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.


November 28-29: Insight Dialogue workshop – Auckland

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation into our experience with others. Resting on the foundation of traditional Buddhist teachings, this practice offers a way to integrate wisdom and compassion into our relational lives through mindful speaking and mindful listening.

In this two-day non-residential workshop, we will use the power of relational meditation practice to understand the habits of heart and mind that lead to stress and distress, and how to free ourselves from those habits so that we can live together with greater ease and happiness.

Working together in pairs and small groups, we will explore the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue in conjunction with the classical Buddhist teachings on Wise Speech: speech that is “… spoken at the right time … spoken in truth … spoken affectionately … spoken beneficially … spoken with a mind of good-will.”

For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see

This workshop is best suited to people with an established meditation practice, but previous Insight Dialogue experience is not required.

NOTE: Because the Insight Dialogue guidelines will be taught in sequence and much of the meditation is done in pairs, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire day, both days

Time and dates: 9:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November 2020
Location: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere
Cost: $75 + dana*
To register:
No door sales

*The registration fees cover only a contribution to venue hire, event costs and administration. 

In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teacher is not paid to offer this workshop.  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 the event to offer donations to support their ongoing teaching.

Foundations of Insight Meditation Recordings

Talk series available on Dharmaseed here

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