This is a wholly Buddhist-oriented Recovery Group
Venue: IGA complex (upstairs above the hairdresser in the same building as “Happy Herbs”)
Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 7:30pm - 9:15pm (please arrive by 7:20pm for a prompt start at 7:30pm)
Address: Suite 5/220 The Entrance Rd, Erina NSW 2251
The "Silky Oak Zen Community" is a peer support group for people who are suffering because of addiction problems, substance abuse, depression, stress, burnout, or other forms of obsessive behaviour. We offer a learning space for those who would like to work on relieving their stresses and anxieties. From the position of recovery, our practice lies in awakening the heart of wisdom and compassion. This heart is our own true heart — the essence of peace, harmony and joy — and it is not separate from the heart of all beings.
Underlying all our practice is truthfulness and honesty. When one is truly honest and on the path, one can begin to fully recover and "awaken" to a rich and boundless serenity.
So whether we are recovering from addiction, living with addicted people, suffering burn out, obsession, or just recovering from life, all are welcome and you don't need to be Buddhist to reap the rewards. All are welcome!
Our "Mindfulness and Recovery" "Sit and Share" Meditation meetings will be held Wednesday Night at 7.30pm in our Erina meeting room. Our first get together is coming up on Wednesday 24th April.
Each ‘sit and share’ meeting begins with 10-minutes of serenity meditation. This is a simple breathing meditation to calm the breath, relax the body and quiet the mind.
This is followed by a further 10-minute active contemplation of a topic chosen by the group. This meditation involves the examination of the chosen topic in all areas of our life. Individuals are then invited to share on the topic as it relates to their recovery or abstinence. There is no expectation or obligation on any individual to ‘share’; they can simply ‘pass’ if they so wish.
The last meditation of the night may be a guided or a silent (Zen) 30-minute ‘sit’.
Lastly, there is the opportunity to have tea or coffee and a chat before the evening ends at 9:15pm.
No registration needed - just show up.
The 1st meditation will start promptly at 7.30pm EVERY Wednesday, therefore please arrive up to 10-minutes before the start time.
- From 7.20pm Tea and Welcome
- 7.30pm Meditation (10 minutes)
- 7.45pm Meditation on tonight’s chosen topic (10 minutes)
- 7.55pm Sharing - discussion on tonight’s topic
- 8.30pm Meditation (30 minutes)
- 9.00pm Announcements and selection of tonight’s topic
- 9.00pm Closing dedication then tea and informal chat
- 9.15pm Evening ends.
Meetings operate on an informal drop-in basis and are suitable for all levels of experience.
What does it cost?
No fee - donations only.
There is no charge to attend these meditation meetings, you just need a desire to be free from the suffering of addiction. A donation towards the cost of room hire and refreshments would be welcome but is not compulsory (suggested $3 or concessions $2). No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
What to bring?
Seating is on the chairs and meditation cushions provided. Dress comfortably. You are also welcome to bring your own blanket, cushions or meditation stool for comfort.
An international directory of Buddhist Recovery Meetings can be found here.