Teaching – New Zealand

NEW – Auckland Insight community celebration day

Community celebration for Vesak

In the Buddhist calendar, the full moon in May is used to commemorate the Buddha’s birth, Awakening and passing away, and is a time of celebration in Buddhist communities all around the world.

Auckland Insight warmly invites you to attend our own day of celebration, an opportunity to come together for a day of meditation practice, short dharma talks, small group discussion and informal socialising over a shared meal. 
A light lunch plus morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend, whether you have previously been to our Auckland Insight group meetings or not.

Time and date:
9:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday 30 May 2021

Cost: $10 + dana* (includes a light lunch)  

Register: here (no door sales) 


NEW Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue nine-day retreat – Coromandel

Connecting through silence, solitude, stillness: cultivating the heart of freedom

This nine-day retreat provides a rare opportunity to explore different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings on freedom, through both individual meditation and relational practice. Grounded in Noble Silence and nestled in the natural beauty of the Te Moata environment, we will learn how to relate more skilfully to ourselves, each other, and the world around us through a blend of individual and relational meditation practice and time for deep rest.

We will explore the four establishments of mindfulness and the four brahmavihara heart qualities of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity, as supports for releasing the different obstacles that often show up along the path to freedom. As we learn how to overcome these obstacles, we’re able to live with greater ease, happiness, and peace, and to connect with the wisdom and compassion that are our true nature.

The retreat will include daily instruction in insight meditation each morning. Each afternoon, there will be an optional 2 hour session of relational practice. This involves meditating together in pairs or small groups practising mindful speaking and listening, using the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue to support deep inquiry into the dharma, the Buddha’s teachings.

For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see here

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous insight meditation two-day retreat or longer, but prior Insight Dialogue experience is not required.

Teachers: Jill Shepherd and Elizabeth Faria (relational practice)

Time and dates: 4:30 pm Friday 20 August – 1:00 pm Sunday 29 August 2021

More info and to register: here


Ongoing: Monday Morning Online Sitting

Start your week well by joining Auckland Insight for a regular Monday morning Zoom sitting hosted by our Guiding Teacher, Jill Shepherd
Mondays 7:30- 8:15 am NZT. Everyone is welcome.
​https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3011573331 Meeting ID: 301 157 3331  


Ongoing: Thursday Evening Sitting and Talk

Feel free to join Auckland Insight for a regular Thursday evening sitting and talks by our Guiding Teacher, Jill Shepherd or regular facilitators from the group.
Time and date: Thursdays 7:00- 8:45 pm NZT. Everyone is welcome.
Location: 175 Garnet Road, Westmere 1022 Auckland (entry off Faulder Ave)
You can find previous talks in this series given by Jill to Auckland Insight here:
https://aim.dharmaseed.org/talks/
Please email aucklandinsight@gmail.com for any questions.


*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 – so there will be an opportunity to offer a donation for the teaching at the end of the event.