Teaching – New Zealand

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.

Please email aucklandinsight@gmail.com for any questions, and to be notified of the Zoom link.


Ongoing (during Level 2 lockdown): Thursday Evening Online Sitting and Talk

Feel free to join Auckland Insight for a regular Thursday evening Zoom sitting and talk hosted by our Guiding Teacher, Jill Shepherd, or regular facilitators from the group.

Thursdays 7:00- 8:45 pm NZT. Everyone is welcome.

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, and to be notified of the Zoom link.


Eight-week online Dharma Study and Practice class series October-November 2020

Cultivating resilience in challenging times:  

Learning from the “heavenly messengers” 

This eight-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. In addition to these four, we can also include the current challenges of the climate crisis and racial and social injustice.

At first glance, these messengers might not sound so heavenly, but by learning how to relate to their messages skilfully, they can help us to live our lives with more ease, happiness, and peace. 

Each two-hour class will include a short dharma talk, some silent meditation practice, dyad (pairs) practice, and small group discussion. The course will use the Canvas online platform to provide talk recordings, guided meditations, and additional reading. 

This course is best suited to people who have sat at least one seven-day silent meditation retreat, but prior Buddhist study is not necessary. Some of the material may be challenging for people who have recently experienced a bereavement or other life stressors, so please feel free to contact Jill if you have any questions about this.

NOTE: Because this is a group learning process, participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all eight sessions of the course, and to allow at least two hours a week for personal study and reflections to be shared with the group. 
Each week there will be an assignment in the form of a short written reflection, and a response will be required to access the next week’s resources.

Teacher: Jill Shepherd http://jill0shepherd-insightmeditation.com

Cost for all eight sessions: $80 + dana*  

Times and dates of Zoom group meetings: 

Please double-check your time-zone conversion here

Option 1

SydneyAEST 6:00-8:00 a.m.Sunday mornings4 October –
22 November 2020 
AucklandNZT 8:00-10:00 a.m.Sunday mornings4 October –
22 November 2020
   
San FranciscoPDT 12:00-2:00 p.m.
(note time will change to 11:00-1:00 pm from 1 November due to Daylight Saving Time ending) 
Saturday afternoons 3 October – 
21 November 2020
New York EDT 3:00-5:00 p.m.
(note time will change to 2:00-4:00 pm from 1 November due to Daylight Saving Time ending) 
Saturday afternoons 3 October – 21 November 2020
London BST 8:00-10:00 p.m.
(note time will change to 7:00-9:00 pm from 25 October due to Daylight Saving Time ending) 
Saturday evenings 3 October – 21 November 2020 

Option 2

Singapore SGT 8:00-10:00 a.m.Sunday mornings4 October –
22 November 2020
Sydney AEST 11:00-1:00 p.m. Sunday mornings4 October –
22 November 2020 
Auckland NZT 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoons4 October –
22 November 2020 
San Francisco PDT 5:00-7:00 p.m.
(note time will change to 4:00-6:00 pm from 1 November due to Daylight Saving Time ending) 
Saturday afternoons 3 October – 
21 November 2020 
New York EDT 8:00-10:00 p.m.
(note time will change to 7:00-9:00 pm from 1 November due to Daylight Saving Time ending)
Saturday evenings 3 October – 21 November 2020 

Register here:

https://events.humanitix.com/eight-week-online-dharma-study-class-series-october-2020

Dana/donations

*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.


Foundations of Insight: Six-week class series, Mahurangi

Foundations of Insight Meditation

The practice of insight meditation uses mindfulness to develop calm and clarity, so that we can live our lives with more ease, happiness, peace and freedom.

Over six consecutive Monday evening meetings, Jill will give an overview of the key instructions for insight meditation. Topics covered will include:

  • Mindfulness of the body, including sitting postures and walking meditation
  • Mindfulness of thoughts and emotions, including methods to reduce afflictive thought patterns and strengthen beneficial ones
  • Mindfulness in daily life, including mindful speaking and listening

Each evening will include a guided meditation, a short talk and time for group discussion.

The course is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those with some previous meditation experience.

Time and dates: Monday evenings 7:00-8:30 p.m. 12 October – 16 November 2020
Location: Mahurangi West Hall, 401 Mahurangi West Road Auckland
Cost for all six sessions: dana/donation*

*In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teacher is not paid to offer these classes.  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.

To register: https://events.humanitix.com/six-week-intro-to-insight-meditation-class-series-mahurangi

November 28-29: Two-day Insight Dialogue workshop – NEW DATES

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 two-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 and small groups, 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://insightdialogue.org/relational-practices/insight-dialogue/

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, both days

Time and dates: 9:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November 2020
Location: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere
Cost: $75 + dana*
To register: https://events.humanitix.com/auckland-insight-two-day-insight-dialogue-workshop
No door sales