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Weekly talks from Auckland Insight

A selection of talks and guided meditations given at the weekly meetings of Auckland Insight

Six-week insight meditation retreat

co-teaching with Rebecca Bradshaw, Winnie Nazarko, Bhante Buddharakkhita, Brian LeSage, assisted by Kim Allen and Diana Clark
25 October – 6 December 2022
Insight Meditation Society – Retreat Centre, Barre, Massachusetts USA

This six-week partial of the three-month course is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahāsi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this silent retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.


Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

co-teaching with Diana Robertson
26 August – 4 September 2022
Te Moata Retreat Centre, Tairua, Aotearoa / New Zealand

In the Buddha’s teaching, going on retreat can be understood as a powerful form of “taking refuge,” by temporarily retreating from our external responsibilities to take care of our inner life.
The peaceful natural environment of Te Moata supports deep rest and renewal, which in turn, supports the strengthening of our inner resources, our connection with sangha/community and our capacity to live with more ease and freedom in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in.
This nine-day retreat highlights teachings on the seven factors of awakening and the practical understanding of anattā or not-self


Celebrating Vesak and the Auckland Insight community

A series of short talks and guided meditations on the theme of Vesak and sangha or community
Auckland Insight, Auckland, Aotearoa / New Zealand 22 May 2022


Four-week insight meditation retreat – Forest Refuge

co-teaching with Caroline Jones 1-30 April 2022
Insight Meditation Society – Forest Refuge, Barre, Massachusetts USA
Theme: Seven Factors of Awakening


Talk: Finding (moments of) ease in the midst of it all

Exploring how we get caught in busyness, stress and overwhelm, with suggestions for helping to find moments of ease and equanimity in the midst of it all

Meditation: orienting to ease

Beginning by establishing awareness of the body, then connecting with breathing and opening to spaciousness and ease


Healing the heart, refining the mind, finding freedom

Talks and guided meditations from a nine-day insight retreat
Sydney Insight Meditators, New South Wales, Australia
30 December 2021 – 7 January 2022


Celebrating Vesak and the Auckland Insight community

A series of short talks on the theme of Vesak and spiritual friendship
Auckland Insight, Auckland, New Zealand
30 May 2021


Living a Life of Mutual Benefit: Exploring the Noble Eightfold Path

A series of talks on the Noble Eightfold Path
Auckland Insight, Auckland, New Zealand
18 February – June 2021


Nine-day insight meditation retreat

Finding the Heart of Freedom

March 2021
Te Moata Retreat Centre, Tairua, New Zealand


An introduction to brahmavihara practice

A series of talks and guided meditations on the four brahmavihara qualities of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity
Online for Insight San Diego, California, USA
26-28 February 2021


Intro to Insight Meditation

A series of talks for beginning meditators, given to the Mahurangi West community
October-November 2020
Mahurangi West, Auckland, New Zealand


Practising in Challenging Times

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

Project Another Country 4

(photo from Project Another Country by Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan at Auckland Art Gallery)


Five-day metta retreat – IMS

co-teaching with Oren Sofer, nakawe cuebas and Jessica Morey
14-19 February 2020
Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts USA

OS teaching team


Four-week insight meditation retreat – Forest Refuge

co-teaching with Caroline Jones
1-30 November 2019
Insight Meditation Society – Forest Refuge, Barre, Massachusetts USA

Jill and Caroline photo


Six-week insight meditation retreat

co-teaching with Guy Armstrong, Carol Wilson, Annie Nugent, Brian LeSage, assisted by Dawn Scott and Devin Berry
10 September – 22 October 2019
Insight Meditation Society – Retreat Centre, Barre, Massachusetts USA

P1 teaching team


Nine-day insight meditation retreat

Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion

August 2019
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, NSW Australia

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Six-week study and practice course

Transforming Fear into Fearlessness

The Four Noble Truths that form the heart of the Buddha’s teaching invite us to examine our relationship to dukkha: stress, distress, unsatisfactoriness, suffering. Most of us though, have an instinctive resistance to suffering, so we need to practice working skilfully with the different levels of fear that often show up along the path to freedom. As we learn how to release ourselves from the confines of these fears, we’re able to live with greater ease, happiness, and peace, and to connect with the wisdom and compassion that are our true nature.

June – July 2019
Sydney and Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, NSW Australia


Noble Eightfold Path study course

Six-week study course
15 January – 19 February 2017
Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, NSW Australia

The path to freedom laid out by the Buddha is a very holistic one, comprising ethical action, meditative development and wisdom.  Although the Buddha emphasised the importance of developing all three of these aspects together, meditation practice is often given the most importance and the other two aspects are sometimes overlooked.

During this six-week course, we explored the Noble Eightfold Path as a comprehensive training to integrate dharma understanding into our daily lives.  This integration then supports the deepening of insight and wisdom, which in turn, refines our capacity to live skillfully in the world, with greater ease and freedom.

Recordings plus recommended reading list

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