Meditation Central provides information about the free meditation classes and workshops being offered in Taupo and throughout the central North Island by members of the New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre. Our classes are free of charge at the request of our spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, who encouraged his students to offer meditation classes in the spirit of oneness and peace. Our goal is to inspire others to explore their inner potential and to discover the many positive and practical benefits of meditation.
One of the key factors in learning to meditate is the realisation that there is no one 'correct way' or 'special technique' that works for everyone. Each of us has varying needs and personalities as we are all at different points in our evolution. It is these factors that dictate how we interact in the world and therefore we each need to discover a way of meditating that suits our individual nature. Taking this beautiful expression of diversity into consideration, our classes endeavour to offer a broad range of simple yet effective meditation techniques in order for participants to try different approaches to their meditation practice and experience. These include:
Ultimately though, meditation is more than mere technique, which can only take us so far. With time and regular practice our meditation becomes the spontaneous experience of a deeper tranquility and awareness that exists within each of us. This is an ever-growing and ever-unfolding reality that keeps our meditation experience fresh, joyful and free of stagnation.
The moment I say and feel
That I am an eternal beginner,
I become the possessor
Of boundless joy.
– Sri Chinmoy.
During our classes, we are more than happy to answer any questions that people may have about meditation, their personal practice, and related topics. We also offer a range of Sri Chinmoy's books and music, as well as creative visualisation CDs, which are available for sale. These items serve to instruct and inspire when practicing meditation at home.
We are often asked if there is anything that participants need to bring to our classes (usually they are referring to physical items such as mats or cushions). A good question and the simple answer is, "no, there is nothing that you need to bring". In terms of the non-physical, our answer would be that it is really good to bring a hunger for what meditation has to offer. This can be of tremendous help, not only to oneself, but also to everyone else in the class – including the tutor. Hunger, or as Sri Chinmoy called it, aspiration, creates receptivity and that is the most useful tool that anyone can have simply because it invites greater possibilities to our lives.
With the World Health Organisation predicting that by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of ill-health and disability world-wide, life-skills that encourage stress reduction and inner peace are becoming increasingly relevant and topical. Meditation – an effective and simple answer to workplace stress – is fast becoming a mainstream social skill and the Sri Chinmoy Centre is offering an initiative to introduce these skills and to offer a sixty minute workplace introductory session as a free community service. Sixty Minutes Of Peace involves our instructor teaching the ABC's of simple and proven meditation techniques and practical tips on getting started to your staff and employees. Single or multiple teaching sessions are available and the attendance of ten or more people is preferred. For more information, kindly contact us.
Sri Chinmoy (1931—2007) is a spiritual teacher and peace lover whose dynamic life and multifarious activities served to inspire millions of people all over the world during his lifetime. A renaissance man in every sense of the term, Sri Chinmoy left a vast legacy of writings, poetry, music, artwork, sporting achievements and a variety of community service initiatives that will continue to encourage and guide humanity toward the ideal of a peaceful oneness-world-family for centuries to come. And it is from this legacy that we draw the material, inspiration and experience for our meditation classes.
Despite being recognised and honoured for his many accomplishments and selfless service to humanity throughout his life, Sri Chinmoy remained very humble. Once asked how he viewed himself and his role in the world Sri Chinmoy replied,
"People say that I am an ambassador of peace, but that is not true; I am a student of peace. Only a student can always go on learning. Every day, every hour, every minute and every second I am learning to see, feel and become one with the new light and delight that the message of universal peace is offering to me and to humanity. I am a student of peace and I wish to remain so forever and forever, for peace is a reality that is constantly transcending its own high, higher, highest heights." [source]
Sri Chinmoy was born in the village of Shakpura in the province of East Bengal, India (now Bangladesh) in 1931. He was the youngest of seven children in a devout family. In 1944, after the passing of both of his parents, he joined his brothers and sisters at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in southern India. From that time on he meditated for several hours a day and had many deep inner experiences. It was during this time that Sri Chinmoy began writing poetry and painting to convey his widening mystical vision. He also took an active part in ashram life and was a champion athlete for many years.
Heeding an inner command, Sri Chinmoy moved to the United States in 1964 to be of service to spiritual aspirants in the Western world. During the 43 years that he lived in the West he founded over 100 meditation centres worldwide and served as a spiritual guide to thousands of students. Sri Chinmoy's boundless creativity found expression not only through poetry and prose, but also through the mediums of musical composition and performance, art and sport. In each sphere he sought to convey the diverse experiences that comprise the spiritual journey: the search for truth and beauty, the struggle to transcend limitations, and the supremely fulfilling communion of the human soul with the Divine.
As a self-described student of peace who combined Eastern spirituality and Western dynamism in a remarkable way, Sri Chinmoy garnered international renowned. In 1970 at the request of U Thant, the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, he began the twice-weekly peace meditations for delegates and staff at the UN headquarters in New York that continued until his passing. Sri Chinmoy enjoyed special friendships with many international luminaries including President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Sri Chinmoy passed away on 11 October 2007 (see tributes on Sri Chinmoy's passing). His creative, peace-loving and humanitarian endeavours are carried on worldwide by his students, who practice meditation and strive to serve the world in accordance with his timeless teachings.
Our meditation classes in the central North Island are primarily being offered by Taupo based Shardul Dillicar who has been a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre since 1984. Shardul delights in the opportunity of sharing his love of meditation, its numerous benefits and related subjects with others. In his own words,
"No matter where we are at in life, meditation can be of tremendous help to us. Regular meditation brings forward peace, confidence and joy from the very depths of our hearts, and these qualities spread to every aspect of our lives. Meditation also simplifies and purifies our lives, which helps us to see the best in ourselves. If we are unhappy or dissatisfied, we feel and see that reality everywhere. Conversely, when we are happy, positive and progressive, we naturally see those realities in everyone and everything around us. Meditation also brings forward our creative capacities and this helps us to make the best of our lives – it is a transformative, natural and pragmatic force for betterment. Ultimately, meditation offers a deep satisfaction that is not reliant on anything external but is self-generated from within ourselves. And it is this satisfaction that grants us a truly happy and fulfilling life that allows us to thrive."
