Buddhist meditation followed by an exploration of the Dharma through talks and discussion. Suitable for all levels.
The evening takes place in several parts. We begin by reporting in with each other, followed by exploring one of two Buddhist meditations. Then after a short break, we will introduce another aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion. You are welcome to turn up for whichever parts you want to join for.
Starting at 5:30pm we meet together over food to talk about life and practice. This is usually in the format of each person having a few minutes to report on whatever is most relevant for them.
Starting at 6:30pm we practice 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.
For those who are new, 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. For those who are already familiar with the practices, we will have a separate unguided session.
Starting around 7:30pm we explore an aspect of the Dharma (the name for the teachings of the Buddha).
For those who are new, the format is usually a short presentation, followed by discussion. We typically cover topics in a series along a particular theme, but every night will stand alone so there is no need for any previous knowledge for any evening and you can start coming at any point in the series. For those who have been attending for a while, we have study groups that go more into detail along a particular theme.
This class runs in person or online. If you can't make it in the person you can also join us on Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87175059115?pwd=QyswWm5JSHRsUFlYbTRtSHN0RXB4dz09
Before the start time, download the Zoom Mobile App using one of the links below. You do not need to create an account or sign in.
A few minutes before we're due to start, click here to join.
No, just turn up! This class is on a drop-in basis, so come along at any time.
Most people choose to stay for the whole evening, but feel free to come to whatever parts you like.
There are no special requirements, just make sure you'll be comfortable to sit for the length of the meditation. If you're joining us online and don't have meditation equipment, a dining room chair will be perfectly suitable. Meditation equipment is available for use in the Centre.
No - the class is suitable for everyone, especially those who are completely new to meditation and Buddhism.
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.
We're in Newtown, a few minutes walk away from the station.