Young Sydney Buddhists

The evening takes place in two halves. In the first half, we explore one of two Buddhist meditations. After a short tea break, we will introduce another aspect of Buddhism with an opportunity for discussion.

Meditation

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

Dharma is the name for the teachings of the Buddha. We introduce Dharma in a way that is accessible and practical to everyday life for young people in the modern world. Usually the format is a short presentation, followed by breaking into smaller groups for 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.

From time to time, when there are special events such as a talk from a guest speaker on Friends Night we will combine the two classes for the second half.

Programme

Compassion in Action

In this series we invite a series of special guest speakers to talk about their experiences of compassion in action: the causes that are important in their lives, and how that influences and is influenced by their Buddhist practice.

Date Meditation Speaker & Talk Subject
16 October Mindfulness of Breathing Kusalachitta on the life of Dr Ambedkar (combined with Friends Night)
23 October Mettā Bhāvanā Cara & Gillian on climate activism
30 October Mindfulness of Breathing Prakashika on her experience fundraising for The Karuna Trust
6 November Mettā Bhāvanā Padmadakini on her experience as a social worker in crisis work, mens prisons and more recently doing workshops for the government sector
13 November Mindfulness of Breathing Samacitta on veganism
20 November Mettā Bhāvanā Nagasuri on her experience working for refugees, and supporting people living with HIV and AIDS
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book?

No, just turn up!

What should I wear?

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, especially those who are completely 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.