Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

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Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:39 am

Greetings,

The Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery in Melbourne has a nice shrine/meditation room upstairs... I try to get there to meditate at lunchtime at least a few times each week.

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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:47 am

wait, is this in the same building as the one you work in?
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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby Ben » Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:52 am

Lovely!
Thanks for sharing, Retro!
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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:52 am

Greetings JC,

jcsuperstar wrote:wait, is this in the same building as the one you work in?

I wish! No, it usually takes me 10-15 minutes to get there... depends if I walk all the way, or use the trams. The days I don't go are usually those where the weather is terrible, or when naughty people try to book meetings with me at inappropriate hours too close to my lunch break!

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P.S. That second picture is currently the wallpaper on my mobile phone.
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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:01 am

well now it's not as cool as i thought but still pretty cool.
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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby Monkey Mind » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:17 am

My first thought is, 'Meditate during lunch? That's my only time to eat!" The shrine room is very beautiful, good for you for finding it! I keep an "alter in a box" in my office, and during free-time I set it up and meditate. Of course, I have fallen asleep a few times so I always set an alarm.
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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby alan » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:24 am

Looks so very Chinese. Reminds me of a temple in Singapore which is always too crowded with people toting incense and doing their ritual things. Are there no ritual incense-toters in Melbourne?

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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:34 am

Greetings Alan,

alan wrote:Looks so very Chinese.

Yes, the Fo Guang Shan is Taiwanese in origin.

alan wrote:Reminds me of a temple in Singapore which is always too crowded with people toting incense and doing their ritual things. Are there no ritual incense-toters in Melbourne?

Don't know about Melbourne-wide... but as for this place, the occasional person will come in, do a few quiet chants, offer some incense and then go. At any time there'll be about 0-7 people in there, either doing that or meditating. Sometimes one of the bhikshunis will come in, do some quiet singing, make some dinging sounds and then head back out. I like that actually... even if I am trying to concentrate on the breath, or something else.

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby Lazy_eye » Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:45 am

Cool pictures -- thanks for posting! I had the chance awhile back to visit the Fo Guang center in Boston. They had a meditation room as well, with three Buddha statues, and they served vegetarian meals in the adjoining teahouse. Very nice place.

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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby Viriya » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:15 pm

It's looks beautiful, thanks for posting. I've been using the university library basement for the same purpose...it's absolutely perfect, in that no-one seems to realise it exists. (=
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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby Pacific » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:37 am

nice... there is one in Sydney as well & it's nice to go there, and only a few people might come in. There's also Bodhikusuma nearby which isn't open every day however

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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby Kori » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:15 am

I know this thread is old, though it's just been bumped courtesy of Pacific ( :tongue: ). That's quite the beautiful place to meditate! But I have to ask... Why is there a Swastika on the Buddha's chest? Is there some other sort of symbolism that I don't know of? :shock:

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Re: Where I meditate at lunchtimes during the working week

Postby Jhana4 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:39 am

Yes.

The swastika is a religious symbol that goes back to ancient India.

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