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CIMG is suspended during the Coronavirus emergency to help contain its spread.

Members of the group have been sent a Zoom link to weekly practice.

Other interested people are welcome to use the audio files of guided practice available on this site.

Check here to keep up to date with decisions about the group. Our advice is that it may be wise to be in recess for some months.

Don’t forget the principle of anicca (changeability). This isn’t for ever; it will pass.

Wishing you all health and happiness.

Welcome to the website of the Canberra Insight Meditation Group. We are a group of meditators practising in a Western form of the insight tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. Insight meditation is also known as Vipassana or Mindfulness Meditation. More information about this form of meditation is provided here.CIMG’s foundation is the weekly sitting group. Activities include:

These (1DR, DDG and the social meetings) are open to anyone who has come to the group for at least one month and attends regularly.

Notice of these events is by email. Anyone who regularly attends Sunday evening practice and is interested in any of these activities should email info@canberrainsightmeditationgroup.org to receive the notices.

The group was founded by Lesley LebkowiczLesley Lebkowicz has practised vipassanā meditation since 1983 and has spent several years in silent retreat in Australia, the USA, Burma and Nepal. Her main teachers were Michele McDonald and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. She has also attended many retreats led by Sayadaw U Pandita. She continues to practise with Sayadaw U Vivekananda. Lesley leads retreats at BMIMC and on the far south coast of NSW. She enjoys working with committed meditators as they learn how to work with their minds. She has worked as a teacher, counsellor and writer.
and is now led by Lesley and by John McIntyreJohn McIntyre worked for many years as a university teacher and researcher in the field of adult and vocational learning before moving to Canberra. He has been a meditator since 1988, practising mainly within the tradition of the Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma with teachers who have included Sayadaw U Janaka, Ven Pannyavaro, Ven Sujiva, Patrick Kearney and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. He is a trustee of the Buddha Sasana Association of Australia, the organisation that owns and manages the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre. On the infrequent occasions when neither Lesley nor John is available, the meditators are supported by one or more of the senior students: Hugh, Jenene and Scott.

CIMG is supported by the work of the management collective which consists of Trevor R, Skye B, Scott Fisher, JJ, HN, Julia and Rachael K.

Retreats with Lesley

Retreats in March, April and May have been cancelled to protect your health.

October 2 – 8 2020, Desert Creek House, Bemboka. Booking details to be advised.

Incline the mind to mindfulness;
Incline the mind to kindness;
That’s all.