisdom.


Coffee, tea and snacks are provided.


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

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.