Canberra Insight Meditation Group

Welcome to the Canberra Insight Meditation Group

We are a group of meditators practising a Buddhist form of meditation in the style of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. This is a type of insight or vipassana meditation based on the Satipatthana Sutta (the four foundations of mindfulness). More about our form of practice can be found here.

CIMG’s foundation is the weekly practice group.

We meet in person on Sunday evenings at the Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre in Lyneham. Our practice sessions are self-led without a teacher. Group members share the running of the sessions and coordinate other activities. 

We also hold one day retreats once a month and longer retreats and social activities from time to time. These activities are open to anyone who has come to the group for at least one month.

New meditators

New meditators are welcome to join us on Sunday evenings for our weekly sitting group. Click here to find out how to get started and what to expect. 

We have started a regular monthly session 'Beginner's Mind' for people who are new to meditation or to the method that we practise. Please see description below and email us for more details.

Beginner's Mind sessions

Since 1 October 2023 we have started a regular monthly session of discussion and practice. While these sessions are essentially for people who are new to meditation or this group, they are open to everyone who would like more time to talk about their practice and refine their meditation skills. The sessions are usually held once a month on the first Sunday of the month from 5pm - 6pm at the Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre in Lyneham.

The regular Sunday evening meditation will start after a 15 minute break. You are welcome to stay for the evening practice but if this seems too long for you, leaving after part of the regular practice is fine.

COVID safety

Please stay at home if at all unwell, even with the mildest symptoms.

Group founder

CIMG was founded by Lesley Lebkowicz in 2008 who offered teaching and support for meditators until early 2021. She practised with Western teachers and Burmese meditation masters in the Mahasi lineage of insight meditation in Burma, Nepal, the United States and Australia. Her main teachers were Michele McDonald, Sayadaw U Pandita, John Hale and Sayadaw U Vivekananda.

Lesley’s guided meditations and Dhamma talks can be found on our audio page, and her translations and Buddhist writings can be found here. Lesley continues to lead retreats at the Blue Mountains and the South Coast.

John McIntyre supported CIMG and led the Dhamma Discussion Group from 2015 to the end of 2019. 

Incline the mind to mindfulness;

Incline the mind to kindness;

That’s all.


Weekly Meditation
Each Sunday 6pm
Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre
32 Archibald Street Lyneham