Teaching – New Zealand

2017

July 9 – August 13

One-day workshop – Wellington

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 one-day 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.

Most of the day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation, dyad (pairs) meditation, and opportunities for individual meetings with the teacher.

This retreat is suitable for people who have some familiarity with mindfulness and/or insight meditation practice.

Time and date: 9:30 am – 4:30 p.m. Saturday 15 July 2017
Location: Island Bay Retreat and Conference Centre
Cost: $45 + dana*
(cost includes a contribution towards the teacher’s international airfares)
To register: http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/one-day-insight-meditation-workshop/wellington

Drop-in morning meditation sessions with Jill Shepherd

Every week-day morning Monday to Friday, 17-21 July
Private home, Wadestown
7:30-8:00 am sitting, 8:00 am optional Q&A and cup of tea
All welcome
Email Landa for more details: landa@originalnature.co.nz

Insight Dialogue workshop – Wellington

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 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.

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 22 July 2017
Location: Shambhala Centre 6th floor 75 Ghuznee St Wellington
Cost: $45 + dana*
To register: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/introduction-to-insight-dialogue-workshop/wellington
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Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 13 July
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022

Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 27 July
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022

Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 3 August
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022

Insight Dialogue one-day workshop – Auckland

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 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.

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 date: 9:30-4:30 pm Saturday 5 August
Location: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnett Road Westmere 1022 (entrance off Faulder Ave)
Cost: $50 + dana*
To register: http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/introduction-to-insight-dialogue-workshop/auckland/westmere

Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 10 August
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022

Auckland Insight facilitators’ gathering – Auckland

9:30-4:30 pm Saturday 12 August
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnett Road Westmere 1022 (entrance off Faulder Ave)


September 16 – October 12

Dharma talk by Greg Scharf – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 21 September
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022

Seven-day Insight Meditation retreat with Greg Scharf and Jill Shepherd – Coromandel

2017-05-229 Retreat two-thirds full – register soon to avoid missing out

Awakening our Natural Wisdom

Vipassana or insight meditation is the simple direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind/body process with relaxed, open and careful attention. Awareness infused with clear seeing reveals that whatever arises in our experience, is simply the natural display of impersonal conditions. As we learn to observe our experience from a place of stillness and balance supported by wise view, reality is accurately seen and liberating insight arises as a natural result. Loving-kindness or Metta meditation develops the heart’s capacity for patience, acceptance, and forgiveness as we connect with and care for ourselves and others.

This silent retreat will draw primarily on teachings from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, emphasizing continuity of present moment awareness as the foundation for clear seeing and the arising of wisdom. The format will include instruction in both Insight and Loving-kindness meditation, an optional daily period of mindful movement, and meetings with the teachers.

Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teachers.  It is suitable for both beginning and experienced students of meditation.

Greg Scharf bio:

Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992 and has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3 month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society where he is a core teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor to practice.

Greg has a long-standing relationship with the country and people of Burma (Myanmar), where he trained as a Buddhist monk and where he works with a small humanitarian aid project which particularly targets education, health-care, and support of Buddhist Nuns. Currently living in the high country of northern Arizona, Greg’s love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.

Time and dates: 4:30 p.m. Saturday 23 September – 1:00 p.m. Saturday 30 September 2017
Location: Te Moata Retreat Centre 180 Paul Road Tairua 3544
Cost:
Early-bird rate until 22 July 2017 (unless sold out prior): $650
Sliding scale: $630 / $790 + dana*
(cost includes a contribution towards the teachers international airfares)
To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/insight-meditation-one-week-retreat-with-greg-scharf-and-jill-shepherd-tickets-27296877696

Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 12 October 2016
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022


December 6-31

Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 14 December 2016
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022


*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.