Saturday Dharma Morning
The morning takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short break, we will introduce another aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion.
Meditation - join for 9.30am
At the Sydney Buddhist Centre in Newtown, 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.
The physical class at our Centre in Newtown will take place in two separate spaces. For those who are new to meditation we will give a fully led practice, led by an experienced member of our community. You can join this class even if you have no previous experience. For those who are more experienced, we have a lightly guided meditation in a different room.
For the Zoom class, there will be a single group only, with a lightly guided practice.
If you are very new to meditation, we recommend coming in person to the Centre in order to learn meditation from an experienced practitioner.
Dharma - join for 10.15am
We introduce traditional teachings of the Buddha in a way that is accessible and practical to everyday life in the modern world. Usually the format is a talk, followed by breaking into smaller groups for discussion. Each week will stand alone so there is no need for any previous knowledge.
How To Join
This class is running at our centre in Newtown. But if you are self-isolating at home, you can also participate online using Zoom.
Use a PC or Mac
Use a Mobile or Tablet
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.
|18 July||Approaching Discrimination and Prejudice through the Dharma — Aryadharma|
|25 July||The Worldly Winds and Reactivity — Ratnavyuha|
|1 August||Holding to Nothing Whatever — Prakashika|
|8 August||“One day I'll have everything set up just right!” — Dharmalata|
|15 August||Reframe your experience of unsatisfactoriness: from reflection to insight — Carudaya|
|22 August||Reframe your experience of impermanence: from reflection to insight — Carudaya|
|29 August||Reframing non-self: from reflection to insight — Carudaya|
|5 September||Dharma topic to be advised – Nagasuri|
|12 September||The transcendent – Nagapriya|
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I come just for the meditation, or just for the dharma session?
Of course! If you're just joining for the Dharma session, join us around 10:15am.
Do I need to book?
No, just turn up!
What should I wear for the meditation and how should I sit?
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.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No - the class is suitable for everyone, and the guided meditation group is especially suited to those who are new to meditation and Buddhism.
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.