What we're about
Come join us at the beautiful natural grounds of Gold Coast Dharma Realm (Buddhist Temple in Mudgeeraba) for discussions and lectures on Meditation, Buddhism, Mantra, Yoga, and more!
we will explore some methods such as:
- Mantra practice and prayer recitation (e.g. Great Compassion Mantra, Shurangama Mantra and Western equivalents like the Jesus prayer)
- Witnessing practice, or watching the mind
- Visualization practice (e.g. Chakras/Kundalini)
- Pranayama and anapana (e.g. nine-step bottled wind practice)
- Zen, the method of no-method
- Dream yoga
- Mindfulness of death and bardo practice
- Devotion and giving over to a higher power (e.g. Eastern Religious, East-West Mythology & Western Religious like Thomas Kempis' "The Imitation of Christ")
- Kuan-Yin's method of listening to sound (from Shurangama Sutra)
- Athletic "peak performance" and chi cultivation
As well as enjoying a new authority guest speaker in subjects like Yoga, Acupuncture, Buddhist Psychology, etc.
Finally, we will have a final 30 minutes for open discussion, questions, and even light meditation practice. Every Sunday at 8am is the Weekly Guided Meditation, a separate group that may be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Gold-Coast-Dharma-Realm-Sunday-Guided-Meditation/
While the Meetup formally begins at 12pm, anyone that RSVPs is welcome to join us for lunch at 11am also (please just advise in your RSVP so the kitchen knows to cook more food! ;) The lunch is organised by the Temple and is thus completely vegetarian and sattvic (no pungent plants used in preparation.) We only encourage that a minimum $10 donation be given to the Temple to help cover the cost of the food and ask that we all follow the Temple rules in partaking of the lunch in silence.
After the official Meetup is over (est 1:30pm), there will be an optional tour of the grounds and at 2pm, a separate Mantra study and practice session. During the study session, there is another mini-lecture series on Sanskrit in Mantras and the Sanskrit-versions of the Great Compassion and Shurangama Mantras specifically.