Audio Recordings

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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

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

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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

Freedom Here and Now

August 2019
Te Moata Retreat Centre, Tairua, New Zealand

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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

Weekend workshop

Befriending the Mind

8-9 June 2019
Mariposa Sangha, Austin TX

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

Wisdom and Compassion

Nine-day insight meditation retreat
3-12 August 2018
Te Moata Retreat Centre, Tairua, New Zealand

This nine-day insight meditation retreat offers an opportunity to strengthen both the wisdom and the compassion wings of awakening. We will explore a variety of different practices taken from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahma-vihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

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Six-week study and practice course

5 May – June, 2018
Sydney and Blackheath, NSW

Exploring Anatta: constructing and de-constructing the sense of self

Over the course of six classes, we will explore what the Buddha was pointing to when he stated that all experience is impermanent (anicca), unsatisfactory (dukkha), and not-self (anatta). Focusing particularly on the aspect of anatta, we will approach this key teaching in a variety of ways, to help understand how it leads to greater ease, happiness, and freedom in our lives.

Five-day insight meditation retreat

23-28 March, 2018
Auckland Insight, Huia

What is Insight?

Within the Buddha’s teachings, mindfulness is practised as a means to insight, the wisdom that leads to the deepest freedom of heart and mind.  In this five day retreat we will explore different ways of understanding and experiencing insight, so that we can live our lives with greater calm, clarity and compassion.

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sunrise at Huia camp

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)

Seven-day insight meditation retreat

28 December 2017 – 4 January 2018
Sydney Insight Meditators, Katoomba NSW Australia

Releasing and renewing: strengthening the two wings to Awakening

Traditionally, the New Year is a time to take stock of our lives, to let go of what no longer serves, and to reconnect more fully with what inspires us.

In service of this, SIM’s annual seven-day retreat will provide an opportunity to deepen an experiential understanding of insight meditation, exploring a variety of different practices taken from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as well as the four brahma-vihara heart practices, of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

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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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