Victor von der Heyde

has been practising meditation for thirty five years. His main teachers have been Rob Burbea from Gaia House in the UK, and Toni Packer in the US. He has also practised with Joseph Goldstein, Aitken Roshi, Joko Beck, Stephen and Martine Batchelor, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and others. He  has spent over two years in silent retreats and has taken dharma teaching roles since the mid 1990s. Victor has an interest helping people understand the varieties of meditation so that they're in a position to choose what works for them. He has had a long-term focus on environmental ethics, spent two decades helping manage a small overseas aid organisation, trained in Gestalt Therapy, completed graduate studies in counselling and worked for many years as a counsellor.


Teaching schedule 2019


24th February: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane Experimenting with types of focus and tone in meditation practice.

31st March: Southern Highlands Sangha Bundanoon: Dependent Arising in the Everyday World

7th April: Sydney Insight Meditators (not yet on website), Hut of the Happy Omen, Cheltenham, Sydney. 9:30- 2:00pm Topic: Climate Dharma, Late last year four senior Insight Teachers in the UK, all Gaia House teachers, took part in civil disobedience actions to call for a more urgent response to climate change and to the loss of species. One got arrested. We’ll look at their varied thoughts and motivations; at other responses to climate change; at the sense of resignation, and at how dharma teachings might guide us.

15th April: Bluegum Sangha, North Sydney: What contributes to a nourishing and sustainable meditation practice - Part 1

18th April: Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction Dependent Arising in the Everyday World

22nd April: Bluegum Sangha, North Sydney: What contributes to a nourishing and sustainable meditation practice - Part 2

1st June: Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre, Springwood, Qld, Saturday morning program

9th June: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 1

22nd June: Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre, Springwood, Qld, Saturday morning program

23rd June
: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane
   Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 2


30th June:
Hut of the Happy Omen, Cheltenham, Sydney Soulfulness and the Middle Way

4th July: Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 1

22nd July
: Bluegum Sangha, Don Bank Museum, North Sydney Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 1

25th July: Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 2

5 August
: Bluegum Sangha, Don Bank Museum, North Sydney Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 2 (Felt responses)

11th August: Hut of the Happy Omen, Cheltenham, Sydney Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 2 (Felt responses)

1st September: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 3 (Active community responses, exploring our ideas of dukkha and harm)

8th September: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane Climate Breakdown and the Dharma - Part 4 (Individual footprints and legacy and the challenges involved).

15th September: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane, with Lulu Cook. Question and Answer session.


Audio recordings

2019


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


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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