The Sri Chinmoy Centre provides meditation classes in over 350 cities all over the world. Sri Chinmoy asked his students to offer these classes free of charge, as he felt that the inner peace that meditation could bring was the birthright of each individual. To find a meditation class near you, kindly visit www.srichinmoycentre.org »
Meditation is a life-skill that has been practiced in various forms throughout the ages. It is something that most people will have experienced during their lives, albeit unconsciously, and especially during childhood when the mental faculties are still undeveloped. Have you ever had moments when your mind is quiet and a feeling of tranquility floods your being? Inner calm often springs from some outer catalyst – for instance, being in the beauty of nature, or gazing into an open fire. There may be many other examples but during these moments, the worries and trivialities of life seem to dissolve into the background and we have a momentary experience of spontaneous inner-peace.
Unfortunately the strong currents of our lifestyles and attitudes often sweep us away and dictate that these peaceful experiences become random events that are not easily replicated. But a tranquil and calm meditative state can become a permanent reality in our lives and need not depend on outer stimulation or circumstances. For that to happen, we need to develop the ability to regularly and consciously quieten the mind and access the vast reservoir of clarity and poise that exists within our spiritual hearts. This is most easily done through the regular practice of meditation.
"Meditation simplifies our outer life and energises our inner life. Meditation gives us a natural and spontaneous life, a life that becomes so natural and spontaneous that we cannot breathe without being conscious of our own divinity." – Sri Chinmoy. [source]
Meditation has many positive benefits. Often we suffer from the negative aspects of our thinking. The mind is not necessarily a bad thing but very often we misuse it and develop a negative mental culture. This in turn attracts adverse situations to our lives that can sometimes cause confusion and even physical illness. Yet, if we can learn to still the mind and tap into the deeper resources that are available within each of us, we can bring forward our abundant positive qualities: peace, joy, light, confidence, love, compassion, selflessness and so forth. With the regular practice of meditation, we learn to retrain the mind and bring light into our system from the spiritual heart. Some of the many benefits of meditation include:
There are no negative aspects to meditation provided that the individual finds a way to meditate that suits their needs. Then we can progress with our meditation in a natural and spontaneous way that makes us feel safe and confident that what we are doing is good for us and is bringing peace and joy into our lives. The best way to accomplish this is to practice at keeping the mind as still as possible and to place ones focus on the safe haven that is the spiritual heart.
Do you want to be happy?
Then do not overestimate
The power of your mind,
And do not underestimate
The light of your heart.
– Sri Chinmoy
A happier and more peaceful world is something that most people long for. Most of us find that it is difficult, if not impossible, to improve the world around us, but we can easily improve ourselves by bringing our divine qualities to the fore. By developing the capacity to meditate, we learn to silence the limited mind and access the unlimited resource that abides within the spiritual heart. In doing so, we find that the world around us has changed because our capacities and perceptions have been transformed through the process of personal effort and inner awakening. In Sri Chinmoy's words,
"Lasting peace must begin within the depths of the individual and from there spread in ever-widening circles as a dynamic force for world change." [source]
Do you want to change the world?
Then change yourself first.
Do you want to change yourself?
If so, remain completely silent
Inside the silence-sea.
Our free meditation classes are offered in a number of towns in the central North Island each year. These include Taupo, Rotorua, Turangi, Tokoroa and Mangakino. The start dates of our upcoming classes, workshops and concerts will be posted below. We do not publish specific details on this website or send information via email, but we are happy to mail flyers to your physical address. To request information or to get in touch, kindly contact us.
Classes Begin October 03, 2017
A series of free meditation classes will be offered in Taupo from Tuesday October 03. Fliers will be available from September 12 onwards. If you would like information sent to you, kindly contact us.
Classes Begin October 05, 2017
A series of free meditation classes will be offered in Tokoroa from Thursday October 05. Fliers will be available from September 14 onwards. If you would like information sent to you, kindly contact us.
One Day Workshop – July 08, 2017
A one day meditation workshop will be offered on Saturday July 08 in Mount Maunganui. Fliers are available in shops and libraries throughout Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. For more information, kindly call 021 121 5783.
Classes Begin June 06, 2017
A series of free meditation classes will be offered in Taupo from Tuesday June 06. Fliers will be available in Taupo shops and the library from May 16 onwards. If you would like information sent to you, kindly contact us.
Classes Begin March 27, 2017
A series of free meditation classes will be offered in Turangi from Monday March 27. Fliers will be available in Turangi shops and the library from March 09. If you would like information sent to you, kindly contact us.
Classes Begin February 14, 2017
This series of twice weekly evening classes has started and is now closed.
A similar course will be offered in June and if you would like to be notified when the details are available, kindly contact us.
January 21 & 22, 2017
A weekend workshop consisting of four sessions over the two days. A similar meditation course will be offered in Whanganui later in the year or in 2018. If you would like to be notified, kindly contact us.
If you would like to receive a flyer listing the details of our upcoming meditation classes in your area, kindly call us using the phone numbers listed below, or send us a message using the email contact form on the right.
All of our meditation classes are free of charge but we do ask for registration, either by phone or email, so that we can get an idea of how many people will be attending a given course.
Thank you for your interest – we look forward to the possibility of meeting you at one of our free 'Learn to Meditate' courses in the near future.
Phone: (07) 281 7713
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