About our meditation classes
Why meditate ?
In our fast-paced and often stressful modern lives, meditation is becoming recognized as a powerful life skill, bringing a renewed sense of clarity, purpose, simplicity and calm. Meditation reconnects us with our inner strength, unburdens the mind, and takes us to an inner space of stillness. More on the benefit of meditation >>
With the help of a few simple techniques, we can learn to improve focus, develop poise, solve problems, reduce stress and see our life path more clearly. Our class givers have spent many years studying meditation under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy (pictured in photo), and are very happy to answer any questions you might have about meditation.
What does the meditation course involve?
- Two guided meditations per session.
- Breathing and concentration techniques to still the mind.
- Covering the ABC’s of home practice.
- Creative visualisations, mantras, and the four pillars of yoga.
- Music and meditation.
Current Class Schedules
Our current series of free meditation programs run throughout the year in our CBD venues and in multiple surburban locations around Auckland.
Auckland CBD meditation courses
Welcome to our 2017 ‘Learn Meditation’ free course options. Look through the upcoming introductory courses below and choose a suitable time to attend. To register, simply leave your details on our contact page, or a message on our class answer phone: (09)3091136.
We look forward very much to meeting you in the New Year and sharing our love of meditation with you!
Option 2: Four consecutive Tuesdays: 6.00 – 7:30pm. Feb. 14, 21, 28; March 7.
Option 3: Saturday half-day workshop: Feb. 18, 8:30am – 12:30pm
Option 4: Four consecutive Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm. March 6, 13, 20, 27.
Option 5: Sunday half-day workshop: March 19, 8:30am–12:30pm.
Option 6: Saturday half-day workshop: April 22, 8:30am–12:30pm.
Option 7: Four consecutive Mondays, 6.00-7:30pm. April 8, 15, 22, 29.
Free Mastering Meditation Workshop
with international guest speaker Pradhan Balter
The technique is not the meditation: we often get lost in the instruction and want to get it right . . . but what we seek in meditation is not technique but tranquillity.
Quieting the mind: almost always taught as a necessary first step but often sets us up for failure and an obstacle to meditation when we find we can’t do it straight away.
Accessing deeper consciousness: Beyond quieting the mind, there are realms of consciousness that provide a deeper and more powerful experience.
Living the meditation lifestyle: Bringing the fruits of our meditation into everyday life has to be the most important thing to learn — “living the life”, as they say. And meditation combined with good diet and regular exercise can make life almost perfect!
About the Presenter
Whether you are just learning to meditate or have already begun your own regular practice, here is an inspiring program for you. This special one-off workshop is presented by visiting Chicago, USA lecturer and author Pradhan Balter, who has travelled the world extensively teaching meditation to thousands of students.
Pradhan has practiced meditation for 45 years under the guidance of Indian Spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy. During this time he has run the Chicago Sri Chinmoy Centre and played a key role in staging some of Sri Chinmoy’s large US Peace Concerts to thousands of spiritual seekers.
Pradhan maintains that everyone has their own way of meditating. “My style of meditation may not be your style. As a young person, when meditation became central to my life, my experience led me to seek out a spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy. My relationship with him has shaped my style of meditation.
“Each person has a unique personality, and your way of meditation will be unique for you. When I teach meditation, it is always in the hope of appealing to a broad range of interests.”
Commences Mon 13 and Tue 14 March
The Sri Chinmoy Centre 24 Cross St, CBD
Interview with Chicago based meditation instructor Pradhan Balter, who talks about his decades long practise of meditation and yoga, how he came to be a student of Sri Chinmoy, and how the relationship between him and his spiritual teacher has evolved and blossomend over the years.
Unless specified otherwise, all classes and workshops are held at the Sri Chinmoy Centre, 24 Cross Street, CBD ( behind the ANZ bank on the corner of Karangahape Rd / Queen Street – look for the signposted blue door on the corner of Cross Street).
How to register
All classes and workshops are completely free of charge. However, we do require registration. For further queries or to register for a class/workshop kindly phone (09) 309 1136 or fill in a Contact Form.
Meet the class givers
Our class instructors have all learnt the art of meditation personally from Sri Chinmoy.
Jogyata has taught meditation for over 30 years and is the author of several books about the subject and his encounters and experiences with Sri Chinmoy. He lives in Auckland but teaches in many other countries. His workshops combine humor, personal anecdotes and guided meditations and reflect his sincere love of his subject.
Muslim Badami has been a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre since 2003. A keen marathoner and occasional actor he lives and works in Auckland after moving here from India. He teaches evening workshops in introductory meditation throughout the year.
It’s easy to become a little overwhelmed by the amount of information about meditation and this short section is to simply focus on some of the techniques for meditation and the practical use of meditation for a fulfilling life.
If you’re a nature lover, Auckland has some of the best outdoor places of any city in which to practise and enjoy your meditation.read more
Rather than the path of seclusion, karma yoga sees in the everyday challenges of life countless opportunities to learn, deepen and multiply our many good qualities.read more
It’s hard trying to meditate every day. The chatter and constant movement of our mind, the momentum of habits and the addictive patterns of thought, make sitting still, breathing slowly, stepping back from it all and disentangling ourselves very difficult.read more
Explore deeper and greater truth about the Universe and Life. Insights on how meditation can help our life journey more meaningful and fulfilling.
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Some time ago I had the good fortune to travel to Brunei, a sovereign state on the island of Borneo. I was pleasantly surprised on the short flight from Malaysia – and prior to take-off – to be welcomed with a traveller’s prayer on my economy cabin video...read more
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Life experience and insight
Profound insights as well as inspiring and amusing life-stories.
The Old Ghost Road– named in memory of the 1880’s gold rush era – is a newly opened mountain bike and hiking trail in the north west corner of the South Island. Several of our members spent four days recently hiking this great walk, enjoying two days meandering from...read more
One spiritual memory that lingers from the long ago is a time of solitude I experienced in my mid-twenties. Four decades have passed since those solitary months when I was living in a very remote area of the North Island, a walk from a gravel road-end across a...read more
Eleven intrepid Auckland boys set out to go for a three-day trek around Lake Waikaremoana last July. They have literally the whole place to themselves – all 46km or so of scenic but mountainous rough track with mist-shrouded valleys…read more
Catch up on the latest activities of the Sri Chinmoy Centres in New Zealand as well as world wide.
Ten of us from the Sri Chinmoy Centres in New Zealand recently visited Indonesia – Yogyakarta, Lombok, Bali. We were there to bring Sri Chinmoy’s global torch relay to old friends and new friends in a year that is the culmination of 30 years of Peace Run...read more
New Zealand ultra marathon legend Vajin Armstrong talks to Aucklanders about the secrets of success that can be applied to any sporting endeavours…read more
An article about ‘Songs of the Soul’ by Daniel Rubin It’s a long way from Europe to New Zealand. For those living up in the northern hemisphere and Oceania-bound, it’s a 28 or 35-hour plane ride, chasing the moon through a long restless night, tossing about in an...read more