Meditation in Brisbane
DharmaCloud runs introductory meditation courses,
hosts occasional Sunday morning meditation sessions, and offers
occasional meditation retreats.
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
Meditation retreat: Wednesday
31st July to Wednesday 7th August, 2013
Meditation: Finding your own Way
with Victor von der Heyde and
Springbrook, SE Qld
In this retreat you'll have the opportunity to experiment with
different approaches to meditation and find what works best for
you. Instead of a set practice, there'll be a variety of practices
offered and discussion of different styles or directions one
can take. You'll have the freedom to use an approach you're familiar
with, or try something new. The retreat is an opportunity to
develop trust and confidence in your own unfolding practice.
Practices will include self-compassion,
bringing a sense of warmth and care to mindfulness practice,
working with the somatic/emotional body, ways of settling the
discursive mind, working with desire in meditation, and just
sitting with no goal in mind.
This retreat will follow the
common Insight Meditation format of silence, sitting periods,
breaks, dharma talks and individual interviews. It's suitable
for both new and experienced meditators. More experienced meditators
who already have an established practice will have the option
of doing a largely solitary retreat with little teacher contact
while having the support of a retreat environment.
von der Heyde has
been practicing meditation for over thirty years. He studied
with a wide range of teachers in India, Nepal, the US, the UK
and Australia and these included Insight Meditation, Zen, 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. Victor worked for many years as a counsellor
and is chair of the Bodhgaya Development Association, an aid
organisation that supports literacy and self-sufficiency programs
Lizzie Turnbull has been studying and practising Buddhism
since 1985 beginning in the Vajrayana tradition and then in Zen
and Western Insight, encountering a number of teachers along
the way. She began teaching Insight meditation retreats in 2010.
For many years she has been interested in integrating the Buddha
Dharma into the areas of the social sciences and psychotherapy.
Lizzie was a director of Somatics Body Oriented Psychotherapy
Training in Sydney and now teaches and supervises on the Australian
Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists (AABCAP)
professional training programme in Buddhism and Psychotherapy.
She has a private practice in the Byron Shire.
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
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information call (07) 3343-8243 or email