Teaching – New Zealand
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 Di Robertson
Di Robertson began practising insight meditation in 1994 at Gaia House in England. She has taught beginners’ courses since 2000, has led a number of short retreats, and co-taught or assisted retreats with Jeremy Logan, Yanai Postelnik and Subhana Bazaghi. She lives in Christchurch and is a co-founder and trustee of Southern Insight Meditation. Di also works as an ecologist and is a stepparent and grandparent.
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:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.