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.

Register by emailing: contact@openpathmeditation.com.au

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

New Weekly Sessions and Saturday Retreat Days
  • Grounded Contemplation – Integrating daily dharma:

A seven week course each Sunday morning:  October 22nd to December 3rd, 10.00am – 12noon

To make the most of the seven weeks leading up to the end of year break, key dharma teachings and practices will be combined with movement meditation in a series of weekly sessions. (For more information about movement meditation see below.)

Regularly, each of us becomes caught up and driven by busy-ness. Within popular culture, great emphasis is placed upon maintaining a healthy body, however less kudos is given to ways of nurturing a healthy body-mind. Creating a space within our schedule for physical activity seems normal, but less so for cultivation of the mind. Across seven weeks, participants will explore ways to nurture a healthy body-mind drawing upon the practical realities of their lives, and classical teachings and frameworks from both the Buddha-dharma and other healing traditions.

Sessions will focus on key dharma teachings and practices, including:

  • the parami – “The Six Perfections”;
  • samatha – calm abiding – and vipassana – insight – meditation as the basis of fruitful contemplative/reflexive learning;
  • expanding conscious mind with embodied aliveness through gentle movement.

The structure of the course requires practice and reflection between sessions drawn from the dharma practices presented, and/or ongoing personal work including bodywork, meditation, artwork and contemplation. Sessions will include sharing and discussion based upon personal reflection on practice.

You are invited to stay for tea/coffee at the end of each session.

Please register your interest with Kathryn: contact@openpathmeditation – mob: 0457 203 630

  • Saturday Retreat Days:

Two Saturday Retreat Days will be held –  on November 4th and on December 2nd.

(for more information on Saturday Retreat Days please see ‘Retreats’)

Movement Meditation

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.

Movement Meditation Retreat Days:

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

Saturday retreat day:

Please see information about these retreat days under ‘Retreats’.

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.

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