Ongoing: Start Your Week Well – Monday Morning Online Sitting
Start your week well by joining Auckland Insight for a regular Monday morning Zoom sitting hosted by 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
An evening exploring the four Brahmavihāra heart qualities in daily life
The heart practices of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity are powerful tools that strengthen our inner resources, helping us to navigate the individual and collective challenges of our times. This introductory talk and guided meditation will help develop the capacity to rest in kindness, strengthen resilience through compassion, orient to appreciative joy for renewal of our energy, and experience the peace of equanimity that comes through the release of reactivity.
This event is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners.
This is a standalone event. However, the evening also functions as an introduction to an online weekend workshop in May with Jill Shepherd, which you can find here on London Insight’s website.
Date: Friday 3 February
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm UK time
More info and to register: here
This four-week online course will explore what the Buddha was pointing to when he stated that experience is impermanent (aniccā), unsatisfactory (dukkha), and not-self (anattā). