Buddhist meditation followed by an exploration of the Dharma through talks and discussion. Suitable for all levels.
Every Thursday evening we hold study groups for women* who are interested in exploring the Dharma more deeply. Each week we alternate between meeting online over Zoom, and in person at the Sydney Buddhist Centre.
The evening takes place in two parts:
We start with a meditation practice. 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.
After a short break, there will be a study and discussion exploring another aspect of Buddhism. We introduce Dharma in a way that is accessible and practical to everyday life for people in the modern world. Although the class is available for drop-ins, the study builds on itself over time.
* Anyone who identifies as a woman.
To get the zoom link for the class email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
For most modern web browsers, you do not need to download anything. For a better experience you can, before the start time, download the Zoom Desktop Client for Windows, Mac, or Linux. You do not need to create an account or sign in.
A few minutes before we're due to start, open the app if you have downloaded it, or go to join.zoom.us, and enter the meeting ID you've been given to join.
Just drop us an email and we will let you know whether we are up to a in person week or an online week, and send you the Zoom link.
It is best to stay for the whole evening.
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 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.