Meditation Retreat for Everyone

Panditarama Sydney Meditation Centre (PSMC) is offering a special retreat program to both new and experienced meditators starting from 18th July to the end of August. During this period, there will be three different sessions and each one will last for 10 day retreats.

We do have limited spaces available and each session will only allow 4 female and 3 male yogis as maximum. So you are cordially invited to come and book your spot at any session that suits you the best.

Why Practice at PSMC

The technique of Vipassana Meditation enables the meditators learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results.

You will be taught by the resident monk, Venerable Maha Nayaka Aungsi Sayadaw U Pannathami, who will deliver teachings through illustrious masters, notably the late Most Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw as well as Ven. Sayadaw U Panditabhivamsa.
The Dhamma talks will be delivered every night by Sayadaw U Pannathami and you will have an interview about your meditation experience every two days.

Buddhist teachings, extensive time for meditation, walks in nature, and a silent and mindful environment, are the key features that make the Panditarama Sydney Meditation Centre such a popular location for group meditation retreats.

Guidelines for Meditators

  • Observe the eight precepts carefully.
  • Meditators observe Noble Silence.
  • Meditators should stay alone and refrain from unnecessary speech.
  • Socializing is strongly discouraged.
  • All unfinished personal, family and business matters should be taken care of prior to the intensive meditation retreat so that they do not interfere with one’s meditation.
  • Communication with the outside world through telephone and e-mail should be kept to an absolute minimum.
    Meditators are advised to perform all activities in slow motion.

Cost

There are no charges for the courses – not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.

Food

Meditators are provided with two meals a day, following the Theravada tradition, namely breakfast and lunch. Food is nutritious, balanced, clean, and healthy.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Pillow and blankets
  • Medicine
  • Multivitamins

Daily Routine

4:00 amWake up
4:30 am – 5:30 amSitting meditation
6:00 amBreakfast
7:00 amWalking meditation
8:00 amTaking 8 precepts and sitting meditation
9:00 amWalking meditation
10:00 amSitting meditation
11:00 amLunch
12:00 pmWalking meditation
1:00 pmSitting meditation
2:00 pmWalking meditation
3:00 pmSitting meditation
4:00 pmInterview / walking meditation
5:00 pmSitting meditation
6:00 pmAfternoon refreshments
7:00 pmDhamma talks from Sayadaw
8:00 pmWalking meditation
9:00 pmEnd of the day

Weather
Sydney is situated on latitude 34° S and has an average mean temperature ranging from 72 °F (22 °C) in January to 55 °F (13 °C) in July. It’s warm, sunny, but temperate climate has encouraged its citizens to develop a pleasure-loving and easygoing attitude to life and to make full use of the opportunities for sailing, swimming, and surfing at their doors.

The average annual precipitation (all falling as rain) is 47 inches (1,200 mm), spread relatively evenly throughout the year. The greatest amount falls in late autumn and the least in early spring, with short tropical deluges in summer (December–February). Sydney is unbearably hot for only a few days each year, when a westerly wind brings hot dry air from the desert.

Extreme summer heat is tempered from time to time by the arrival of a cold front from the Tasman Sea, heralded by a stiff wind from the south known locally as the “Southerly Buster.” In winter (June–August), however, the westerly wind is cool.

Contact Us

If you have any further question, please contact the centre at +61 2 9620 2174 or email us on [email protected]

Our program is free of charge but we are welcome for donation.