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Mindfulness Practice

It can be hard to keep up a regular mindfulness practice by yourself! Openground offers a free monthly online talk and practice, as well as graduate drop-in practice groups in Sydney and Melbourne.
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Free monthly talk and practice

About 12 years ago, the Openground teachers from all over Australia met for one of our wonderful weekends of learning together, and we posed a question: What is important to you in your own practice and in the unfolding of the MSBR course? What matters most to you, now

We spent a rich day, with each teacher taking time to share what has touched them most in the mindfulness work and what felt most salient or useful: equanimity, embodiment, savouring the present condition, emotional regulation, respect for all, undermining reactivity, and compassion were high on the list. What matters most is - of course - always changing as the practice and life unfolds in unexpected and exciting ways. 

This year each month on Zoom, an Openground teacher will share something of what matters to them in their world and work of mindfulness, as well as leading a practice together. You can be there live online, or watch it later. All of the talks are listed below.

Free online talk and practice

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Graduate Drop-in Practice groups

At the end of the eight week MBSR course, continue engaging in the practice at a regular drop-in Practice Group.

Drop in Practice Groups

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Secular Buddhist Practice Groups

The MBSR program you have been exploring comes directly from the four foundations of mindfulness, from the Western Insight tradition. There are many secular Buddhist groups offering ongoing practice and exploration which would deepen what you have been learning in the MBSR course. 
These groups also offer longer retreats. Here are a few leads for you to explore: 

Australia wide: www.dharma.org.au
Sydney: Sydney Insight Meditators www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org
Melbourne: Dhamma Sukha Meditation Centre www.dhammasukha.org.au
Perth: Perth Insight Meditation Group www.pimg.org 
Adelaide: Ashtree Sangha http: www.dharma.org.au
Alice Springs: Desert Budhha Sangha www.dharma.org.au
Hobart: Vipassana meditation www.pabha.dhamma.org 
Brisbane: www.dharma.org.au 

Insight meditation
Insight (Vipassana) meditation is the simple and direct practice of moment-to- moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

 

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