This group gives people the opportunity to learn meditation and to hear a Dhamma talk, from the senior monks, during the week and in a location south of the river. The group was first started by the Society in 1987 in Gosnells. It has continued weekly since then and now meets in Armadale, (about 35 minutes drive south from Perth City centre). Here are the details:
Meets every Tuesday evening, all year. If at Christmas and New Year, a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, we are closed.
Starts at 7.00 pm. Finishes at 8.30/8.40 pm.
Some nights the room fills very quickly, (especially when Ajahn Brahm is teaching), and you will need to be there early to get in.
There is a limit to the number of people we are allowed to fit into the room and the doors are locked once we have reached our limit irrespective of what the time is No one is admitted after that. As a general guide we suggest you arrive no later than 6.50pm.
Community Health Building,
Armadale Health Campus (formerly Armadale-Kelmscott Hospital),
If you are coming south down Albany Highway towards Armadale, it is on the left after the Brookton Highway traffic lights and Echo Road. There are large signposts on Albany Highway indicating the Hospital and the Emergency centre.
- Go in the Armadale Health Campus entrance off Albany Highway.
- Once through the gates turn immediately right.
- Community Health is the first building immediately on the right, it is a small brick building.
- It is easy to find.
- Go in through the main doors and turn left, the room is down the main corridor.
We are the only people who use the building on a Tuesday night so follow the crowds! (Do not go up to the hospital - you've gone too far.)
There is free car parking, in a well-lit car park, right outside
It is FREE (Donations are welcome but are not requested.)
What to expect
It is informal and relaxed. We are a friendly bunch of people and will help you if you are new to the group to know what to do and to feel comfortable. You will be asked to take off your shoes before entering the room but otherwise it is a normal seminar room.
There is no need to bring anything. We sit mainly on chairs that are provided. You are welcome to sit on stools or cushions and we provide a small number of these but it is best to bring your own. No, you don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor!
Level of experience
The group is for people who have never meditated before and for experienced meditators. We get brand new meditators most nights, so you can join us any time. If you have never meditated before you will be taught what to do. Experienced meditators are also welcome and a small group of us have meditated with the group for years.
The same people do not necessarily join us each week - they come on whichever Tuesdays they wish without having to commit to any particular nights. You do not have to attend a series of weekly sessions nor do you need to attend regularly - just as often as you wish or are able. We do suggest, at first, that if possible, that you come for 4 or 5 weeks in a row to give yourself a chance of getting the hang of it all and to experience the different teachers and ways of meditating. Meditation is not one of those skills that you usually learn in one night but that gradually develops over time. We would of course be delighted if you came regularly!
Background of the participants
The group is run by the Society and the evenings have a distinct Buddhist flavour. However, many people who come aren't Buddhists and come from other religious backgrounds or have no interest in religion - they just want to learn to meditate. People from any background are welcome. A minority are long time Buddhists.
Why people come along
People come to the group for different reasons. For example, we have those who have been sent by their doctor for health reasons, others who find it easier to meditate in a group than to meditate at home, others who are on a spiritual path and interested in Buddhism, and others who are stressed, unhappy or have had a trauma and who want to find more peace of mind.
All ages are welcome, at present the range is approximately 9 - 86 years.
Both men and women attend.
Numbers are usually around 50 - 60 most weeks.
Bookings are not required or taken. It is on a first come-first served basis. The first 60 people get in.
We have the benefit of having several different, excellent and highly experienced teachers at the group. We are honoured to have senior monks from Bodhinyana Buddhist monastery in Serpentine as our teachers for 9 months of the year. The senior monk and Abbot of the monastery, Ajahn Brahm, teaches regularly at the group, approximately once a month. When the monks all go on retreat for three months, (approximately between mid-July to mid-October), senior members of the group and the Buddhist Society of WA, and other visiting teachers, continue with the talks and teaching. During this time we usually run at least one four week beginner's programme.
Series one: Beginner's 4 week meditation course to overcome anxiety and stress: 19th July 2016 - 9th August 2016
The sessions will be conducted by Rachel Green, who has had a regular meditation practice for 29 years and cured herself of panic attacks using methods such as meditation. You will be taught four different types of meditation.
