April 4: Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue one-day workshop – London, England – NOW ONLINE
Exploring the relationship between silent Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue practice
Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice grounded in core Buddhist teachings that cultivate wisdom and compassion as a path to complete freedom of heart and mind.
Through guided meditations, relational dialogues, and teachings drawn from the Satipatthana Sutta or Four Establishments of Mindfulness (the key discourse for insight practice), Jill will offer us the opportunity to explore how silent insight meditation supports our relational practice of Insight Dialogue.
Note: while the day will include some relational practice, it will not be a classic ID day-long event. It is best suited to people who have some familiarity with Insight Dialogue, because formal instruction in the six guidelines of ID will not be given.
For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/
Time and date: 9:30-4:30 pm Saturday 4 April 2020
Location: ONLINE – details to follow
Cost: £10 + dana*
To register: https://all-day-with-jill-shepherd-4apr19.eventbrite.com
April 10-12: Three-day non-residential Insight Dialogue workshop – Bristol, England – NOW ONLINE
Cultivating Joy and Resilience in Challenging Times
Bristol Zen Centre is pleased to welcome visiting insight meditation teacher Jill Shepherd for a three-day non-residential retreat, co-taught with Insight Dialogue teacher Jane Cutler.
Weaving together the practices of zen, insight meditation and Insight Dialogue, we will explore ways to meet life’s joys and challenges with more balance and ease, while embracing the reality of change and the need for an appropriate response.
In support of developing this resilient heart and mind, our time together will include silent and guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, sessions of Insight Dialogue (relational practice meditating together in pairs or small groups), optional mindful movement and some optional opportunities for individual practice meetings with the teachers.
This retreat is best suited to people who have some experience of silent practice, but prior Insight Dialogue experience is not required.
For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please go to www.metta.org
Teachers: Jill Shepherd and Jane Cutler
Time and dates: 9:30-4:30 pm each day, Friday 10 April – Sunday 12 April 2020
Location: ONLINE – details to follow
Cost: £20 + dana*
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/insight-dialogue-retreat-joy-and-resilience-in-challenging-times-tickets-90504372013
June 13-14 – July 18-19: Six-week class series – ONLINE
Cultivating resilience in challenging times:
Learning from the “heavenly messengers”
This six-week online course offers an opportunity to develop and strengthen our inner resources of kindness, compassion, calm and clarity, through an exploration of what are traditionally known as “the four heavenly messengers.”
In Buddhist teaching, these are four archetypes that symbolise the existential challenges we face, and the way to overcome those challenges. The four are a sick person, an aged person, a dying person, and a contemplative.
At first glance, these messengers might not sound so heavenly, but by learning how to relate to their messages skilfully, they help us to live our lives with more ease, happiness, and peace.
The course is best suited to people who have sat at least one seven-day silent meditation retreat, but prior Buddhist study is not necessary.
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.
Because this is a group learning process, participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all six sessions of the course, and to allow at least two hours a week for personal study and reflections to be shared with the group.
Feel free to contact Jill if you have any questions about this.
Teacher: Jill Shepherd http://jill0shepherd-insightmeditation.com
Cost for all six sessions: $50 + dana*
Times and dates:
Option 1 (30 people max)
Singapore SGT 7:00-9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Sydney AEST 9:00-11:00 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Auckland NZT 11:00-1:00 p.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
San Francisco PDT 4:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday afternoons 13 June – Saturday 18 July 2020
New York EDT 7:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday evenings 13 June – Saturday 18 July 2020
Option 2 (30 people max)
Singapore SGT 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoons 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Sydney AEST 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday evenings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Auckland NZT 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday evenings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
London GMT 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
*The registration fee covers only a contribution to course administration, and booking fees.
In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teacher is not paid to offer this workshop. Instead, they rely on the generosity of the participants to help them continue to share their teachings with others, and there will be an opportunity at the end of each class to offer donations to support their ongoing teaching.