Victor von der Heyde

has been practising meditation for thirty five years.  He's spent over two years in total in silent retreats and has taken dharma teaching roles since the mid 1990s. He was co-founder of Sydney Insight Meditators and of the Bodhgaya Development Association. He also trained in Gestalt Therapy and worked for years as a counsellor.

He writes: These days my passions in teaching - and practice - include exploring the various responses to climate breakdown, and the ways that we get often stuck with particular concepts of self and world. And stuck with particular meditation practices. My intention is to open up freeing and soulful possibilities for people.



Teaching schedule 2022 - 2023



27 FebruarySydney Insight Meditators: Hut of the Happy Omen: morning practice and lunch. 9:30am-1:45pm. Theme: Samadhi Practice - Part 1

28 February: Bluegum Sangha, North Sydney: Types of meditation - Part 1

27 March:
Sydney Insight Meditators: Hut of the Happy Omen: morning practice and lunch. 9:30am-1:45pm. Theme: Samadhi Practice - Part 2

27 March - 29 May: Sydney Insight Meditators / DharmaCloud: Seeing That Frees: Emptiness and Dependent Arising. 10 week online course

28 March: Bluegum Sangha, North Sydney: Types of meditation - Part 2

31 March: Golden Wattle Sangha, Paddington: samadhi

7 May: Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre, Springwood, Brisbane: What is a beautiful life?

19 June - 28 August: Sydney Insight Meditators / DharmaCloud: Seeing That Frees: Emptiness and Dependent Arising. 10 week online course.

9 June
: Association of Engaged Buddhists:  What is a Beautiful Life?

16 June: Association of Engaged Buddhists: Climate and Dharma, being part of a sacrifice, how could we respond?

16 - 17 July: Rockhampton Insight Meditation workshop: Samadhi and Insight

7 November: Bluegum Sangha, North Sydney

21 November: Bluegum Sangha, North Sydney

5 - 12 December: Sydney Insight Meditators, High Country Walking Retreat, Charlotte Pass, Kosciuszko National Park, teaching with Suzie Brown.  Fully booked but places on waiting list.

31 December - 1 January: Sydney Insight Meditators, Samadhi and Insight workshop, Hut of the Happy Omen, Cheltenham, bookings not yet open

12 - 19 March 2023: Sydney Insight Meditators, Seeing That Frees retreat, Chakola, Kangaroo Valley, bookings not yet open









Audio recordings

2022

Rockhampton Samadhi and Insight workshop, 16 - 17 July

Samadhi and Insight: Introduction
27 mins
Body field (energy body): guided meditation
27 mins
Further comments on samadhi, intro to metta
12 mins
Metta to phenomena: guided meditation
32 mins
Samadhi and the sense of push and pull
11 mins
Tightness in meditation, not being hard on yourself
4 mins
Using imagery with breath practice: guided meditation
20 mins
Fabrication and anicca
22 mins
Anicca: guided meditation
31 mins
Anicca contemplation
16 mins
Welcoming and allowing practice: introduction
11 mins
Welcoming and allowing: guided meditation
28 mins
Anatta: guided meditation
28 mins

Dharma and Climate: being part of a sacrifice, how could we respond?
We’re part of a culture that is sacrificing a stable climate and the well-being of future generations for short term gain, short term convenience and pleasures. There's ongoing questions as to what values we hold and what we do to honour those values.
16th July 2022, Association of Engaged Buddhists, 33 mins


2021

Buddhism for our time and the Secular School 16th August 2021, Bluegum Sangha

Metta to Phenomena - Guided Meditation 16th August 2021, Bluegum Sangha


2020

Question on clinging and dukkha 14th September 2020, asked at Bluegum Sangha 8 minutes

Climate Breakdown and the Dharma 14th September 2020, Bluegum Sangha, clip from short introduction, 14 mins.

2019


Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 4, 8th September 2019, Heart Insight Group, Brisbane, 26 mins (Minimising harm and effectiveness in social and political movements and actions).

Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 3, 1st September 2019, Heart Insight Group, Brisbane, 21 mins (Covers dukkha in relation to what’s happening to the earth, views that are behind the crisis, age of separation, human supremacy, a commitment: letting go of unhelpful views, climate change nihilism, climate awakening.)

Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 2 (Felt Responses), 5th August, Bluegum Sangha, North Sydney, 33 mins

Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 1, 9th June 2019, Heart Insight Group, Brisbane, 36 mins

Friendships, Influence, The Dependent Nature of our Views and Sense of Entitlement, 18th April, 2019, Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction, Sydney, 19 mins


2018

Working with Desire and Wanting, 6th December 2018, Hut of the Happy Omen, 26 mins

Working with Emotions and related Mind States, 14th January 2018, Heart Insight Group, 27 mins

2017

Shifting views of Metta and Mudita, 16th July 2017, Intermediate Level course


2015

Ethics: Engaged or Marginalised?, 29th March, Heart Insight Group, 28 mins


2013

Ethics, Climate Change and Practice  2nd April, Bluegum Sangha, 53 mins.

Attitudes to practice: Factors that contribute to different attitudes and how our attitude can influence what happens (part 1)  19th May, Heart Insight Group, Brisbane, 27 mins

Attitudes to practice: Factors that contribute to different attitudes and how our attitude can influence what happens (part 2)  26th May, Heart Insight Group, Brisbane, 30 mins

Ethics, Climate Change and Practice - Part 1  16th June, Heart Insight Group, 43 mins

Ethics, Climate Change and Practice - Part 2  23rd June, Heart Insight Group, 36 mins

Ethics, Climate Change and Practice - Part 3  30th June, Heart Insight Group, 19 mins


Essay

Climate Change, Ethics and the Field of Greed (2013)




 




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