Solving Outer and Inner Problems

Solving Outer and Inner Problems
DATE: Sunday 7 July, 2024
TIME: 10 am – 1 pm
Cost: $30 ($15 unwaged)


We should understand that our problems do not exist outside of ourself, but are part of our mind that experiences unpleasant feelings. When our computer, for example, has a problem we usually say ‘I have a problem’, but in reality it is the computer’s problem and not our problem.

The computer’s problem is an outer problem, and our problem, which is our own unpleasant feeling, is an inner problem. These two problems are completely different. We need to solve the computer’s problem by repairing it, and we need to solve our own problem by controlling our desire for the computer’s problem to be solved.

Even if we keep solving the computer’s problems, if we are unable to control our desire for the computer, we will continually experience new problems related to the computer. It is the same with our house, our money, our relationships and so forth. Because of mistakenly believing that outer problems are their own problems, most people seek refuge in the wrong objects.

On this course Phunwang will teach us simple strategies and meditations to help distinguish between outer and inner problems to calm the mind, reduce stress, and find peace of mind.


Coffee, tea and snacks are provided.


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

Kelsang Phunwang

Kelsang Phunwang has studied at Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre for many years and ordained in 2014. He is sincere, kind and has a deep understanding of Dharma which he puts into practice in all aspects of his life. He is our Education Programme Co-ordinator (EPC).

Phunwang teaches our classes on Thursday lunchtimes and co-ordinates Prayers for World Peace on Sundays.