19th July: Beginner's meditation course to overcome anxiety and stress: - Introduction to meditation - What is it and how do I do it? Guided meditation: Eating meditation to calm the mind.
26th July: Beginner's meditation course to overcome anxiety and stress: - Week 2: What are the benefits of meditation. Guided meditation: Body scan and walking meditation to reduce restlessness and tension.
2nd August: Beginner's meditation course to overcome anxiety and stress: - Week 3 – How to reduce my anxiety and stress. Guided meditation: Mantra meditation for better sleep and more peace.
9th August: Beginner's meditation course to overcome anxiety and stress: - How can I build it into my life to reduce my suffering? Guided meditation: Breath meditation to settle worry and stress.
People are asked to attend all four sessions as each one builds on the previous one.
Series two: A 4 week breath meditation course to ease pain, cope with illness & improve people's health: 16th August - 6th September 2016
A first! We are holding a brand new four-session beginner's meditation course on how to use meditation to reduce pain and the suffering of illness.
The sessions will be conducted by four different speakers. Each one will teach breath meditation as well as talking about the health aspects.
16 August: Breath meditation to improve health, week 1: Matt Gibson (Group member) - Overcoming health issues & making peace with illness.
23 August: Breath Meditation to improve health: week 2: Pauline Shield (Visiting teacher) - Managing the pain of arthritis and other health issues. (Followed by a chocolate cake social.)
30 August: Breath meditation to improve health: week 3: Bob Steele (Group member) - Managing chronic back pain and other health issues.
6 September: Breath meditation to improve health: week 4: Sol Hanna (Visiting teacher) - Managing the problems of sudden hearing loss and other health issues.
It is free and people are asked to attend all 4 sessions as each one builds on the previous one.
Series three: A rare 4 week loving-kindness meditation course to develop positive self-esteem, emotional well-being and happier relationships: 13th September 2016 - 4th October 2016.
A four-week beginner's meditation course on how to use loving-kindness meditation to build self-esteem, better relationships and emotional well-being. Such a course is very rarely available in Western Australia.
Loving-kindness meditation has recently attracted a lot of positive attention in the scientific literature. There is mounting evidence that it increases life satisfaction, improves heart health, decreases anxiety and depression, and has other benefits for our relationships and sense of well-being. It will be taught by Rachel Green. Loving-kindness meditation has been her main meditation practice for many years.
13 September: 4 week loving-kindness course: week 1: Introduction to loving-kindness meditation - What it is and how to do it. Guided meditation on loving-kindness to improve self-esteem.
20 September: 4 week loving-kindness course: week 2: Introduction to loving-kindness meditation - The physical and emotional health benefits of loving-kindness. Guided meditation on loving-kindness to improve health and reduce pain.
27 September: 4 week loving-kindness course: week 3: Introduction to loving-kindness meditation - Improving your relationships with loving-kindness. Guided meditation on loving-kindness to reduce frustration (at work and home).
4 October: 4 week loving-kindness course: week 4: Introduction to loving-kindness meditation - Healing anger, resentment and bitterness from the past. Guided meditation on loving-kindness for others.
People are asked to attend all 4 sessions as each one builds on the previous one.
You will practice different forms of Buddhist meditation. Meditation on the breath is commonly taught as is loving kindness meditation (Metta), body scan meditation and mantra meditation. There are no physical exercises such as stretching or yoga involved.
The usual programme is approximately as follows:
- 7.00pm: Chanting in English, (you are given the words and may join in or just listen, as you wish).
- 7.05 - 7.30: Introductory talk on meditation, e.g. what meditation is, how to meditate, and the benefits of meditation.
- 7.30 - 8.00: Guided meditation - we are told what to do during the meditation.
- 8.00 - 8.30: A short talk, plus questions and answers.
- 8.30/8.40 pm: Notices and close.
Some evenings, about every 6 weeks, we stay behind until 9pm to socialise and have drinks and refreshments. Everyone is most welcome. We look forward to having you join us.