Mass meditation – Focus for a moment


Mass Meditation Photo by Buddha's Birthday Perth

Razia Osmani, Reporter

When you hear the word meditation? What comes to mind?

If you said you don’t find meditation easy, and you imagine yourself sitting in a quiet place on the floor with your eyes closed, legs crossed, hands on your knees, then you are not wrong.

But what if I told you there are numerous different kinds of meditation practices and techniques that have been around for thousands of years, including modern variations.

The word meditation is derived from the Latin term “meditatum”, meaning “to ponder”.

To ponder is to think, review, reflect, and muse on, turning something over in one’s mind is to meditate.

In Hinduism and Buddhism meditation is referred to as “dhyāna“, which is derived from the Sanskrit word “dhyai”, meaning to contemplate.

Meditation is also practised in Jewish Kabbalah, Christian Hesychasm, Islamic Sufism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Baha’I, Pagan and Occult religions, Modern Spirituality, and New Age practices.

From Spiritual Meditation to Mindfulness Meditation, Movement Meditation, Focused Meditation, Visualization Meditation, and Chanting Meditation, it is a chance to ponder about one’s life, and in doing so, one is trying to bring attention to being present in the moment.

The real challenge with this is the human mind can often have a “mind” of its own, where it can often drift away to past events, or start to wonder about things to come.

Some research indicates that thinking obsessively about the past in regret can lead to depression, similarly thinking of the future, in terms of worrying about what can go wrong or what might happen, can trigger anxiety. However, there are many other contributing factors and reasons which can cause such medical conditions, for further information click here.

Meditation has proven to help with bringing your thoughts to focus on the present moment, which helps with relaxation.

If you have not yet tried to meditate, you can check out the Mass Meditation and Tea Meditation at Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival.

The two-day Festival celebrates Buddha’s birthday, and runs from 11am on Saturday 13 April to 5pm Sunday 14 April.

Last year over 200 people from across Perth attended, and you don’t have to be Buddhist, spiritual or religious to join in, as it is a Multicultural Festival.

The Mass/Tea Meditation will take place on Sunday 14 April from 9am to 10.30am. The meditation will commence with a Tai Chi warm-up, followed by the Mass Meditation, guided by the Fo Guang Shan Monastery Venerables, while Tea Meditation is conducted by the Tea Masters.

  • Date: Sunday 14 April 2019.
  • Time: 9am to 10.30am.
  • Location: Supreme Court Gardens, Riverside Drive, Perth.
  • Price: Free entry for Mass Meditation, and $10 entry fee for Tea Meditation.
  • To register for the Mass/Tea Meditation click here.
  • For more information click here.

If you can’t make it to the Mass and Tea Meditation event, don’t worry. There are many other places you can attend to meditate, or you can simply try it in the comfort of your own home through YouTube videos. See the list below for some suggestions.

  1. Mindfulness Meditation Perth
  2. Kadampa Meditation Centre
  3. Perth Meditation
  4. Free Meditation Classes Throughout Perth
  5. 20 Minute Mindfulness Meditation for Being Present on Youtube
  6. Healthdirect Meditation


The information provided is general in nature and suggestions only, if you have any health concerns please seek advice from your doctor. Or click here for more information.