Mindfulness Meditation classes and courses with Richard Yin

Mindfulness Meditation classes and courses - email Gaby at mindmed@tpg.com.au for details or before attending for the first time if you have not attended recently (within the previous 6 months).

Group practice sessions in term four [nine weeks] 

Friday mornings 11.15am - 12.15pm from 19 October to 14 December and Thursday nights 7.30pm - 8.30pm from 18 October to 13 December.

The Friday sits will run as normal, on Thursdays we will add some variation, by reviewing in the first four weeks of November the practice of refuge. Refuge acknowledges the supports in our lives. We nurture and uphold them through practice. These 4 evenings will explore how we weave refuge into our mindfulness practice and how it can also be elaborated into a meditation practice on its own.

Refuge is a matrix of ideas, values and qualities that support living a life with openness and integrity. It acknowledges the inherent wisdom that is present within life, our capacity to find wholesomeness amidst the confusion of life and the turmoil of negative emotions. The Refuge meditation provides a formal structure for reflection and contemplation and the practice of cultivating wholesome qualities. It utilises the mind of imagination, the same mind that conjures up future fears, and harnesses it for the good.

Pre-requisites: These sessions are for those who have attended the 4 week series of classes taught by Richard Yin, any of the courses given by Michael Bobrowicz or for those who have had teaching on mindfulness meditation from Chimé Shore. 

Group practice sessions General Information:

Friday mornings 11.15am - 12.15pm and Thursday nights 7.30pm - 8.30pm

You are invited to join a group of fully/half/semi-committed meditators, mad runners, foodies, travellers, campers, tired people, quiet people, people with questions and people thinking about asking a question at some point in the future… 

Times: Friday mornings 11.15am - 12.15pm and Thursday nights 7.30pm - 8.30pm are ongoing meditation practice sessions.

Pre-requisites: these sessions are for those who have attended the 4 week series of classes taught by Richard Yin, any of the courses given by Michael Bobrowicz or for those who have had teaching from Chimé Shore in the past on mindfulness meditation). 

Format: Thursday night and Friday morning sessions are 1 hour. Over the course of the hour, there are 10-15 minutes of guided meditation and 20 minutes of silence to allow people to do their own practice (mindfulness or Calm Abiding). Following this, Richard will respond to any questions and/or give a talk on a point of practice. 

Dates: The exact dates for each term are listed in the timetable section of this website next to the class time.

No bookings required for those who meet the pre-requisites above: You may attend casually but please contact Gaby at mindmed@tpg.com.au if you have not attended in the previous 6 months.  If you believe you have a special circumstance (relevant previous experience) please email Richard via Gaby at: mindmed@tpg.com.au

Cost: By dana/donation.

Please bring a notebook and pen with you if you like to take notes.

 

Meditation walk in October - a chance to spend time in nature is a blessing…

In the city it is easy to forget our relationship to the natural world. Or more precisely, it is easy to forget we are part of the natural world. Being in the bush helps remind us that we are woven into the ecology of life and not separate from it.

Join us on a Meditative Walk with Richard Yin in the Darling Ranges on the weekend of 27/28 October.

You can either come for a two day walk and stay overnight in a Bibbulmun Track campsite or for a return walk of around four hours [plus time for talk and lunch] on Saturday. There will be time to share ideas and impressions as well as time to walk in silence.

On Saturday morning we will be meeting at Sullivan’s Rock picnic area which is one hour from Perth on Albany Highway. We will have an easy walk of 6.2 km/1.5 to 2 hours to Mt Cooke Campsite where we will gather for a talk and lunch. Afterwards day walkers will return to Sullivan’s Rock.

Overnighters will go on for 13.4 km/3.5 to 4 hours to Nerang Campsite, crossing Mt Cooke for a fabulous view from above. On Sunday we will walk on flat ground to Wearne Rd 15.6 km/4 to 5 hours away. This is a 20 minute drive from Sullivan’s Rock and we will have left cars there for getting back to the starting point. There is no road access to the track between Sullivan’s Rock and Wearne Road, so it will not be possible for day walkers to join us on Sunday.

Please register your interest as soon as possible and preferably by 7 October. There is a fair bit to organise and coordinate in regard to transport and camping, so I will be contacting you with more details as soon as I hear from you. The walk is by dana.

Gaby on mindmed@tpg.com.au

Dana/donation given on this walk will go to the Community Organizing Fellowship. The fellowship trains leaders in advocating for social and environmental change. It is founded on recognizing the strengths of diversity within a strong democracy. For the last year I have been attending this training and been inspired by its quality and the courage and commitment of participants of all ages who come from all walks of life. It is in many ways mindfulness-in-action: heartfelt, considered engagement in the world to bring about a more just and inclusive society. Richard

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Basic course: An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation with Richard Yin (next course 2,9,16,23 August 2018. Bookings open...) 

Once a year at Yoga Moves/Centre for Movement Studies, we run a series of classes for those wishing to learn to meditate or to reinvigorate their existing practice. Having completed the course, participants are welcome to join the weekly Friday morning or Thursday night 'sits',  and may also attend the Mini Mindfulness Day retreats which run 2-4 times a year on a Sunday morning. Those who attend the regular Friday morning and Thursday night 'sits' also receive occasional study notes on topics related to practice should they wish to further their understanding.

All course details are below - please read them before contacting Gaby.

This four week series is for those interested in learning to meditate and meditators wanting to enliven their practice. The classes will include a mixture of gentle movements, theory and guided sitting practice. Participants will not be required to sit for 90 minutes and need no prior experience to attend however, in the 5 weeks leading up to the course, you will receive an email per week from Richard which requires a little reflection and a response if you would like to respond.

Following the completion of the 4 week series, you are welcome to attend the weekly 'sit/classes' Fridays (11.15am - 12.15pm) or Thursdays (7.30pm – 8.30pm) to continue your practice as casually or as regularly as you like.

Richard Yin is a G.P. with a special interest in the holistic management of those with chronic pain. He has post-graduate training in the Feldenkrais Method, acupuncture, manipulative therapy and musculoskeletal medicine. He is also a long-term meditator aware of the interrelationship between body and mind.

Dates: 2, 9,16, 23 AUGUST 2018. Email part of course starts end of June. Bookings are now open.

Time: 7.30pm – 9pm.

Venue: Yoga Moves Studio, 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park (entrance opposite Lake Jualbup on Evans Street but for directions please google West Subiaco Masonic Hall, 78 Herbert Road, Shenton Park).

What to bring: Your favourite meditation cushion if you have one. Cushions, bolsters and/or chairs are also available at the studio for use.

Bookings: As this is a series, please plan to be present for every class. Bookings are required – please register your interest in attending the next series of classes by contacting Gaby. Email: mindmed@tpg.com.au

Cost: By dana/considered donation. Class cards are not applicable for this class.

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 that supports the livelihood of the teacher and his family. In turn the teachings offered are to support you in meeting with life with wisdom and compassion. Each participant arrives at the amount of dana voluntarily. Teachers of the Dharma are supported by considerate donation. Following Buddhist tradition, Richard charges no fee for teaching.  It is customary to offer dana at the beginning of the class (there is usually a bowl at near the entrance). Giving prior to the teaching supports the experience of openness and generosity.


 
Thursday nights Feb - Apr 2018: An Introduction to Buddhism and its Relation to Mindfulness Practice and the Taking of Refuge with Richard Yin (This course has now ended. Email gaby at mindmed@tpg.com.au to hear about the next one).

The teachings of mindfulness and refuge are central to Buddhism. Within the more traditional approach to understanding Buddhism, one that involves study, contemplation and meditation, mindfulness is practised with a set of assumptions and “truths” to be investigated.

Some of these assumptions include the certainty of death, impermanence, and the fragility and preciousness of human existence. Truths include the stress that comes from uncertainty, our preoccupation with self and identity and the nature of freedom.

Teachings within Buddhism offer a framework to further investigate these truths and how this can deepen mindfulness practice and unfold a life with greater freedom from the emotional bonds of fear, guilt, anger or desire.

A commitment to the taking of refuge can only occur when one is clear what one is seeking refuge from; a study of the major concepts of Buddhism offers at least an intellectual understanding to undertaking this commitment.

The approaches to understanding and practice within Buddhism are vast and varied reflecting 2600 years of history and diverse cultural influences as the religion spread from its origins in India. The face of Buddhism in Thailand is very different from how it appears in Tibet or Japan, yet they are of the same essence. The differences nonetheless are profound and shape even the “simplest” practice of mindfulness.

This series will attempt to explore some of the fundamental ideas of Buddhism and the varying approaches across different traditions. It will draw from teachings by Namgyal Rinpoche, Chögyam Trungpa and others and will present a more liberal perspective that opens to greater enquiry and self-reflection.

Over the last 10 years at the studio, we have offered mindfulness classes that have been secular, but nonetheless informed by our own predominantly Buddhist influences. This course is put forward so that like us, students may have a framework within which mindfulness practice and refuge are situated; a framework that hopefully offers a greater depth and perspective to practise and how it supports the unfolding of a meaningful life.

Pre-requisites: This 9-week series is for those who have attended previous mindfulness or calm abiding courses and continue to engage in ongoing practice. The weekly class will include a meditation followed by teaching and discussions.

Dates: The classes in this course build on each other, hence the course requires a commitment to be present for each class. 9 Thursday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22 February, 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March 2018

Time: 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Centre for Movement Studies Studio/Yoga Moves, 45 Evans Street, Shenton Park (opposite the lake).

What to bring: Your favourite meditation cushion if you have one. Chairs, cushions, bolsters and bolsters are also available at the studio for use.

Bookings: Bookings are required.

Cost: By dana / considered generosity. Class cards are not applicable for this class. 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 that supports the livelihood of the teacher and his family. In turn the teachings offered are to support you in meeting with life with wisdom and compassion. Each participant arrives at the amount of dana voluntarily. Teachers of the Dharma are supported by considerate donation. Following Buddhist tradition, Richard charges no fee for teaching.  It is customary to offer dana at the beginning of the class (there is usually a bowl at near the entrance). Giving prior to the teaching supports the experience of openness and generosity.