Welcome to Meetings in Truth
What is Meetings in Truth?
Meetings in Truth is an opportunity to deepen conversations and awareness through question and answer inquiry with an awakened teacher, which reveals underlying truths about our lives, our minds and what lies beyond our human conditioning.
It is this conditioning and our ego identification that often trips us up again and again, leaving us feeling separate, dissatisfied and uneasy with life.
Meetings in Truth provides an opportunity to become more conscious of our subconscious and unconscious processes; this is a form of self-inquiry practice where we can develop the witness of our experience and recognise our true nature.
Satsang is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Truth meetings’ and provides an invitation to seek higher consciousness in the presence, silence and stillness provided by an enlightened teacher.
All are welcome.
Meetings in Truth with Vishrant
What to expect?
Meetings in Truth begin with a 10-minute sound bowl meditation. This is to allow you the space to settle in, to feel calm and become quiet within.
These meetings are typically held in question and answer format on a variety of topics related to higher consciousness, true happiness and enlightenment.
The topics covered range widely and many people take the opportunity to look a little deeper at the challenges they are encountering in life and the obstacles standing in their way to living a happy and conscious life with less resistance and more flow.
You will be greeted at the door and seating is provided for your comfort.
We kindly request that you leave your shoes at the door, so please bring socks with you to wear inside.
To see if Meetings in Truth is happening on a particular Friday evening, see our Facebook Page. The monthly posts show dates for sessions.
Attendance is by donation. Suggested donation is $20.
We ask that if you have any cold or flu symptoms, please stay home to protect the health and wellbeing of others. You are welcome to attend the meeting via Zoom instead.
Vishrant also works closely with a small group of dedicated students at Mystic Heart Mystery School to help them reveal their internal veils, raise their consciousness levels and discover who they truly are.
The Mystery School program involves practices towards higher consciousness, healing the wounds of the heart and removing all obstacles in the way of opening the mind and awakening the heart.
Vishrant is in service to all those who are interested in heart and enlightenment.
If you wish to attend a casual session at our Mystery School you are welcome to call or text The Vishrant Buddhist Society on 0438 831 883.
Silent retreats are an invitation to drop into the silence and stillness, to deepen your awareness and discover your true nature.
Silent retreats offer you an opportunity to enter a space where you can remove the distractions of everyday living and deepen your awareness.
Vishrant holds 5 Silent Retreats per year in Perth, Western Australia and they range from 4 to 7 days. There is a high level of self-investigation and inquiry during the retreat, and you will experience a welcoming from fellow seekers to support your personal practices and meditation journey.
The retreat program consists of active and formal meditation, multiple Satsangs with Vishrant throughout both day and evening, and silent periods between Satsang sessions.
During Satsang, you will listen to discourse and discuss and investigate your true nature. The in-depth dialogue, deeper inquiry and silent contemplation during retreats can help bring about the clarity from which you can see layers of your own emotional and mental patterns, understand the source of your own suffering, and reveal and remove obstacles to your experiencing true freedom.
The insight gained from sitting in the presence of an awakened teacher and deep self-inquiry could also allow many people to experience satori, a glimpse into the truth of who we really are.
Vishrant, the Pragmatic Guru
Vishrant is an Australian-born spiritual teacher who has dedicated his life to helping raise consciousness in all who are willing. He has been guiding seekers towards finding higher consciousness and discovering their true nature since his awakening in 1999.
He points people towards a direct path to truth with a crystal clear, no-nonsense approach. His keen sense of humour relaxes the mind, his pragmatic teaching style cuts through the ego, helping students reveal and remove the obstacles to experiencing freedom.
Vishrant embodies a total dedication to truth and heart, living in openness and teaching The Way of the Heart, a noble path, to be in service to all he comes in contact with.
Find out more about Vishrant here.
The Vishrant Buddhist Society
The Vishrant Buddhist Society is a non-profit organisation located in Perth, Western Australia, dedicated to serving as a centre for spiritual seekers to investigate their true nature and promote the development of higher consciousness.
