Introduction to Buddhist Thoughts & Practices
- Location : Buddhist Library
- Start Date and Time : 02/10/2018 07:00 pm
- Finish Date and Time : 11/10/2018 08:30 pm
- Event Speaker : Grahame White
- Enquiries or Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org 02 9519 6054
- Organising Entity : Buddhist Library
In this four-week course we will be exploring some of the important teachings and meditation practices given to help us understand our own minds. Each night there will be a short course on the theory behind the meditation practice. This will be followed by a practice period, including Vipassana (Mindfulness) Meditation and Metta (Loving Kindness) Meditation. The night will end with a Q&A period. Please note this course will be split into two, two-week blocks. See dates below. This course will be suitable for both beginners and those with meditation experience.
Tuesday Evenings 4 weeks class
Block 1: Tuesday October 2nd & 9th
Block 2: Tuesday December 4th & 11th
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
About the teacher:
Grahame has been involved in Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in BodhGaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center. He currently leads introductory and day-long courses in Sydney and Wollongong, and also regularly teaches longer intensive retreats in the United States. Grahame has also helped pioneer a workshop format of teaching that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. He teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.
All Sessions by Dana (donation).
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The teachings flourish in an atmosphere of generosity and gratitude, and these qualities in turn support the growth of wisdom and compassion in the practitioner. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a specified fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course (e.g., administrative & venue costs).