Teaching – Australia

AUSTRALIA: February-March 2019

One-day Insight Dialogue workshop – Brisbane, QLD

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 wisdom and compassion into our relational lives through mindful speaking and mindful listening.

In this one-day non-residential workshop, 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 together with greater ease and happiness.

Working together in pairs, we will explore the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue in conjunction with the classical Buddhist teachings on Wise Speech: speech that is “… spoken at the right time … spoken in truth … spoken affectionately … spoken beneficially … spoken with a mind of good-will.”

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

This workshop is best suited to people with an established meditation practice, but previous Insight Dialogue experience is not required.

NOTE: Because the Insight Dialogue guidelines will be taught in sequence and much of the meditation is done in pairs, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire day

Time and dates: 9:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday 23 February 2019
Location: Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre 223 Dennis Road, Springwood QLD 4127 Australia

Cost:  dana*
To register: contact lulucook@icloud.com


Two-day Insight Meditation workshop – Newcastle, NSW

Befriending the Mind

One common misperception of meditation is that it aims to stop thinking. However, the aim of insight meditation is to develop a more skilful relationship to every aspect of our experience, including our thoughts and emotions.

During this two-day non-residential workshop, we will explore ways to befriend the mind, to let go of unhelpful mental habits, and to cultivate helpful ones: states of heart and mind that lead to greater ease, happiness, and freedom.

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.
Pre-requisite at least one previous insight meditation one-day workshop.

Time and dates: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m. 2-3 March 2019
Location: St Andrew’s, 31a Church Street, Mayfield NSW 2304
Cost: $80/$50 + dana*
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/insight-meditation-two-day-workshop-newcastle-2019-tickets-52287158298


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

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 am – 4:30 p.m. Sunday 10 March 2019
Location: St Andrew’s, 31a Church Street, Mayfield NSW 2304
Cost: $50 + dana*
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/insight-meditation-one-day-beginners-workshop-newcastle-2019-tickets-52289071019


Two-day Insight Dialogue workshop – Newcastle, NSW

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 two-day non-residential 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 dates: Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m. 16-17 March 2019
Location: St Andrew’s, 31a Church Street, Mayfield NSW 2304
Cost: $80/$50 + dana*
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/insight-dialogue-two-day-workshop-newcastle-2019-tickets-52289335811


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:
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


16TH SAKYADHITA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUDDHIST WOMEN – NEW HORIZONS IN BUDDHISM

Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW

Guest speakers include Joan Halifax Roshi and Tenzin Palmo

Dates: Sunday 23 June – Friday 28 June 2019
To register: http://www.sakyadhita2019.org.au/events/16th-sakyadhita-international-conference-on-buddhist-women/custom-17-5f00461b040a4a0da3a4ee74ec069410.aspx


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/


AUSTRALIA: December 2019

Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Wilton, NSW

Sydney Insight Meditators

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: $??? + dana*
More info: https://www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org/events-calendar.html
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.