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 website.

A related weekly Insight Meditation group, the Heart Insight group, currently meets on Thursday nights in Woolloongabba, and on Sunday nights online. 

Winter Samadhi Series

with Victor von der Heyde
3rd and 17th June, 1st and 15th July 2021.

Run through the Heart Insight Group, meeting on Thursday nights at Mindful Psychology, 5/6 Qualtrough Street, Woolloongabba,
6:45 for a 7pm start, finish at 8:30.
No need to book, just turn up. Bring a cushion or meditation bench.

Samadhi is one element of the Noble Eightfold Path. It often gets less attention than mindfulness. The intent with these sessions is to give suggestions and some guidance in samadhi practices for people who already have a meditation practice. The view of samadhi taken in these sessions is that is doesn’t need to have a sharp one-pointed focus, it doesn’t need to be translated as “concentration”. It can be broader and much more accessible to people.  

The first session will be an overview, an introduction with basic practice suggestions and an outline of how samadhi practice can be used.  Following sessions will either develop the basic practices or go into other ways to move into samadhi states. There’ll be some intermittent practice suggestions in the first sitting each session and a period to talk about what happened or didn’t happen when people tried the practices. The last sitting, probably around 30 minutes, will be in silence.

If there’s interest there’ll be a dyad practice one evening, just for people who choose to participate.

There is off-street parking. Enter through the main entrance and go up the stairs on the left. The sitting room is on the first floor.

There will be a box or bowl for dana.

Victor has been a visiting Heart Insight teacher for the last 9 years. He teaches at groups in Sydney, leads yatras and retreats and runs online courses. His main influence for samadhi practices was Rob Burbea, the English writer, climate activist and much-loved resident teacher of Gaia House

2021 Seeing That Frees:
Insight Ways of Looking, Dependent Arising and Emptiness practices - Course 2

DharmaCloud and Sydney Insight Meditators online course

Sunday evenings, 27 June to 30 August 2021

Fully booked, waiting list only

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 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.

 For further information email

The DharmaCloud Library
is currently at the Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre. It's available on their practice days and at other times by arrangement.

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

DharmaCloud 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.

For further information call (07) 3343-8243, (02) 9427-3605 or email home