This group gives people the opportunity to learn meditation and to hear a short Dhamma talk, from the monks, during the week, in a location south of the river. This group was first started by the Society in 1987 in Gosnells. It has continued weekly since then and now meets in Armadale, (about 35 minutes drive south from Perth City centre).
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Meets every Tuesday evening, all year except for Christmas and New Year when we are closed.
Starts at 7.00 pm. Finishes at 8.30/8.40 pm.
Some nights the room fills very quickly, (especially when Ajahn Brahm is teaching), and you will need to be there early to get in. We recommend you arrive no later than 6.50pm.
There is a limit to the number of people we are allowed to fit into the room and the doors are locked once we have reached our limit. No one is admitted after that. As a general guide we suggest you arrive by 6.50pm.
Used to be the Community Health Centre, but is now the “After Hours GP Clinic”
If you are coming south down Albany Highway towards Armadale, it is on the left after the Brookton Highway traffic lights and Ecko Road. There are large signposts on Albany Highway indicating the Hospital and the Emergency centre.
- Go in the Armadale Health Campus entrance off Albany Highway.
- Once through the gates turn immediately right.
- The After Hours GP building is the first building immediately on the right, it is a small brick building.
- It is easy to find.
- Do not go through the main doors as that will take you into the Dr’s clinic. We are the side door after that. There will be someone outside the building showing you where to go.
(Do not go up to the hospital – you’ve gone too far.)
There is free car parking, in a well-lite car park, right outside.
It is FREE (Donations are welcome but are not requested.)
What to expect
It is informal and relaxed. We are a friendly bunch of people and if you are new to the group we will help you to know what to do and to feel comfortable. You will be asked to take off your shoes before entering the room but otherwise it is a normal seminar room.
There is no need to bring anything. We sit mainly on chairs that are provided. You are welcome to sit on stools or cushions and we provide a small number of these but it is best to bring your own. No, you don’t have to sit cross-legged on the floor!
Level of experience
The group is for people who have never meditated before and for experienced meditators. We get brand new meditators most nights, so you can join us any time. If you have never meditated before you will be taught what to do. Experienced meditators are also welcome and a small group of us have meditated with the group for years.
The same people do not necessarily join us each week – they come on whichever Tuesdays they wish without having to commit to any particular nights. You do not have to attend a series of weekly sessions nor do you need to attend regularly – just as often as you wish or are able. We do suggest, at first, that if possible, that you come for 4 or 5 weeks in a row to give yourself a chance of getting the hang of it all and to experience the different teachers and ways of meditating. Meditation is not one of those skills that you usually learn in one night but that gradually develops over time. We would of course be delighted if you came regularly!
Background of the participants
The group is run by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia and the evenings have a distinct Buddhist flavour. However, many people who come aren’t Buddhists and come from other religious backgrounds or have no interest in religion – they just want to learn to meditate. People from any background are welcome. A minority are long time Buddhists.
Why people come along
People come to the group for different reasons. For example, we have those who have been sent by their doctor for health reasons, others who find it easier to meditate in a group than to meditate at home, others who are on a spiritual path and interested in Buddhism, and others who are stressed, unhappy or have had a trauma and want to find more peace of mind.
All ages are welcome, at present the range is approximately 9 – 86 years.
Both men and women attend.
Numbers are usually 50-60 most weeks. 60 is our maximum allowed.
We have the benefit of having several different, excellent and highly experienced teachers at the group. We are honoured to have senior monks from Bodhinyana Buddhist monastery in Serpentine as our teachers for 9 months of the year. The senior monk and Abbot of the monastery, Ajahn Brahm, teaches regularly at the group, approximately once a month. When the monks all go on retreat for three months, (approximately between mid-July to mid-October), senior members of the group and the Buddhist Society of WA, and other visiting teachers, continue with the talks and teaching.
You will practice different forms of Buddhist meditation. Meditation on the breath is commonly taught as is loving kindness meditation (Metta), body scan meditation and mantra meditation. There are no physical exercises such as stretching or yoga involved.
The programme is approximately as follows:
- 7.00pm: Introduction
- 7.05pm Chanting in English, (you are given the words and may join in or just listen, as you wish).
- 7.10pm- 7.30: Introductory talk on meditation, e.g. what meditation is, how to meditate, and the benefits of meditation
- 7.30 – 8.00: Guided meditation – we are told what to do during the meditation.
- 8.00 – 8.30: A short talk, plus questions and answers
- 8.30/8.40pm: Notices and close.
Some evenings, about every 6 weeks, we stay behind until 9pm to socialise and have drinks and refreshments. Everyone is most welcome. We look forward to having you join us.
Marlene Gerritsen is the contact for the group. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to find out more about the Armadale group, you have any questions or to be personally welcomed to the group.