The Light of your Wisdom – Buddha Manjushri Empowerment

DATE: Saturday, 16 November, 2024
TIME: 10 am – 5 pm
with Resident Teacher, Kadam Birgit Saunders

Registration is between 9.30am and 9.45am

Price: $60 or $30 unwaged




“… there is no more important task than to increase our wisdom.” – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

When wisdom is in our hearts, our mind is very clear, confident, and free from disturbing thoughts. Wisdom gives us clarity and insight and, like an inner spiritual guide, helps us to act thoughtfully, skilfully, and meaningfully in daily life. Since all our negative minds are based upon the opposite of wisdom – confusion – everyone needs to develop wisdom.

Wisdom will never deceive us. It is our inner Spiritual Guide who leads us to the correct path. Through receiving blessings of the wisdom Buddha Manjushri, we can develop wisdom in our own mind and in this way find the true meaning of our human life.

What is an empowerment?

“An empowerment bestows upon us special blessings that heal our mental continuum and awaken our Buddha nature.”  — Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

On this special day Kadam Birgit will grant the blessing empowerment of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri who is the embodiment of the wisdom of all Enlightened beings and give teachings on the Treasury of Wisdom.

The empowerment and teachings are open to everyone from complete beginners to those with previous 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.