Teaching – Australia

July 25: One-day insight meditation workshop – ONLINE

Balancing effort and enjoyment

In conjunction with Dharma Brisbane, this one-day on-line workshop will explore the balance between effort and enjoyment in insight meditation. Using the example of the Buddha’s own life story, we will discover creative ways to bring more ease, enjoyment and balance into our meditation and our daily lives.

The day will include short dharma talks, guided and silent meditation, dyad (pairs) practice, and small group discussion.

Using the Zoom platform, our online session times will be:

9:30 – 12:30 pm (with a break mid-way)

1:30 – 4:30 pm (with a break mid-way)

All times are Australia AEST – please check here to work out other time-zones
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

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

Teacher: Jill Shepherd

Workshop cost: The registration fee of AUD$25 covers only a contribution to the costs associated with setting up and running the workshop.

To register: https://events.humanitix.com/insight-meditation-insight-dialogue-one-day-workshop-online

NOTE: 2/3 full, register soon to avoid missing out


July 31 and August 1: Cultivating resilience: fund-raising events for BMIMC – ONLINE

Finding resilience in challenging times

This evening dharma talk plus one-day workshop provides an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice and dharma understanding, reconnect with sangha friends, and support the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre during this time of financial uncertainty.

Using the Zoom platform, we will meet together online to explore a variety of practices aimed at developing and strengthening our capacity to meet life’s inevitable challenges with more steadiness, ease, and even appreciation, so that we might directly experience a balanced heart and mind – no matter what our current circumstances might be.

The workshop will include short dharma talks, guided and silent meditation, dyad (pairs) practice, and small group discussions.

Cost: $10 for evening talk and $25 for one-day workshop + dana*

Times and dates:

Evening talk: 

7:00-8:30 pm Friday 31 July

One-day workshop: 

9:30 am – 4:30 pm Saturday 1 August

Online session times will be:

9:30 – 12:30 pm (with a break mid-way)

1:30 – 4:30 pm (with a break mid-way)

All times are Australia AEST – please check here to work out other time-zones
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html

*The registration fee covers only the cost of event administration. 

In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis. Jill is not paid to offer this workshop and is offering any dana that’s received to BMIMC, to support their ongoing expenses.

To register: https://events.humanitix.com/one-day-workshop-fund-raising-for-bmimc


*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.