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
with Victor von der Heyde
3rd and 17th June, 1st and 15th July
Run through the Heart
Insight Group, meeting on Thursday
nights at Mindful Psychology, 5/6 Qualtrough
6:45 for a 7pm start, finish at 8:30.
No need to book, just turn up. Bring a cushion
or meditation bench.
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
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
There will be a box or bowl for dana.
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.
Seeing That Frees:
Ways of Looking, Dependent Arising and
Emptiness practices - Course 2
and Sydney Insight Meditators online course
Sunday evenings, 27 June to 30 August 2021
Fully booked, waiting
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