Meditation for Beginners
Thursday 18 April @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Short 4-week course where everyone can learn to relax and practice the many meditation techniques available to us. Discover how to sit comfortably, overcome distractions, and bring an inner calm to daily life.
Want to meditate but unsure where to start? Have a regular meditation practice but want to go deeper? Heard of various meditation but wondering how we apply them to daily life? Experience the many benefits and profound purpose of meditation in this popular beginner’s course.
– What meditation is and what it is for
– How to sit comfortably (chair or floor)
– Practical techniques to counter drowsiness and distraction
– Meditations to calm and inspire
– How to structure a meditation session
– Tips to maintain a steady practice in the face of life’s ups and downs
This short 4-week course is ideal for beginners unsure where to get started, as well as newcomers wanting to stabilise their practice. It’s a great way to receive on-going instruction, check in how you are going, and the support of week-to-week instruction and encouragement on your new meditation practice! Come along and enjoy the peaceful ambiance of our meditation hall, and the company of like-minded practitioners.
You will be intoriduced to different meditations throughout the course including:
– Breathing meditations such as counting the breath and nine-round breathing
– Mindfulness meditations such as bare attention, mind like the sky, and mind like the ocean
– Visualisation meditations such as body of light and purification with light
– Analytical meditations, such as cultivating equanimity and transforming negative experiences into positive ones
The meditations can be used in all traditions, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist, and there is no expectation that you become a Buddhist. Each class will include a short guided meditation, personal instruction, and plenty of time for questions.
Linda McDonaldRegistered FPMT Teacher
Linda has a gentle, clear, and no-nonsense approach. Her unassuming manner means people are encouraged not intimidated. She brings a natural interest and insight to the teachings that help people, especially newcomers, to connect in a meaningful way. Linda has over over a decade of meditation practice and study, including intensive retreats. Linda anchors the theory in clear explanations and lived experience.
You can make your donation now online, or when you arrive on the on the day (with cash or card). Most people offer $10-$20 for a class, but there is no set amount, please offer what you are comfortable with!
* HARDCOPY notes for the course are available with all the meditations and readings (by donation)
“Buddhist meditation doesn’t necessarily mean sitting cross-legged with your eyes closed. Simply observing how your mind is responding to the sense world can be a really perfect meditation and bring a perfect result.”– Lama Thubten Yeshe
“Without understanding how your inner nature evolves, how can you possibly discover eternal happiness? Where is eternal happiness? It’s not in the sky or in the jungle; you won’t find it in the air or under the ground. Everlasting happiness is within you, within your psyche, your consciousness, your mind. That’s why it’s important that you investigate the nature of your own mind.”– Lama Thubten Yeshe