Auckland Insight meditation group

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Auckland Insight Meditation Group is a community of people in Auckland, New Zealand, who are interested in exploring meditation together in the Western insight meditation tradition.  This tradition combines insight meditation (vipassana), which is grounded in the practice of mindfulness, and the brahma vihara practices of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity, to develop deeper happiness and peace of mind.
The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings for a meditation and talk/discussion, facilitated by its members and guest teachers and is open to everyone.

For more information visit their website:

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Ongoing: Monday Morning Online Sitting

Start your week well by joining Auckland Insight for a regular Monday morning Zoom sitting kindly hosted by our Guiding Teacher, Jill Shepherd

Mondays 7:30- 8:15 am, followed by an optional chance to check in about your meditation. Everyone is welcome.

Please email for any questions, and to be notified of the Zoom link.


July 2 – August 6: Six-week class series for Auckland Insight

Foundations of Insight Meditation

Over six consecutive Auckland Insight Thursday night group meetings, Jill will give an overview of the core meditation instructions for insight practice, including the four foundations of mindfulness and techniques to strengthen calm and concentration. Each evening will include a guided meditation, a short talk and time for group discussion.

Time and dates: Thursdays 7:00-8:45 p.m. July 2 – August 6 August
Location: 75 Garnet Road (entry off Faulder Ave) Westmere 1022

Cost for all six sessions: dana*

To register: registration not required

Recordings: available on Dharmaseed here

In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teacher is not paid to offer these classes.  Instead, they rely on the generosity of the participants to help them continue to share their teachings with others, and there will be an opportunity at the end of each class to offer donations to support their ongoing teaching.

Recent dharma talks given at Auckland Insight

Auckland Insight now has its own archive at Dharma Seed where you can find talks given by Jill and in future, other visiting teachers:


Practising in Challenging Times

A series of talks given for Auckland Insight March-April 2020 Auckland, New Zealand

2019-09-05 Cultivating a generous heart as the foundation of the path 28:04

Exploring the spirit of generosity, caga, as the foundation from which the whole path of practice develops

2018-04-05 Post-retreat practice

A few suggestions for navigating the transition from retreat practice to daily life practice

2018-03-15 Finding Balance Part 2

Paying attention to effort and enjoyment as a way to maintain a balanced practice

2018-03-08 Finding Balance Part 1

Using the Two Wings to Awakening, Wisdom and Compassion, as a way to maintain a balanced practice

2017-10-12 Is Auckland Insight a secular group? Part 2 

Exploring further contemporary definitions of “secular Buddhism” and whether they apply to Auckland Insight

2017-08-10 Is Auckland Insight a secular group? Part 1

Exploring some contemporary definitions of “secular Buddhism” and whether they apply to Auckland Insight