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

16th August - 4th Parami Wisdom


Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand. She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men’s prison.  She is currently a student in the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.  She is also an Insight Dialogue teacher in training under the guidance of Gregory Kramer and Mary Burns.  Currently, she divides her time between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching vipassana and brahma vihara retreats and offering ongoing study and practice groups focused on bringing the dharma into daily life.

27 September - Jane Crancher

jane crancher.jpgJane is the Co-ordinator of the Amitabha Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist centre in Waitara. She has been a student of His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche, the centre’s spiritual Director, for over 20 years, and has also studied with other eminent Masters. She was given the robes of a “Yogini” – a lay practitioner, teacher and practice leader – by her teacher in 2013.Jane holds qualifications in psychology and acupuncture, and has worked in counselling, community health, the criminal justice system, and human rights. These days she primarily works voluntarily at the Amitabha Foundation, while also maintaining a small private acupuncture practice. Her passion is to try and make the powerful Tibetan Buddhist traditions accessible and meaningful to anyone, including those following other traditions, without compromising their authenticity.

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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