Courses

At Open Path we offer teaching courses, practice sessions and retreat work throughout the year – see also information under ‘Retreats’.

The venue for all teaching, unless otherwise stated, is the Open Path Teaching Space at 21 Marine Parade, Shoreham.

For dates and times of all courses see the current Teaching-Schedule-March-Sept-2017  and for course outlines see the details below, including information about Open Path Dharma Retreat Days and Movement Meditation.

Register by emailing: contact@openpathmeditation.com.au

Cost for all sessions and Retreat Days is by way of dana (see below)

 

Fortnightly Dharma Sessions Sundays – May 21st to September 10th
Unfolding Through Art     

“Throughout history, several mystery schools or ancient teachings developed which consciously pursued the path to total awakening. An initiate of a mystery school or teaching would be assigned a series of exercises or tasks designed to lead him or her steadily on the path of liberation. This consciously directed training or yoga, frequently embodied in the form of a craft or art, is not for the purpose of becoming an ‘artist’ but for the purpose of becoming a ‘being of art’. Thus the exercises are directed toward the realisation, “Know thyself.” With that in mind, one of the major questions a disciple of this teaching must ask is, “Who am I?”. Your task here is to direct the conscious mind to the depths of your being, and to bring that to conscious knowing. The painting and drawings, and the questions which arise will constitute your working mandala.”                                                                                                    Namygal Rinpoche, Unfolding Through Art

Using the teaching text, “Unfolding through Art” and associated formal practices, this course will run from May 21 to September 10 comprising nine fortnightly teaching sessions with ongoing, self-directed drawing, painting and contemplative sessions at home in between the classes. Teaching sessions will focus on the themes of mandala, colour, sacred geometry and contemplative healing and include participant sharing of insights from the practices.

Session Times: 10.00 am – 11.30 am Sunday mornings commencing May 21st

Movement Meditation – fortnightly  on Sundays, 19th March to September 17th.

Suitable for both novices and more experienced meditators.

These gentle meditative body movements are a doorway to the deeper understanding of both body and mind. Carried out with great awareness, they are a valuable tool for the development of embodied mindfulness and awareness and for enabling deep body/mind healing – the key to our own holistic well-being. All of life’s experiences are stored in our bodies and held by habitual body patternings, including hopes, joys, emotions, physical tensions and traumas. Through these gentle practices we can safely let go of body tensions and experience deep tranquility, a tangible sense of well-being, confidence, clarity, grace, centredness and easefulness in life – states of body/mind that are central to the Buddha’s Teaching.

Movement Meditation is a valuable tool not only for those interested in meditative explorations but for all those who experience stress and/or anxiety in their lives.

You are invited to join us for refreshments at the end of the session or bring something to share for lunch.

Session Times: 10.00am – 12.00pm Sunday mornings fortnightly

Movement Meditation Retreat Days:

The Saturday retreat days are a chance to work with the wonderful tool of movement to deepen an understanding and appreciation of the Dharma.

10.00am to 4.00 pm Saturday May 27th, July 22nd and September 16th.

Open Path Saturday retreat day:

Please see information about these retreat days under ‘Retreats’

10.00am to 4.00 pm Saturday June 24th and August 19th.

For all courses and session:

  • mats, cushions and blankets are provided.
  • please wear loose, comfortable clothes.
  • the fee for all events  is by way of dana – see below

For registration and further information for all courses – contact Kathryn on 5989 8179 or email.

Dana

Dana is often taken to simply mean donation or gift. Dana is a Buddhist teaching about generosity of spirit or the sharing of blessings, the aspiration to generate health and goodwill in all the cycles of giving and receiving; the transactions of daily life. In reflecting on the practice of dana one begins to understand the interdependence of life. Dana is a gift offered in support of the Teaching lineage. In turn the teachings offered are to support you in meeting with life with wisdom and compassion. Each person arrives at their own level of offering through their own consideration. There is no set fee for teaching.  It is customary to offer dana at the beginning of the class (there is usually a bowl at or near the entrance). Giving prior to the teaching separates the act from concepts of fee for service and supports ones own experience of openness and generosity.