Meditation in Brisbane
July to December 2012:
Weekly: Early Sunday morning sittings with
19th August: Late Sunday
morning sittings followed by shared lunch
December: Late Sunday morning sittings followed by shared
DharmaCloud runs introductory meditation courses,
hosts occasional Sunday morning meditation sessions, organises
in-service teacher training courses for established meditation
teachers and offers occasional meditation retreats. Most of the
bigger retreats are held in Northern NSW.
Morning and evening events
are normally held at the Cloudroom, which is in the grounds of the Morningside
Healing Sanctuary, 147 Richmond Road, Morningside on the
corner of Bonar Street. The entrance is in Bonar Street.
Sunday sit and eat
programs, July - December 2012
The 'sit and eat' mornings
for this half year are Sunday 19th August and Sunday
16th December. The program is:
Break (walk,tea and/or read)
break (walk,tea and/or read)
lunch (bring a plate to share)
You can arrive before 10:00
or come in any of the breaks. The DharmaCloud library will be
open for people wanting to read during the breaks. You don't
need to let us know you're coming, you can just show up. These
mornings are for people who are comfortable (reasonably) sitting
for 45 minute periods and don't need guidance or instructions.
Cost: free, although there
is a donation box and anything you put there will go to projects
in India we support (Bodhgaya Development Association).
Regular Sunday morning meditation
There is a regular Sunday morning
sit from 8 to 10 am followed by a discussion on meditation, a
time to look at people's experience, or a short talk. The sitting
is a solid block with no breaks but you can (quietly) come into
the room after 8 or go out to have a break. Some people arrive
around 9 am.
The group is for people with
an established meditation practice and not suitable for beginners.
It is run by Eoin Liebchen-Meades who has nearly 40 years experience
in meditation and has practiced with a wide variety of Buddhist
and other teachers. Eoin has taught meditation for over 15 years
and the style of the discussion and the talks is influenced by
the work of Jason Siff and Recollective Awareness.
There may be some Sundays where
Eoin is away and the group doesn't run. To confirm that the sitting
is on, please email Eoin on eoinlm at gmail.com or call Eoin
or Crissi on 3399 7251 (w).
Introduction to Meditation courses
with Victor von der Heyde
course will run in the beginning of 2013. If you'd like to be
on the list of people who hear when booking open, please contact
us though the DharmaCloud email or phone number below.
This is an eight session course
run in the evenings, one and occasionally two evenings a week
over a period of five or six weeks. The aim of the course is
to give people a good grounding in different styles of meditation.
What is covered is types of mindfulness practice, other more
open styles of meditation, meditations that generate a warm and
kind attitude, and Naikan practice, a method of contemplation.
The course is intended for people who would like to learn an
approach to stress management, or to becoming more calm and grounded,
or who would like tools to see more clearly what sort of inner
landscapes we go through and what sort of options we have in
those landscapes. All the meditation practices come from Buddhism
and while the course will cover some aspects of Buddhism that
relate to meditation, you won't be asked to believe anything.
The course has a maximum number
of 12 people. This allows time for people to talk about their
experience. Much of the course is interactive.
The cost for the eight session
course is $120.
Victor von der Heyde has been
practicing meditation for over thirty years. He studied with
a wide range of teachers in India, Nepal, the US and Australia
and these included Insight Meditation, Zen, Dzogchen and non-aligned
teachers. He has taken dharma teaching roles since the early
1990s and has been leading yatras
since they started in Australia in 2006. His particular interest
is in helping people understand the different types of meditation
so that they're in a position to choose what works for them.
Victor has also completed graduate studies in Social Science,
worked for many years as a counsellor, and is chairman of the
Bodhgaya Development Association, an aid organisation that supports
literacy and self-sufficiency programs in India.
DharmaCloud Library: There is a library for people who come
to DharmaCloud events on a regular basis. It requires a $10 refundable
deposit to become a member. The book catalogue is in two sections:
A to K and L
to Z. There are also tapes, CDs and Buddhist magazines.
DharmaCloud email list: We have an email list for people
who would like to receive occasional emails - very occasional
- of DharmaCloud events. This is just for people in Brisbane
and different from the list used for the quarterly Insight Meditation
News. If you'd like to be on this list, please email us (email
information call (07) 3343-8243 or email