MEDITATION - TAKING UP MEDITATION
BY COMING TO REST PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY, WE CAN BEGIN TO OBSERVE AND UNCOVER A DEPTH AND CALMNESS OF BEING.
The School offers meditation three times a year.
Taking up mediation is a 3 step process over 3-4 weeks.
Attendance at all three sessions that are outlined below is a required part of the process. You cannot proceed with the meditation if you have not attended the two preliminary meetings.
STEP 1: INFORMATION MEETING
You begin by registering for the 90 minute Information Meeting. The next information meeting will be in Term 1 2024, on Sunday 18 February.
By the end of the meeting, you’ll have all the information you need to decide whether or not to proceed.
STEP 2: PREPARATION SESSION
Two to three weeks later a 90 minute preparation session is held
The practical arrangements are finalised and the meditation support program is outlined.
STEP 3: TAKING UP MEDITATION
The meditation commencement ceremony will take place a week after the preparation session.
The meditation is given in a short, traditional ceremony designed to bring the mind and heart to rest. The ceremony is non-religious and is there to ensure the precise passage of the mantra from generation to generation and to support the significance of the event. It is carried out by a trained instructor, an experienced meditator who has undergone a period of careful preparation.
You will be asked to bring four things to the ceremony, each one symbolic: some flowers, some pieces of fruit, a piece of white cloth and a donation of money. The donation is not a fixed amount and depends on individual capacity. The donation symbolises the surrender of material things. It is an expression of value and is used to make meditation available to others. There is no fee for receiving the meditation.
Once you’ve commenced meditating, the School will support you in the practice with one-on-one meetings, small group sessions and meditation retreats if you wish. This support will be available for as long as you wish. In providing you with the meditation, the School undertakes the obligation of supporting you for life.