Why kind­ness is king

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Kind­ness changes peo­ple, so it is said, and of­ten in un­pre­dictable ways. Recog­nised as a universal virtue, and a win-win for both giver and re­ceiver, kind­ness is the fo­cus of a day-long work­shop com­ing to the city on April 2.

For a num­ber of years, Bud­dhist monk, international teacher and med­i­ta­tor, Gen Rabten has been pay­ing vis­its to the city.

Known for his prac­ti­cal and down-to-earth teach­ings and in­spir­ing med­i­ta­tions, Gen Rabten’s talks have turned into some­thing of a pop­u­lar com­mu­nity event.

So, this year the teacher and spir­i­tual ad­vi­sor to the city’s Amitabha Bud­dhist Cen­tre, is ex­pand­ing the scope of these talks by of­fer­ing a full day ses­sion at Ad­dis House on the sub­ject Why Kind­ness Works.

Amitabha Bud­dhist Cen­tre’s Gen Kel­sang Demo says any­one and ev­ery­one is wel­come, in­clud­ing peo­ple from other faiths and from non-spir­i­tual back­grounds.

‘‘You do not have to be a Bud­dhist to ben­e­fit from these teach­ings and med­i­ta­tions on this universal topic of kind­ness,’’ Demo says.

It has been ar­gued that the essence of kind­ness is love, and that the essence of love is kind­ness. Gen Rabten’s Why Kind­ness Works ses­sion at Ad­dis House, Ruahine St on Satur­day April 2, is from 10am – 3.30pm. The $50 cost in­cludes a veg­e­tar­ian morn­ing tea and lunch.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial, and can be made on-line through the Amitabha Bud­dhist Cen­tre cour­ses and events sec­tion med­i­tatein­palmer­ston­north.org, or by phon­ing 355 3524.

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Bud­dhist monk Gen Rabten re­turns to the city with a full day kind­ness work­shop.

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