Courses

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

All courses have unavoidably been cancelled for the forseeable future

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)

The Teaching Schedule for January to May 2020 can be downloaded here –

Teaching-Schedule-January-May 2020(2)

Fortnightly Sessions and Retreat Days
  • Dharma Class – Following in the Buddha’s steps: strengthening our innate loving kindness and humanity

Two and a half thousand years ago, a man who became known as ‘Buddha’ shared with others his simple but profound understandings into the nature of humanity. These understandings – now known as the Bhudda’s Teachings – have been put to the test, time and again over the last 2,500 years, by countless numbers of individuals who have found increasing wellbeing and happiness in their lives.

We wish to continue the tradition of sharing these simple but profound Teachings for the benefit of those who feel moved to engage and put them to the test for their own wellbeing and happiness – and for everyone around them!

Please join us for a series of sessions exploring the Teachings, both within a group setting and, more importantly, within daily lived experience of family, work or relaxation. The sessions combine formal teaching with guided meditation including gentle movement meditation, contemplation and group discussion. Participants will also be encouraged to explore the Teachings between sessions by means of art, writing, movement or sound to bring these understandings to life in their own direct experience.

This is a course for everyone and no previous experience of Buddhist Teachings or spirituality is required. Even if you have previous experience with Buddha’s Teachings this will enable you to bring a greater engagement and depth to your practice. All that is required is a sense of curiosity and willingness to engage and explore.

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

  • Retreat Day on the second Saturday of each month:

The first Retreat Day for 2020 is Saturday 8th February.

For further information about Saturday Retreat Days please look under ‘Retreats’.

Each Retreat Day will commence with a session of Movement Medititation.  There is considerable advantage in working with a combination of movement work and more conventional forms of meditation for gaining wholesome states of mind and greater understanding of the Dharma.

  • Movement Meditation:

This meditation is included in both the above Dharma class and at the start of each Saturday Retreat Day.  Fortnightly there is a two-hour session dedicated to Movement Meditation – see the Teaching Schedule for details.

This is a gentle but very direct way of working with and gaining a depth understanding of body/mind. Focussing with awareness on gentle body movements, old habitual patterns of body/mind can be released allowing a more natural and open way of being. This practice can lead to a profound state of ease and calm not only allowing understandings to arise, but a natural unfolding to a more flowing and compassionate way of living.

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

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/retreat days – contact Kathryn on 5989 8179; 0457 203 630 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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