Teaching – Australia

AUSTRALIA: June-August 2019

June 2019 Six-week class series – Sydney and Blue Mountains, NSW

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.

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: FULL – please apply to be on waiting list
Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday 22 June – Saturday 27 July 2019
Location: Benledi House, 186 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037
Cost: $120 + dana*
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/six-week-dharma-study-class-series-sydney-registration-52030321091 

Time and dates – Blue Mountains:
Sundays 10:00-12:00 p.m. Sunday 23 June – Sunday 28 July 2019
Location: BMIMC 25 Rutland Road Medlow Bath NSW 2780
Cost: $100 + dana*
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/six-week-dharma-study-class-series-blue-moutains-registration-52049695039


Dharma talk – Sydney, NSW

Befriending the Mind

Time and date: 7:00-9:00 p.m. Monday 15 July
Location: Bluegum Sangha
Don Bank Museum 6 Napier St North Sydney NSW 2060


Dharma talk – Sydney, NSW

Wise Effort and the Middle Way

In the very first discourse that the Buddha gave after his Awakening, he talked about the need for balanced effort. For many of us living busy, complex lives though, this balance can seem hard to find. We tend to get caught in extremes of either striving or apathy, and the benefits of living a more contemplative life elude us. In this evening talk and meditation, we will explore ways of finding and maintaining a balanced approach to dharma practice, so that we can live our lives with more ease, happiness, and freedom.

Time and date: 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tuesday 16 July
Location: Buddhist Library
90 Church St Camperdown NSW 2050


Dharma talk – Sydney, NSW

The Parami of Resolve or Determination

Time and date: 7:30-9:00 p.m. Wednesday 17 July
Location: Association of Engaged Buddhists
20 Victoria St Lewisham NSW


Dharma talk – Sydney, NSW

Topic TBA

7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday 18 July
Location: Golden Wattle Sangha
Lvl 2, Mill Hill Centre, 31-33 Spring Street, Bondi Junction


Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Blue Mountains

FULL – please apply to be on waiting list

Strengthening the two wings of Awakening: Wisdom and Compassion

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.

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

There will be a period of relational meditation on the first two and last two days, while the middle days will be in full silence. Relational or interpersonal meditation involves working in dyads (pairs) to practice mindful speaking and listening, using the guidelines of Insight Dialogue. For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please seehttps://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous insight meditation weekend retreat.

Time and dates: 4:30 p.m. Friday 2 August – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 11 August 2019
Location: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre
Cost: $835 + dana*
To register: http://bmimc.org.au/rgb-retreats/193/9-day-retreat-with-jill-shepherd-strengthening-the-two-wings-of-awakening-wisdom-and-compassion/


Dharma talk – Sydney, NSW

Topic TBA

7:00-9:00 p.m. Monday 12 August
Location: Bluegum Sangha
Don Bank Museum 6 Napier St North Sydney NSW 2060


AUSTRALIA: December 2019

Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Wilton, NSW

Sydney Insight Meditators

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 New Year’s retreat provides 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 brahmavihara heart practices, of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Together, we will strengthen both the wisdom and compassion wings of awakening, through a mix of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, group discussion and individual meetings with the teacher.

There will be a period of relational meditation each afternoon on the first two and last two days, while the middle days will be in full silence.  Relational or interpersonal meditation involves working in dyads (pairs) to practice mindful speaking and listening, using the guidelines of Insight Dialogue. For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

There will also be a period of optional, gentle mindful movement each day.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous insight meditation weekend retreat

Time and dates: 5:00 p.m. Friday 27 December 2019 – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 5 January 2020
Location: Brahma Kumaris Meditation Centre 150 MacArthur Dr, Wilton NSW 2571
Phone: +61 2 4630 8124
Cost: $1260 twin share /  $1530 single room /  $1125 concession + dana*
More info: https://www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org/events-calendar.html
To register: https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=470125


AUSTRALIA: June-July 2020

Seven-day combined Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue workshop – Douglas Park, NSW

In conjunction with the Newcastle Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue communities, this retreat is offered as a way to strengthen both silent and relational insight meditation practice.

Details to follow – for now, please save the dates.

This retreat 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 dates: Saturday 6 June – Friday 12 June 2020
Location: St Mary’s Towers 415 Douglas Park Drive Douglas Park NSW 2569
Cost: $TBA + dana*
To register: TBA


*Dana

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.