The Society supports spiritual seekers in achieving happiness and enlightenment through providing formal Satsang, silent retreats and offering educational services.
The Society also runs Restful Waters, a Wellness Centre that provides community services including Meditation, Yoga and Tai Chi Classes, Counselling Services, Courses and Events, Corporate Mindfulness Training and School Mindfulness Programs. These services aim to provide the community with practical skills and help bring about awareness, calmness and clarity into people’s lives every day.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is openness?
Openness is the opposite to closure or resistance. When there is no internal resistance there is just openness. Openness can’t be measured in positive terms because it is actually an absence of closure. In true openness, there is the experience of being nobody a nothingness. This is a very beautiful experience.
What is enlightenment?
Enlightenment contrary to popular belief is not something that happens to you, it occurs when there is an absence of you. When this that is aware of the mind (pure awareness) becomes aware of itself, in other words, beingness. The experience of this for the mind can be one of an oceanic feeling, non duality everything being one or an absence of anything at all . Emptiness in form, emptiness being in non form. If this beingness being aware of itself lasts for a short time it is called satori, if it is ongoing it is called awakening. Enlightenment can only truly be in this moment for this is the only moment that is real.
What is meditation?
Meditation is being present to what is real, the only thing that is not real is your mind, its thoughts, its emotions, its dreams. So by having awareness aware of anything other than the mind, you are in meditation.
How to meditate?
Being present to what is real needs to be established, what is real is anything but your thoughts. Your thoughts are not real they are dream. Meditation is putting awareness on that, that is real. Your breath is real. Allow your awareness to focus on your breath, watch the inhale, the gap or space before the turn of the breath, the exhale of breath, the gap before the inward turn of breath. Simply let your thoughts go as they arise and keep brining your awareness to your breath. Keeping your eyes open and at a 45 degree angle (looking down). This meditation removes distractions which tend to take people into dream, such as eyes closed visual or audio guided meditation. Instead the intention is to slow down, be still and silent. Developing a mind that is detached from developing delusions and supporting aversion in order to become are of the silence and stillness that everything appears in.
What is dream?
All thought is dream, you may think these thoughts are real but in reality they are all dream, so in giving away thoughts for something that is real like the breath we are learning to surrender the dream for reality. In putting our awareness on what is real we are learning to truly live in the moment aware of what is real instead of what is dream and out of the moment. Mindfulness is the best way to regain reality from the dream you find yourself in. By mindfulness i mean being aware of what you are doing instead of being aware of what you are thinking. In other words being present to what is real instead of what is not real. In this way we can develop present moment awareness. Living in the now instead of in a mind dream.
What is present moment awareness?
Being here now but not in your mind, being in reality. It is being mindful of what is real; the only thing that is not real is the mind and its stories.
What is going beyond the mind?
The mind appears in beingness as everything does. When awareness becomes aware of itself (beingness) this is going beyond the mind, this is knowing self as reality.
Read more about Meetings in Truth here.
What is the benefit in attending Meetings in Truth?
Satsang reveals your true nature through the presence of an awakened teacher. Satsang also helps remove the illusions created by the mind. The qualities perceived after attending Satsang sessions are increased clarity and an effortless openness in which the mind can rest.
What do I need to do in Meetings in Truth?
Meetings in Truth is a gathering which generally involves dialogue in form of questions and answers between seekers and teacher. In this exchange, a transmission is possible from teacher to seekers.
Being honest and having internal integrity is vital during the exchanges within the group. The opportunity to see through the mind resides in your ability to have the courage to ask questions as the teacher reveals the obstacles that are in the way of enlightenment.
How do I best participate in Meetings in Truth?
Be present to the teacher and relax.
How do I know if I am advancing spiritually?
A good indicator is to see how open you are in life especially when things are becoming difficult, advancing is effortless equanimity whilst under pressure.
How do I get Vishrant's attention to ask him questions?
During the meetings, Vishrant will invite questions or reports from seekers. Simply Namaste ? with your hands, say “beep”, and you’ll be attended to.