Dharma Book Club
The class takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short tea break, explore Buddhist teachings through reading and discussing a book.
We teach two Buddhist meditation practices: Mindfulness of Breathing, for developing awareness, integration and clarity of mind; and Mettā Bhāvanā (“development of loving kindness”), which brings about a gentle but radical transformation of our emotional world. Each week we alternate between the two practices.
We will help you to set up in good posture and give a fully led practice, so there is no need for any previous experience.
Dharma is the name for the teachings of the Buddha. We use books which explore Dharma in a way that is accessible and practical to everyday life in the modern world. Although you will get the most out of the class if you come to every week on a particular book, there is no need for any previous knowledge and you can start coming at any point in the series. You do not need to have read the book beforehand.
The current book we are studying is Finding the Mind: A Buddhist View by Robin Cooper. In Finding the Mind Robin Cooper suggests that Buddhism points to your own mind, your own personal psychology, as a way to understand and transform your experience. Buddhism takes an exploratory approach: it asks you to be aware, probe the edges of your awareness, investigate, and find your mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book?
No, just turn up!
What should I wear for the meditation?
There are no special requirements, just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No, the class is suitable for everyone who wants to meditate or learn about Buddhism.
Do I need to have read the book beforehand?
No, we will read the current material together before discussing.
How much does the class cost?
We don't charge a fixed price for our classes but instead invite you to make a donation to the centre to help us cover our running costs.
A donation of $10-20 would help us to cover our costs, but everyone is equally welcome, even if you cannot give anything at all.
Where to Find Us
We're in Newtown, a few minutes walk away from the station.