Insight Meditation -
DharmaCloud is an Insight Meditation
group which presents and supports Western Buddhist
teachings. It runs occasional Insight Meditation
courses, practice days and retreats. It has been
running Buddhist programs since 1995. An overview of
past retreats and workshops is listed here.
DharmaCloud also provides a listing of other
Insight Meditation groups and retreats in
Australia through the www.dharma.org.au
A related weekly
Insight Meditation group, the Heart
Insight group, currently meets on Thursday
nights in Woolloongabba, and on Sunday nights
Seeing That Frees:
Ways of Looking, Dependent Arising and
and Sydney Insight Meditators online course
27 March - 29 May 2022
This will be a once-a-week online course
for people who have a mindfulness practice and
who ideally have done some retreats. It
will run for 10 weeks. The course will cover
practices given by Rob Burbea (1965 - 2020),
the pioneering and much loved Gaia House
resident teacher. These practice are
designed to help understand the deeper
teachings of the Buddha. There’s a framework
to understand the Path that will be outlined
over the weeks as the course progresses.
We’ll cover basic samadhi;
practices that lead to us being less bound
up; how we can use insights that might
otherwise fade away; ways of working with the
three characteristic (dukkha, anicca, anatta)
and understandings of emptiness/shunyata and
The program is based on the first half of Rob
Burbea’s book Seeing That Frees: Meditations
on Emptiness and Dependent Arising. The aim of
the course is to give people familiarity
with a range of meditation practices so
they can choose what works best for them.
Teacher: Victor von der Heyde. Victor has been
involved in dharma practice for over 35 years
and has taken teaching roles since the mid
1990s. He was a student of Rob Burbea from
2012 to 2020.
Format of each session. There will be a
check-in period in each session, generally
related to the practices given in the previous
week. There’ll be a talk, around 30 minutes,
then time for questions and discussion. Each
session is expected to last between an hour
and an hour and a half. There will be
some reading sent each week, but always less
than 15 pages.
Cost: There is a $30 registration cost.
Towards the end there’ll be an opportunity to
Continuity / Expectations: The course will
develop themes that build on each other week
by week. It’s best if you try not to miss
sessions. The course is meant for people who
have the time and inclination to practise the
meditations between sessions.
Course times: 7:30 - 9:00 pm on a Sunday
evenings, NSW time.
The DharmaCloud Library is currently at
Chan Meditation Centre. It's available on
their practice days and at other times by
There are audio recordings of the
2012 DharmaCloud retreat led by Stephen and
Martine Batchelor at the Sine Cera Retreat Centre
in Northern NSW. The retreat was called Self, Consciousness and
Namarupa: A Study Retreat
email list: We have an email list for people who
would like to receive occasional emails - very
occasional - of DharmaCloud events. This is a
separate from the list for the Australia-wide
quarterly Insight Meditation News. If you'd like
to be on the DharmaCloud list, please email us
(email address below).
DharmaCloud is an
unincorporated not-for-profit association,
registered with the Australian Charities and
Not-for-profits Commission. It is supported
by a small group of volunteers. All programs are
run on a dana basis.
There is a constitution
which outlines the operation of the group.
further information call (07) 3343-8243, (02)
9427-3605 or email