About Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
Welcome to the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre website. We provide facilities for the teaching and practice of satipaá¹á¹hÄna vipassanÄ or insight meditation in the tradition of the late Venerable MahÄsi SayÄdaw of Burma.
The Centre seeks its inspiration in the Buddhist Theravadan tradition and aims to develop an Australian Buddhism. Courses are taught by visiting teachers, including monks and nuns from Burma and other countries.
The Centre is located in a tranquil setting in the small town of Medlow Bath in the City of Blue Mountains, two hours by train from Sydney and adjoining the vast World Heritage Area. The town has an altitude of over 1000 metres and enjoys a bracing mountain climate year round.
Medlow Bath Sitting Group
There is a weekly group meditation at BMIMC in Medlow Bath that meets on Wednesday evenings on nights that retreats are not scheduled. Several local supporters who are experienced meditators share responsibility for leading the group.
The sessions are from 7pm to 8pm and the format is sitting meditation with occasionally a short reading at the end of the sit. There are paths outside for walking meditation if people wish to walk instead of,or as well as,sitting.
If you are unfamiliar with this type of meditation practice, please contact BMIMC and some guidance before the session can be arranged. Visitors are welcome to stay for a cuppa and chat after the sitting if they wish.
The Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre is owned and managed by a non-profit association called the Buddha Sasana Association of Australia Incorporated (ABN 11 005 353 218).
The Buddha Sasana Association of Australia was founded in 1981 and incorporated as an association in 1986.
Around 1992, the association decided to establish its Centre at 25 Rutland Road, Medlow Bath with the aim of providing organised instruction on the practice and theory of Buddhist meditation on a regular and continuing basis. Since then, teaching at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre has been provided by qualified Buddhist monks, nuns and lay people to small groups of up to 20 students. All students who attend a course at the Centre are monitored by one or more teachers who will offer appropriate guidance and support to assist students in their understanding of the meditation practice and related Buddhist teachings.
The association is managed by a committee of up to 8 members who meet at least 4 times a year to oversee the Centreâ€™s operations and development. The day to day work of the Centre is carried out by a part time co-ordinator, resident care taker and retreat co-ordinator with support from numerous volunteers.