Teaching – Australia

AUSTRALIA: August 14 – September 15

Two-day workshop with Jill Shepherd and Gawaine Powell-Davies – Sydney, NSW

Exploring Anatta: a workshop on the experience of not-self

Of all the Buddha’s teachings, anatta, not self, is perhaps the most surprising. What kind of ‘self’ is being denied? What is it like not to be a ‘self’? How does this relate to our experience, and what does it mean for our dharma practice and how we live?

In this workshop we will explore these issues through reading, discussion, meditation and personal exploration.

Time and dates: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm August 26-27
Location: Benledi House 186 Glebe Point Road Glebe (beside Glebe Library) NSW 2037
Cost: Concession $60, Standard $100 + dana*
To register: http://www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org/exploring-anatta.html

Two-week Insight Meditation retreat with Greg Scharf and Jill Shepherd – Blue Mountains, NSW

2 April 2017: full – please apply to be on the waiting list

Awakening our Natural Wisdom

Vipassana or insight meditation is the simple direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind/body process with relaxed, open and careful attention. Awareness infused with clear seeing reveals that whatever arises in our experience, is simply the natural display of impersonal conditions. As we learn to observe our experience from a place of stillness and balance supported by wise view, reality is accurately seen and liberating insight arises as a natural result. Loving-kindness or Metta meditation develops the heart’s capacity for patience, acceptance, and forgiveness as we connect with and care for ourselves and others.

This silent retreat will draw primarily on teachings from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, emphasizing continuity of present moment awareness as the foundation for clear seeing and the arising of wisdom. The format will include instruction in both Insight and Loving-kindness meditation, an optional daily period of mindful movement, and meetings with the teachers.

Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teachers.  It is suitable for both beginning and experienced students of meditation.

Teachers: Greg Scharf and Jill Shepherd

Greg Scharf bio:

Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992 and has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3 month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society where he is a core teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor to practice.

Greg has a long-standing relationship with the country and people of Burma (Myanmar), where he trained as a Buddhist monk and where he works with a small humanitarian aid project which particularly targets education, health-care, and support of Buddhist Nuns. Currently living in the high country of northern Arizona, Greg’s love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.

Time and dates: 4:00 p.m. Friday 1 September – 1:00 p.m. Friday 15 September 2017
Location: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre 25 Rutland Road Medlow Bath NSW 2780
Cost: $1070 + airfare supplement + dana*
To register: http://bmimc.org.au/booking-for-a-retreat/

AUSTRALIA: December 2017 – January 2018

One-week retreat – Blue Mountains

Save the dates – details to be advised …

Time and dates: 28 December 2017 – 4 January 2018
Location: TBA
Cost: $TBA + dana*

Weekend Insight Dialogue workshop – Sydney

Save the dates – details to be advised …

Time and dates: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2018
Location: Buddhist Library, 90-92 Church St Camperdown Sydney NSW 2050
Cost: $TBA + dana*

AUSTRALIA: April 7 – June 10, 2018

Various insight meditation and Insight Dialogue workshops – Newcastle

Time and dates: April 13-30, 2018
Location: Newcastle

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

Theme to be advised …

Each two-hour class will include a short dharma talk, some silent meditation practice, and time for small group discussion.  During the six weeks of the course, you will be invited to maintain (or establish) a regular sitting practice and keep a practice journal, to help inform the discussion during each meeting.

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: $TBA + dana*

Time and dates – Blue Mountains: Sundays 10:00-12:00 p.m. Sunday 6 May – 10 June 2018
Location: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center, 25 Rutland Road Medlow Bath NSW 2780
Cost: $TBA + dana*
To register: TBA

AUSTRALIA: July 2018

Seven-day study retreats with Bhikkhu Anaalayo – NSW

August 2017: Two places left in second week only

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.