Insight Meditation - Brisbane
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
26 February to 7 May 2023
21 May to 30 July 2023
20 August to 22 October 2023
These will be a
once-a-week online course for people who
have a mindfulness practice and who
ideally have done some retreats. They will
run for 10 weeks with one gap week in the
middle. The courses 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 dependent arising.
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 give dana.
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