Stephen & Martine Batchelor Sydney 4 day workshop
Stephen and Martine Batchelor will be presenting a four day non-residential workshop in Sydney. This workshop is open to anyone interested in meditation, the teachings of the Buddha and the exploration of the Dharma. The workshop include teachings, meditation practice, discussion and questions.
FRIDAY - Stephen Batchelor - Embrace Life: A Secular Approach to the Dharma: This day of reflection and meditation will explore how Buddhist practice can facilitate a fully integrated ethical, contemplative and philosophical life without any need for metaphysical beliefs.
SATURDAY - Stephen Batchelor - The Everyday Sublime: Imagination and Art as Dharma Practice: This day will focus on the role of the imagination in secular Buddhist practice. While drawing on examples from the arts, our concern will be to investigate the value of creativity in daily life – whether one considers oneself an artist or not.
SUNDAY - Martine Batchelor - Mindfulness and Appreciative Joy: During this daylong we will explore the potential for mindfulness (sati) and rejoicing meditation (mudita) to bring us contentment and joy In our busy modern life, and to dissolve a sense of lack or of being in constant competition.
MONDAY - Martine Batchelor - Letting go in Four Stages: During this daylong we will practice mindfulness meditation to develop our potential for letting go. We will inquire into the different ways we can let go by cultivating stability and openness, by exploring our triggers, habits and conditions and by being mindful of our felt experience.
A map and directions can be found on the the Mary MacKillop website: http://www.marymackillopplace.org.au
The 4 day workshop is being held in The School House – the nearest entrance is to this part of the Conference Centre is on William St.
Morning and afternoon tea provided (we will cater for basic gluten free, if you have allergies we suggest bringing along supplementary food). You will need to bring your lunch or there are plenty of cafe's nearby in North Sydney and MacMahon's Point. Mary MacKillop property has some lovely garden areas to relax and eat in.
There is accomodation available at Anderledy Lodge which are part of the Mary Mackillop facilities Click here for more information.
WHAT TO BRING
We suggest wearing comfortable clothes.
Other items you may wish to bring include:
* Meditation cushion - please bring if you have (we will have a few spares)
* Meditation shawl and/or blanket
* Soft cushion for resting your head during lying-down practice
* Floor or yoga mat – the floor in The School House is wooden
* Notebook & pen
* Water bottle
* Gluten free or supplementary snack food especially for those with allergies
Stephen Batchelor explores the kind of Dharma practice emerging in a Buddhism divested of the religious, dogmatic and patriarchal features that have often characterised its role in traditional Asian societies. What is truly distinctive in the Buddha’s teaching that sets it apart from mainstream Indian religious tradition? Combining reflections on classical Pali discourses with the practice of mindful awareness, concentration and enquiry to answer this question by uncovering what lies at the radical heart of the Buddha’s teaching and considering how such ideas might be interpreted and put into practice in today’s increasingly secular and interdependent world.
“Evasion of the unadorned immediacy of life is as deep-seated as it is relentless. Even with the ardent desire to be aware and alert in the present moment, the mind flings us into tawdry and tiresome elaborations of past and future. This craving to be otherwise, to be elsewhere, permeates the body, feeling, perceptions, will - consciousness itself. It is like the background radiation from the big bang of birth, the aftershock of having erupted into existence.”
Honesty can be cultivated by transforming your inner language. For example, you might think: "I am no good" or "They are not good." Is this true? For some strange reason, people want to wallow in the idea of being either the best or the worst. What is true in this moment? How close can we get to the reality of our experiences?
-Martine Batchelor Meditation for Life
Please note: The final schedule for the workshop may vary from the one shown.
The start time each day is 9.30am – please try and arrive earlier so you can register and settle in.