Teaching – New Zealand


July 9 – August 13

Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-8:45 pm Thursday 10 August
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022

Auckland Insight facilitators’ gathering – Auckland

Auckland Insight is a mostly peer-led group, and we rely on the support of community members to keep the group running. This gathering is an opportunity for supporters of Auckland Insight to come together with guiding teacher Jill Shepherd to learn about and share the rewards and challenges of being a facilitator, host, navigator and/or volunteer.

We will explore the process and practice of facilitation through a mix of talks, group discussion, dyad (pairs) practice and silent meditation. There will also be a thank-you lunch.

This gathering is open to anyone who has participated in Auckland Insight meetings in any capacity.

Time and date: 9:30-4:30 pm Saturday 12 August
Location: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnett Road Westmere 1022 (entrance off Faulder Ave)
Cost: Dana*
To register: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/auckland-insight-facilitators-gathering/auckland/westmere
NOTE: No door sales. Registration will close 5:00 pm on Friday 28 July as we need to know numbers for catering purposes

September 16 – October 12

Dharma talk by Greg Scharf – Auckland

7:00-8:45 pm Thursday 21 September
Kotare Venue 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere 1022

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

2017-05-22 Retreat three-quarters 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
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


Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Coromandel

Save the dates!

Time and dates: 4:30 p.m. Friday 3 August – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 12 August 2018
Location: Te Moata Retreat Centre 180 Paul Road Tairua 3544
Cost: TBA + dana*
(cost will include a contribution towards the teachers international airfare)
To register: TBA


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.