We offer an extensive programme of Buddhist teachings, meditation, retreats and conferences. Our aim is to provide the opportunity for people to transform their minds and hearts into their highest potential for the benefit of others.
Awareness of death and impermanence is not a morbid affair. It clarifies what are the important things in our life, gives us energy and focus, lightens our daily routines and, most important of all, prepares us for the inevitable.
In this series of classes, we explore how to meditate on specific Buddhist themes through guided meditation, explanation and Q&A in order to gain experiential knowledge of the Buddha's teachings. Full details and rego here.
Date & Time: Saturday 5 September, 2pm-4.30pm
Cost: $30/$27 VI member
Rumination, daydreaming, planning, judgmental thoughts and so on, are often viewed negatively as obstacles to peaceful meditation. Learn how to transform them into allies of your meditation practice.
In this series of workshops, we will discover how to effortlessly cultivate a clarity and stability of awareness in deep meditation without the usual struggle, frustration, and upset over our diverse and seemingly negative meditation experiences. We will also learn to appreciate our meditation is dependent on conditions, and work creatively with whatever arises. Suitable for both beginners and seasoned meditation practitioners.
Full details and rego here.
Date & Time: Sunday 6 September, 10am-3.30pm
Cost: $60/$50 VI member
According to tantric philosophy, as long as you harbor the misconceptions that make you interpret both yourself and the environment negatively and incorrectly there's no way you'll find true happiness. And tantra also contains the methods whereby you can purify yourself of negative projections of yourself and the environment. ~Lama Thubten Yeshe
Discovering Buddhism (DB) is an international structured course within FPMT, comprising 14 modules on specific topics in Buddhism.
In this module, number 13, you will learn what tantra is, how it works and why it is such a powerful form of practice.
You are welcome to attend one or more modules of this course. Each module is structured as an introduction and exploration of its particular topic. Open to all.
Full details and rego here.
Date & Time: Starts Monday 7 September, 7pm-8.30pm; Discussion at 6.30pm
Cost: Course (incl. retreat) $125/$115 VI member. Note: Single DB session: $25/$20
We're always thinking up ways to attract more of you to our beautiful centre and to enhance your engagement with the dharma (as well as just create a bit of a social vibe!). To this end, we've come up with what we think is a brilliant idea, to start up our very own Dharma Book club.
If you're familiar with book clubs, you'll know the drill. Having read the chosen book, members then attend an informal meeting once every four to five weeks to discuss its contents, drink tea and eat goodies.
So that's what we're now offering here at VI. Our first book is the The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie. I've read it and I guarantee, cat-loving Buddhists will adore it!
|Sat Sep 05 @ 2:00PM - 04:30PM|
How to Meditate on the Stages of the Path (Lam-Rim)
|Sun Sep 06 @10:00AM - 11:15AM|
Dharma for Kids
|Sun Sep 06 @10:00AM - 03:30PM|
Enter Deep Meditation Effortlessly Workshop
|Mon Sep 07 @ 6:00PM - |
|Mon Sep 07 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM|
|Mon Sep 07 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM|
DB: Introduction to Tantra
|Tue Sep 08 @10:00AM - 11:00AM|
Meditation for Parents with Bubs
|Tue Sep 08 @11:00AM - 12:30PM|
A Morning of Meditation
|Tue Sep 08 @ 5:50PM - 06:50PM|
|Tue Sep 08 @ 7:00PM - 08:30PM|
Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend