Teaching – Australia

AUSTRALIA: April 7 – June 10, 2018

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies: Entering The Path online course

27 February 2018 Update: due to last-minute cancellations, two places have opened up
Apply here before 31 March:

Interested in studying the suttas but find them too complex, dense? Not sure how to apply them to your practice?
Here’s a way in: twelve weeks of engaging in early Buddhist practice and study in an intensive online community

This online course offers video lectures by teachers Bhikkhu Analayo, Ajahn Candasiri, Shaila Catherine, Jake Davis, John Peacock, Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg, roughly six 10-minute segments per week.

Connect in small groups with guiding teacher Jill Shepherd weekly for one hour. Meetings are conducted through video conferencing software on computer, mobile or tablet.

One-on-one meetings via video conference with the guiding teachers available throughout the program for personal practice explorations.

Dharma talk – Sydney

Time and date: 7:30-9:00 pm Wednesday 11 April
Location: Association of Engaged Buddhists, 20 Victoria St, Lewisham NSW 2049

Dharma talk – Sydney

Time and date: 7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 12 April
Location: Golden Wattle room 2, L2 Mill Hill Centre, 31-33 Spring St Bondi Junction NSW 2022

Insight Meditation weekend workshop – Newcastle

17 March 2018 update: only 2 places left

Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion

This two-day non-residential workshop will provide 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.

Each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, group discussion, optional individual meetings with the teacher and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

Experience level: This workshop is suitable for people who have some familiarity with mindfulness and/or insight meditation practice.
Time and dates: 10:30-5:30 Saturday April 14 and 9:30-4:30 Sunday April 15
(note different times each day)
Location: 2 Percy St Hamilton NSW 2303
To register: https://insight-meditation-two-day-workshop-newcastle-2018.eventbrite.com.au
No door sales

Insight Meditation workshop for beginners – Newcastle

Insight meditation harnesses the power of mindfulness to develop understanding in all aspects of our lives, which leads to greater ease, happiness, and peace of mind.

This one-day workshop is suitable for anyone new to insight meditation practice, as well as those who would like to deepen their understanding of a range of insight meditation methods.  

We will explore many different mindfulness techniques through guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, dyad (pairs) practice, group discussion and optional individual meetings with the teacher.

Time and date: 9:30-4:30 Sunday April 22
Location: 2 Percy St Hamilton NSW 2303
To register: https://insight-meditation-one-day-beginners-workshop.eventbrite.com.au
No door sales

Insight Dialogue workshop – Newcastle

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 our dedication to a path of wisdom and compassion with our relational lives.

In this afternoon and one-day workshop, we will explore the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue in conjunction with the classical Buddhist teachings.  Working together in pairs, 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 with greater ease and happiness.

This workshop is best suited to people who have some experience of insight/vipassana/mindfulness meditation, but prior Insight Dialogue experience is not required.

For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

Time and date: Saturday 1:30-5:30 April 28, Sunday 9:30-4:30 April 29
Location: 2 Percy St Hamilton NSW 2303
To register: https://insight-dialogue-workshop-newcastle-2018.eventbrite.com.au
No door sales

Dharma talk – Sydney

Time and date: 7:00-9:00 pm Tuesday 1 May
Location: Buddhist Library 90-92 Church St Camperdown NSW 2050

2018-05-05 Six-week class series – Sydney and Blue Mountains

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.

Each two-hour class will include a short dharma talk, some silent meditation practice, dyad (pairs) practice, and small group discussion.

During the six weeks of the course, you will be invited to maintain a regular sitting practice and keep a practice journal, to help inform the discussion during each meeting.

The course is best suited to people who have an established meditation practice, have sat at least one seven-day silent insight/vipassana retreat, and have some familiarity with the core Buddhist teachings (eg the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness).  Feel free to contact Jill if you have any questions about this.

Time and dates – Sydney: Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday 5 May – 9 June 2018
Location: Buddhist Library, 90-92 Church St Camperdown Sydney NSW 2050
Cost: $120 + dana*
To register: https://six-week-class-dharma-study-sydney.eventbrite.com.au

Time and dates – Blue Mountains: Sundays 10:00-12:00 p.m. Sunday 6 May – 10 June 2018
Location: Masonic Hall (upstairs above Montessori School, entry right side) 95 Wentworth St Blackheath NSW 2785
Cost: $100 + dana*
To register:https://six-week-class-dharma-study-blue-mountains.eventbrite.com.au

Dharma talk – Sydney

Time and date: 7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 10 May
Location: Golden Wattle room 2, L2 Mill Hill Centre, 31-33 Spring St Bondi Junction NSW 2022

Dharma talk – Sydney

Time and date: 7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 7 June
Location: Golden Wattle room 2, L2 Mill Hill Centre, 31-33 Spring St Bondi Junction NSW 2022

AUSTRALIA: 6-28 July 2018

Seven-day study retreats with Bhikkhu Anaalayo – NSW

21 February 2018: course full – please apply to be on waiting list

Bhikkhu Analayo is a German scholar-monk and the author of Satipatthaana: The Direct Path to Realization, Perspectives on Satipatthaana, and Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pali Discourses. He is a Core Faculty Member at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg.

This course will undertake an in-depth study of mindfulness meditation based on a comparative study of the three extant versions of the Satipatthaana-sutta, where besides the well-known version in the Pali Canon, two parallels have been preserved in Chinese.

The course is meant for experienced practitioners of meditation only, who wish to deepen their understanding of the canonical source material. While based on the academic method of research, the emphasis throughout the course will be on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice. The course will combine study and discussion sessions in the mornings with meditation practice during the rest of the day.

Time and dates: July 14-28 2018
Location: St Mary’s Towers 415 Douglas Park Drive Douglas Park NSW 2569
(approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from central Sydney)
Cost: sliding scale + dana*
Prerequisite: minimum four previous nine-day insight meditation retreats
To register:https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seven-day-study-retreats-with-bhikkhu-anaalayo-australia-july-2018-tickets-32110444203


In most Buddhist traditions the teachers are not paid to teach. Instead, the teachings are given on a ‘dana’ basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely. At the end of the course, participants are invited to reciprocate this generosity by offering dana to support the teacher. Jill is an independent meditation teacher and is not financially supported by any meditation centre or Buddhist organisation. She relies on dana for her livelihood, and pays for all the expenses incurred in offering a retreat, including most international airfares, herself.