Golden Wattle Sangha
Golden Wattle Sangha is an Insight Meditation (Vipassana) group that has blossomed in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
We meet every Thursday evening at the E J Ward Community Centre, 189 Underwood Street, Paddington at 7pm for a 7:15pm start. If you prefer to sit on a cushion, please bring your own. There are chairs at the venue.
We start again after the holidays on February 2nd 2013.
We usually sit for 45 minutes, followed by a short tea break then either a dharma talk by a teacher or a group discussion. We finish around 9:00pm.
There is a $5 facility fee to cover the cost of hiring the venue, plus dana (whatever you would like to donate) when we have a teacher. On evenings when there is no teacher we discuss our practice, have a discussion led by a group member or occasionally listen to a talk on CD.
Contact: Peter on 0408 118 463
Golden Wattle Sangha – information for newcomers
1. Who are we?
We’re a democratic, secular group which studies Buddhist teachings and how they can be beneficial in our busy lives. We follow the emerging secular Western insight tradition and are guided by the original teachings of the Buddha.
We do not have one regular teacher who leads the group, or any one person who is in charge. We come together to sit in meditation as a group, to learn from the teachings, to support each other and explore our practice together.
2. How do the nights work?
We meet every Thursday evening at the E J Ward Community Centre, 189 Underwood Street, Paddington at 7pm for a 7:15pm start.
We sit in silent meditation for 45 minutes, followed by a short tea break and then we often have a teacher who gives a talk
on an aspect of the Buddha’s teachings (a dharma talk). Golden Wattle teachers are from a range of different backgrounds and have varied approaches. On evenings when there is no teacher we discuss our practice or chapters from Buddhist books or have a discussion led by a group member. Whether or not we have a teacher, there is always the opportunity for questions and discussion and to share our experiences. You are free to interact with the group as much or as little as you like.
We finish at 9:00pm.
3. Does it cost anything?
We each contribute $5 to cover the cost of hiring the Community Centre.
When we have a teacher we follow dana - the practice of generosity through which we offer donations to the teachers; you can
donate any amount you like on top of the $5 facility fee.
4. How can I sit? Can I sit on a chair or on a cushion? Can I move?
You are welcome to sit in whatever way is most comfortable for you. Chairs are available at the centre or you can bring your
own meditation cushion or stool or sit on the floor (which is carpeted). If you become uncomfortable, it’s fine to move during the sit, being mindful to minimise disturbance to others’ practice.
5. Am I expected to come every week?
You are welcome to come as regularly or irregularly as you like.
6. How experienced is the group? How much meditation experience do I need to have to attend?
There are a variety of levels of experience within the group. Some of us have been meditating for decades, other for just
weeks. If you haven’t sat in silent meditation before, we suggest you speak to us before coming along for the first time.
You can call Peter on 0408 118 463.
7. Am I expected to be a Buddhist?
The group explores the Buddha’s teachings but there is no need for you to hold Buddhist beliefs in the religious sense, or to
identify as a Buddhist.
Sit and group discussion at other times.