Open Day for meditators

The rising interest on meditation techniques has encouraged the Vipassana Meditation Centre to organise an Open Day this fortnight.

Open to all persons of all ethnicities, the Open Day will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Centre located at 153 Burnside Road, Makarau, Kaukapakapa, about 60 kms from Auckland City Centre on State Highway 1.

The Centre has also announced that the next course for young persons will be held next month.

The course for teenagers (13 to 17 years) will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on May 3 and for those in the 8-12 years age group will be held on May 4.

Organiser Falgun Shah said that the courses will be held at a location in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu but details will be announced later.

Special technique

“The ‘Anapana’ technique is simple yet scientific, morality-based but non-religious, uses a natural object to focus and is non-commercial. The course aims to let our youngsters experience the benefits of meditation. Regular practice of Anapana improves concentration and memory, increases self-confidence and greater capacity to study, provides the ability to deal with agitation, fear, anxiety and pressure,” Mr Shah said.

According to him, the courses have been designed to allow youngsters to experience the benefits of meditation.

“Meditation sessions are combined with discussion, creative activities and games in smaller groups. These courses are run on voluntary basis and funded through donations,” Mr Shah said.

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Further details can be obtained from Falgun Shah on (09) 4205319.

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