Patrick Kearney

Patrick Kearney

Vipassana Insight Meditation

Patrick has practised mindfulness meditation since 1977. At that time there was no mindfulness teaching available in Australia, so he spent years travelling in Asia and the USA working with teachers from different Buddhist traditions to learn the craft of mindfulness practice. Most of his mindfulness training has been in the insight meditation lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw of Myanmar, which included several years as a Buddhist monk, and he has also trained in the Diamond Sangha lineage of Zen.

Patrick has been teaching mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. He conducts residential and online meditation retreats, workshops and seminars. He has studied early Buddhism at post-graduate levels, and has a particular interest in the original teachings of the Buddha, before the invention of “Buddhism.” This allows him to bring the radical insights of the Buddha to our contemporary situation while bypassing unnecessary cultural baggage. He sees meditation as a physical practice that reconnects us with the felt world of our senses, allowing us to live our lives directly rather than through the cling-wrap of our habitual thinking.

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Patrick's Schedule

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Patrick’s teaching is informed by his background. He teaches in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw, seeking ways to bring this practice to a contemporary Australian context.

He emphasises the need for a theoretical understanding of the Buddhadharma as a support for practice.

Only with the mutual support of theory and practice can we begin to understand the depths of the Buddha’s teaching, and so apply this teaching to our lives.

Not doing any evil
Cultivating the good
Purifying the heart -
This is the teaching of the buddhas. (Dhammapada 183)

Wheel of Dhamma