Victor von der Heyde

has been practising meditation for over thirty years. He studied with a wide range of Dharma teachers in India, Nepal, the US, UK and Australia and has spent over two years in silent retreats. He has taken Dharma teaching roles since the mid 1990s and has as interests in engaged Buddhist practice and helping people understand the different types of meditation so that they're in a position to choose what works for them. Victor worked for many years as a counsellor.



Teaching schedule 2017

21st February: Bluegum Sangha, Neutral Bay, Sydney: Longer retreats: a personal story

2nd March: Beaches Sangha, Northern Beaches, Sydney: Soulfulness and Stress

th March: Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction, Sydney: Soulfulness and Stress

21st March: Bluegum Sangha, Neutral Bay, Sydney: Soulfulness and Stress

23rd April: Heart Insight Meditation Group, Brisbane: Friendship as part of Practice

30th April: Heart Insight Meditation Group, Brisbane: Our Attitudes to People We Don't Know

7th May: Heart Insight Meditation Group, Brisbane:Exploring our Attitudes to Nature

24th to 31st May: Insight Meditation: Finding Your Own Way retreat, with Lizzie Turnbull, at Springbrook, on the Gold Coast hinterland. We'll be covering somatic and imaginal practices, compassion meditations, ways of settling the discursive mind, energy body awareness and meditations that help us deconstruct the way we take in the world. Suitable for both new and experienced meditators. More experienced meditators have the option of making it a largely solitary retreat. Bookings now open. Registration form here.

11th June (Sunday): Morning of practice with shared lunch at Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre, 223 Dennis Road, Springwood (about 25 to 30 minutes drive south from Brisbane city centre). Arrive between 9:00 and 9:20 for a 9:30 start. There are chairs and some cushions and mats in the meditation hall but if you have your own sitting gear, you might like to bring that. No need to book, please bring a plate for the shared lunch. Lunch will be at 1:00. There'll be three sittings in the morning, half hour breaks for walking meditation and/or tea, and a short talk on "experimenting with the balance of focus and tone in practice".

25th June to 30th July: Six week intermediate level Sunday evening course in Crows Nest, Sydney, called Refining Practice, Refining Views. Run through SIM (Sydney Insight Meditators). Week 1: Our sense of myth and the dharma; Week 2: Insight and samadhi; Week 3: Mindfulness and the energy body; Week 4: Shifting views of metta and mudita: Week 5: Passion and the path; Week 6: Emptiness.

29th June: Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Juntion: Solitary Retreats, a Personal Story

8th to 15th October: Dharma Yatra, with Ronny Hickel: Nightcap National Park and surrounds. Bookings will open around three months beforehand.


Audio recordings

2017

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


2016

Eros and Practice - Part 1, 5th June, Heart Insight Group, 23 mins

Eros and Practice - part 2, 12th June, Heart Insight Group, 24 mins

 2015

Common Places where Practitioners Hang their Hat, 15th March, Heart Insight Group, 36 mins

Ethics: Engaged or Marginalised?, 29th March, Heart Insight Group, 33 mins


2014

Reflections on Recollective Awareness, 27th May, Bluegum Sangha, 34 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


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