Teaching – Australia

AUSTRALIA: March 2019

Two-day Insight Meditation workshop – Newcastle, NSW

Suitable for experienced meditators

Time and dates: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m. 2-3 March 2019
Location: TBA Newcastle NSW
Cost: $TBA + dana*
To register: TBA


One-day Insight Meditation beginner’s workshop – Newcastle, NSW

Suitable for beginners

Time and date: Sunday  9:30 am – 4:30 p.m. 10 March 2019
Location: TBA Newcastle NSW
Cost: $TBA + dana*
To register: TBA


Two-day Insight Dialogue workshop – Newcastle, NSW

Suitable for experienced meditators

Time and dates: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m. 16-17 March 2019
Location: TBA Newcastle NSW
Cost: $TBA + dana*
To register: TBA


AUSTRALIA: June-August 2019

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

Topic to be decided

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 22 June – Saturday 27 July 2019
Location: Benledi House, 186 Glebe Point Road Glebe NSW 2037
Cost: $120 + dana*
To register: TBA

Time and dates – Blue Mountains:
Sundays 10:00-12:00 p.m. Sunday 23 June – Sunday 28 July 201
Location: BMIMC 25 Rutland Road Medlow Bath NSW 2780
Cost: $120 + dana*
To register: TBA


Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Blue Mountains

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/


*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.