Young Sydney Buddhists
The evening takes place in two halves. Usually 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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are limited to the number of people we can have in a single room, so depending on numbers on a given night we may split the class into two groups and run both halves twice.
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 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.
In this series we will explore the Buddhist practice of mind-training. Examining mind from the Buddhist point of view, we will see how such knowledge can help us live a more satisfactory life.
|1 July||Mettā Bhāvanā||Introduction to Buddhist Psychology — Dhammakumāra|
|8 July||Mindfulness of Breathing||Mindfulness and the Mind — Priyada|
|15 July||Mettā Bhāvanā||Contentment, Goodwill, and Compassion — Aryadharma|
|22 July||Mindfulness of Breathing||Clarity and Ignorance — Cam|
|29 July||Mettā Bhāvanā||Ardour — Claire & Cara|
|5 August||Mindfulness of Breathing||Serenity, and Equanimity — Claire & Cara|
|12 August||Mettā Bhāvanā||Confidence and Doubt — Claire|
The Wheel of Life
In this series will use the famous Buddhist image of the bhāvacakra, or "wheel of life" to explore some key Buddhist ideas including saṃsāra, karma, and the spiral path leading to nirvāṇa.
|19 August||Mindfulness of Breathing||The Hub|
|26 August||Mettā Bhāvanā||Karma|
|2 September||Mindfulness of Breathing||The Higher Realms|
|9 September||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Lower Realms|
|16 September||Mindfulness of Breathing||The Twelve Links|
|23 September||Mettā Bhāvanā||The Spiral Path|
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book?
No, just turn up! This class is on a casual drop-in basis, so come along at any time.
Do I need to be a Buddhist?
No - the class is suitable for everyone, especially those who are completely new to meditation and Buddhism.
What should I wear?
In line with recommendations from NSW Health we are recommending everyone wear a mask when in the centre. Other than this, there are no special requirements: just whatever is comfortable to sit in.
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.