Meditation & Yoga at Sangha Lodge

Monday Nights - Silent Meditation

A silent group meditation session is held every Monday night (except for public holidays.

The session begins at 7.30 pm and runs for 55 minutes. There is no teaching or guidance, just silent practice. All welcome. Previous experience in silent sitting would be beneficial

Session times: Every Monday from 7.30pm

Cost: Free or by donation

Attendance: drop-in or week to week

Wednesday Nights - Teaching and Meditation

Buddhist teachings and meditation practice

The primary weekly activity at Sangha Lodge is the Wednesday night Dhamma talk (Buddhist teachings) and meditation practice. Dhamma talks are focused on aspects Buddhism and Buddhist practice, and are usually conducted by our Spiritual Teacher Ven Tejadhammo, but from time to time may be conducted by a guest speaker (see the schedule below). The talk is then followed by a silent meditation of around 20 minutes. All welcome, no previous experience necessary.

Session times: Every Wednesday from 7.30 - 9pm

Cost: Free or by donation

Attendance: drop-in or week to week

Guest Speakers

A guest speaker is either a lay teacher or a monk or nun from any of the primary Buddhist traditions. There is usually a guest teacher every month.


 
Feb 21 - Ven Chokyi: Dharma in Prison transforming minds
Liberation Prison Project has been working in prisons worldwide since 1996 and we have a number of Dharma and meditation programs to help men and women transform their lives through Dharma. Our prisoner students change from being self-centred to other centred and are practising in the harshest of conditions. They and our team of volunteer Dharma mentors demonstrate the power of Dharma practice and study has a profound impact not only on their own lives, but the prison environment and broader community. Theirs is a truly engaged Buddhism.
 
Feb 28 - Ven Chokyi: 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life
Lama Yeshe, founder of FPMT [The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition] was incredibly visionary and suggested we need to develop programs that don’t use the ‘r’ word [religion]. The 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life is one such program, based on fundamental values and ethics we can all embrace in daily life. The 16 Guidelines gives us a set of tools for developing empathy, compassion and resilience in daily life, in our relationships, our community and within ourselves.

 Ven_Chokyi_port_150.jpgVen Chokyi is the Spiritual Program Coordinator for Vajrayana Institute where she teaches introductory Dharma courses. Chokyi is the Director of the Liberation Prison Project, a social services project affiliated to FPMT that offers spiritual advice and teachings, as well as books and materials, to men and women in prison around the world interested in exploring, studying and practising Buddhism. Ven Chokyi is a member of the Women’s Interfaith Network in Sydney.

 

 


Tuesdays and Thursday evenings - Yoga

Dru Yoga with Sue Toohey

At Sangha Lodge we practice the gentle but powerful Dru yoga that is suitable for all bodies and all levels of fitness. With its emphasis on soft flowing movements Dru yoga can help increase energy, reduce pain and wash away stress. Even difficult looking postures can be modified so that anyone can do them. A consistent yoga practice will make you stronger and more flexible and you'll be able to move more easily. Yoga will lift your mood and has been shown to benefit many chronic illnesses.

Practicing the yoga postures allow us to meditate on the body in action and gain a profound understanding and knowledge of its nature. We develop a deep appreciation for the miraculous way in which the body functions and at the same time we become less attached to fixed ideas about the way the body should look and be.

Your teacher, Sue Toohey, is a fully qualified member of the International Yoga Teachers' Association.

Our practice space is limited so it's best to call before attending class for the first time (0421 973 785)

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

Cost: Casual class $15 ($13 concession) or 5 classes for $65 ($50 concession). Part of your class fees goes to help support Sangha Lodge.

Attendance: By enrolment. To enrol call Sue on 9660 4448 or 0421 973 785

First Sunday of the month - Dana Day

Dana Days are where the AEB community come together to share food (as an offering of Dana, or generosity) and listen to a talk by the spiritual teacher. Some Dana Days celebrate dates on the Buddhist calendar.

Dana Days are held on the first Sunday of the month at Sangha Lodge. Bring along a plate of food as your offer of Dana.

When: First Sunday of each month, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Cost: Free or by donation

Attendance: drop-in

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