Teaching – New Zealand

2018


Recommended retreat led by Willa Thaniya Reid and Elizabeth Day

Dates: Friday 28th September through to 7th October Sunday 2018

Awakening through heart cultivation

This retreat fosters the cultivation of the Sublime Abidings of the heart (Brahma Vihara): loving kindness, compassion, gladness, and equanimity. These four heart
qualities are an essential cultivation if our spiritual practice is to ripen in freedom from all stress, Nibbana. Heart cultivation leads us more deeply into presence with
what is happening, here and now; and to an attunement that brings relaxation and relief from contention. This is an embodied practice which, when established,
becomes the way we meet the ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ world. By this practice our lives become a blessing for ourselves and others.
In this retreat, we will encourage you to develop an attuned approach to your meditation and on-going experience – just as it is. This generates a safe holding for
practice in an ethically sensitive environment. Noble silence will be a support to quieten the mind, and deepen the enquiry. There will be daily Dhamma reflections,
Q&A opportunities, and personal practice dialogues offered. The schedule will include structured periods of sitting and walking meditation, as well as the opportunity
for less structured practice for more experienced practitioners. Optional mindful movement will be offered to support the continuity of mindfulness, relaxation, and
vitality.
Willa Thaniya Reid and Elizabeth Day have trained in the Ajahn Chah forest tradition in monasteries in England (where Willa was the senior nun at Cittaviveka). They recognize the value of meditation cultivation and enquiry after decades dedicated to these practices. They offer the fruits of practice, along with their national and international teaching experience.

To register contact Willa and Elizabeth at kihikihi.meditation.yoga@gmail.com



2019

January – February 2019

Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 24 January 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022


Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 31 January 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022


Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 7 February 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022


Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 21 February 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022



April 2019

Five-day Insight Meditation retreat – Auckland

Theme to be advised

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.

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.  Tuesday 2 April – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: TBA
Cost: Sliding scale $TBA + dana*
(cost will include a contribution towards the teacher’s international airfare)
To register: TBA


Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Coromandel

Theme to be advised

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 23 August – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 1 September 2019
Location: Te Moata Retreat Centre 180 Paul Road Tairua 3544
Cost: Sliding scale $TBA + dana*
(cost will include a contribution towards the teacher’s international airfare)
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 often pays for the expenses incurred in offering a retreat, including most international airfares, herself.