Audio Recordings

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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


Finding the Heart of Wisdom

A seven-day insight meditation retreat weaving together a range of different insight meditation techniques to both strengthen the heart, and open the mind. Building on a foundation of mindfulness and insight practice, we cultivate the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity, so that we can respond more wisely and compassionately to whatever life brings us.
Assisted by Di Roberts and Julie Downard
23-30 January 2021
Staveley Camp, Canterbury, New Zealand


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

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(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

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Four-week insight meditation retreat – Forest Refuge

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

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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


Four-week insight meditation retreat

co-teaching with Caroline Jones
5-31 December 2018
Insight Meditation Society – Forest Refuge, Barre, Massachusetts, USA

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Six-week insight meditation retreat

co-teaching with Rebecca Bradshaw, Greg Scharf, Winnie Nazarko, Brian LeSage, DaRa Williams, assisted by Dawn Scott
23 October – 4 December 2018
Insight Meditation Society – Retreat Centre, Barre, Massachusetts, USA

2018-11-05 P2 teaching team

Seven-day insight meditation retreat with Gil Fronsdal

24 February – 3 March 2018
Insight Retreat Center, Scotts Valley California, USA

A silent mindfulness retreat exploring the Four Noble Truths, with alternating sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, work meditation, and practice discussion with the teachers – Gil Fronsdal, Jill Shepherd, and Oren Sofer.

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Nine-day insight meditation retreat with Joseph Goldstein

2-11 February 2018
Insight Meditation Society, Barre Massachusetts, USA

The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation retreat

Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

2018-02-02 nine-day retreat IMS teachers
Left to right: nakawe cuebas (assistant), George Mumford, Joseph Goldstein, Jill Shepherd, Eowyn Ahlstrom (yoga teacher), Devon Hase (assistant)

Six-week insight meditation retreat

24 October – 5 December 2017
Insight Meditation Society, Barre Massachusetts

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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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