Passaddhi Meditation Centre  

Calm · Clarity · Contentment


Meditation is a journey of self-discovery. It is not about getting mystical experiences, but about developing a capacity to be realistic, to be in touch with our experience of what is real here and now, and to see the true nature of that reality. We can develop equanimity and compassion in the midst of worldly chaos as much as in peaceful circumstances. However, retreats and intensive meditation practice help us to tap into our inner source of kindness and wakefulness.

Vipassana meditation

Vipassana meditation (also called insight or mindfulness meditation) originated in the Theravada tradition, the form of Buddhism practised in Southeast Asia. Vipassana means 'clear seeing'. Through observing our experience, from moment to moment, with compassionate awareness, we begin to see more clearly, without immediately reacting to or getting absorbed into what we experience. This clear seeing gets us in touch with our mental, physical and emotional processes and patterns. We can wake up from living on automatic pilot, and learn to live life more fully, open-minded and open-hearted, with less fear and clinging, and more compassion and contentment. In this changing world, faced by materialism, economic problems and information overload, it is important that we learn to get in touch again with that which is beyond gain and loss, beyond hope and fear. Through vipassana or mindfulness practice we learn to relate to the suffering of ourselves and others more wisely, not getting overwhelmed by it, nor becoming indifferent to it.

Metta or loving-kindness meditation

Metta or loving-kindness meditation is a way of reconnecting with our inner being that is already kind and compassionate. Metta meditation was taught by the Buddha as a way of protecting ourselves from internal and external dangers. Cultivating metta means opening our heart to ourselves and to others. We begin to release the internal chronic critic that brings so much suffering. Metta is an antidote to fear, and it helps to overcome anger, hatred and resentment. Practising metta is about befriending ourselves and others. Through the force of metta we begin to loosen the boundaries we have created around ourselves, and we experience the interconnectedness of all beings. What unites us is our wish to be happy. In the practice of metta meditation we give expression to this wish for happiness and well-being, our own and that of all other sentient beings.

Mahamuni temple statue

Kwan Yin Flower
Kwan Yin statue with flower