When: Wednesday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Suggested Donation: $15 / $10 / $5
Wellington Young Buddhists is a group of young people aged 18-35 that comes together each week to explore a topic on Buddhism and everyday life.
Our group is aimed for young people and our unique experiences, be that dealing with difficult emotions, social media, new relationships, or addictive behaviours, we strive to hold a space for openness and manāki.
Upcoming topics include:
- Mindfulness of the body
- How meditation can improve our awareness of others
- Authenticity and friendship
- What is Buddhism?
- How to deal with change and adversity
Our discussions are self-directed, but guided by experienced Buddhist practitioners, who provide food for thought such as specific teachings or practices to take home.
We end with a short, guided meditation which connects to the topic discussed.
Folks of all backgrounds, cultures, and traditions are welcome.
Wednesday 10th April – Who was the Buddha?
2500 years ago, an Indian prince named Siddhārtha Gautama discovered a path that lead to him to gain insight into the true nature of reality and free himself from suffering. He is now known as the Buddha. His teachings have gone on to help generations of people find true happiness and formed the cornerstone of Buddhist practice.Who was the Buddha? What are his core teachings? And why do so many people in the west find Buddhism an engaging and beneficial path?
In this session, we will explore the life of the Buddha and how his teachings can help you find more happiness, clarity and fulfilment in your life.
Wednesday 17th April – Buddhism: Religion or Philosophy
A religion, philosophy of reality, a way of life, or an education system for reaching your full potential? Come and discuss how Buddhism provides the tools for exploring the nature of the world and our place in it.
Wednesday 24th April – Exploring Rebirth: Does it really matter?
Most people are curious to know whether they’ll continue to have some sort of personal experience after they die physically. Buddhism doesn’t wish or expect people to accept any sort of dogma or creed about such things. On the other hand the Buddha and all the great Buddhist sages down the ages were confident about rebirth (different from the Hindu notion of reincarnation), and said it’s integral to their central teaching of karma.There is now good, peer reviewed evidence for near-death-experiences and for rebirth. But does any of this really matter to your life today? We’ll explore four ways that taking rebirth as a working assumption would transform your life in the here and now.