Teaching – New Zealand

January – March 2019

Ten-week online course

Entering The Path: An Online Foundations Course in Early Buddhist Study and Practice

Ten weeks of engaging in early Buddhist practice and study in an intensive online community

Interested in studying the suttas but find them too complex, dense?
Not sure how to apply them to your practice?
This online course offers:
Ten weeks of video lectures, roughly six 10-minute segments per week. Easy to follow sutta readings are displayed as they are read by the teachers.
Connect in small groups with guiding teacher Jill Shepherd weekly for one hour. Meetings are conducted through video conferencing software on computer, mobile, or tablet.
One-on-one meetings via video conference with Jill are available throughout the program for personal practice explorations.

Dates:
October 1 – Applications open
December 1– Applications close
December 15– Initial accepted notified
December 15- January 15 – Interview period, payment and registration on a rolling basis. Waitlisted students are contacted during this period.
January 20 – Course material begins
March 30 – Course closes

To register:
https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/online-programs/entering-the-path/


Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 24 January 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022


Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 31 January 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022


Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 7 February 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022


Dharma talk – Auckland

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 21 February 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022


April 2019

Five-day Insight Meditation retreat – Auckland

Befriending the Mind

One common misunderstanding of meditation is that it aims to stop thinking. However, the purpose of insight meditation is to develop a more skilful relationship to every aspect of our experience, including our thoughts and emotions.

During this five-day retreat, we will explore ways to befriend the mind: to let go of unhelpful mental habits, and to cultivate helpful ones. Using a variety of different meditation practices, we will train our hearts and minds to experience greater ease, happiness, and deep freedom, so that we can become better friends not only to ourselves, but to those around us too.

Most of each 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.

There will also be a period of optional, gentle mindful movement each day.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous insight meditation weekend retreat.

Time and dates: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday 2 April – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 7 April 2019
Location: Bella Rakha 581 W Coast Rd, Oratia, Auckland 0604
Cost: $450 + dana*
(cost will include a contribution towards the teacher’s international airfare)
To register: email aucklandinsight@gmail.com


August 2019

Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Coromandel

Freedom here and now

This nine-day retreat provides an opportunity to explore different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings on Nibbana, also translated as Awakening, Enlightenment, Liberation, or Freedom. The freedom that is being pointed to here includes freedom from afflictive states such as anger, fear, sadness, greed; and freedom to live with more ease, happiness, and authenticity.

We will use a variety of practices from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, to directly experience these different aspects of freedom for ourselves.

Each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, group discussion, individual meetings with the teacher and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least two previous insight meditation weekend retreats.

Time and dates: 4:30 p.m. Friday 23 August – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 1 September 2019
Location: Te Moata Retreat Centre 180 Paul Road Tairua 3544
Cost: Sliding scale $850-$650 + dana*
(cost will include a contribution towards the teacher’s international airfare)
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/insight-meditation-nine-day-retreat-2019-coromandel-tickets-52335196983


*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.