On Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 6:30, The Centre holds a weekly gathering for meditation and shared reflection.

When: Sundays, 5 – 6:30 pm

Where: Chapel of Hope, Community Church of St Mark, 100 Hodgkinson St, Clifton Hill. The chapel can be a little hard to find. It is accessed by walking up the external stairs at the back of the Church premises. To find the stairs, walk down the laneway between the Church building and the Aikido hall.

Zoom: 4th Sunday of each month only

Meeting ID: 825 9242 6858 | Passcode: 113100

The meditations will be drawn from a suite of practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition centred around the cultivation of equanimity, compassion, calm, and clarity. The period of group reflection following the meditations will be an opportunity to integrate practice and everyday life by bringing these same qualities into the interpersonal domain.

The gathering will be held in person every Sunday of the month, except for the 4th Sunday of the month, when it will be delivered on Zoom as the monthly compassion meditation with Dr Petrina Barson [see links above].

Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome, as are people of any religious or non-religious outlook. If sitting upright on a cushion is difficult for you, there will be chairs, as well as space for people to meditate lying down.

How much: Free. Donations to cover overheads are welcome.

What to bring: We have chairs and meditation cushions for seated meditation and plenty of blankets but feel free to bring a yoga mat or any props you may require. Please wear suitable loose-fitting clothing.

Who: The in-person meditations will be led by Tom Hardman. Tom has been involved with The Contemplary since its inception. He has been practising in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition since his early twenties, and has an interest in the mystical traditions of all religions. He holds an honours degree in philosophy from the University of Melbourne, is currently studying to become a clinical psychologist, and works part time as a Latin teacher. He is also involved in refugee activism and advocacy.

The online meditations will be led by Dr Petrina Barson. She is a GP and a certified teacher of the Compassion Institute’s Compassion Cultivation Training, and has been offering CCT through the Contemplary since 2016.

In collaboration with The Contemplary.

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