13 April 2021
20 April 2021
27 April 2021
4 May 2021
At the heart of Buddha’s teaching, which he described as a “path to come out of conflict and stress”, is a practice known as Satipitthana Vipassana (Mindfulness meditation). Satipitthana is a Pali word translated as “The four foundations of mindfulness”.
These four are listed as; Mindfulness of the Body, Feelings, Mind and Mind Qualities. These four are a process of activity which when cultivated, bring about a greater awareness and understanding in our minds.
The aim of this four week course is for participants to get to know well these four foundations of mindfulness. Instruction, explanation and periods of meditation practice will be given, utilising a different one of the four each week. By the end of the course participants should have a good understanding and reliable practice, which will be useful in navigating the ups and down of everyday life.
This course will be suitable for both experienced meditators as well as newcomers to Vipassana meditation.
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 are by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give helps to maintain the Library and allows it to offer more teachings on the Dhamma so that others may benefit in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dhamma.