Mindfulness Training —Annual 7 Day Residential retreat in Brisbane, QLD

By visiting Buddhist monk, Ven. Sobitha, from Siyane Vipassana Meditation Centre Kanduboda Sri Lanka. This centre is an international meditation centre, which started under Mahasi Sayadaw, a most venerated meditation master from Burma. The centre gives retreats in the style of Mahasi Sayadaw. (google link: kanduboda meditation centre). The retreat will emphasis on how to practice mindfulness during one’s daily activities. Noble silence will be observed during the retreat. There will be both sitting and walking meditations and teachings in between.

When: 5pm Fri 30 Oct 2015 – 5pm Fri 6 Nov 2015

At: 25 Banyan St, Belbowrie Brisbane, QLD 4070 This is a Buddhist nunnery

Fees: 100 $ for the 7 days (accommodation and vegetarian meals included. Breakfast & Lunch, light dinner)

Contact: Devaki 04786 30888 Goodna temple 3818 8806

Please book early as limited places available.

It is possible to come for 1 or 2 days or for the day. However to get the maximum benefit of the retreat, 7 day residential is recommended. If you live in Brisbane, please byo linen. Spaces also available for caravan/van parking.

What is the difference between Buddhism and mindfulness?

The following notes were compiled from Kevin Guo’s talk at the UQ Multifaith Centre on the 7th of October, 2014.


Mindfulness in modern psychology has its historical roots in Zen and Theravada meditation, BUT, Buddhism is much more than mindfulness.

*Buddhism has precepts & ethics (5 precepts, 8 precepts)- mindfulness doesn’t prescribe ethics
*Buddhism is “more intense”: e.g. comparing meditation centre program to a MBSR program
*Buddhism culminates in wisdom, such as vipassana meditation and 16 insight knowledges (nana)…and finally, nibbana!

May you be well and happy!