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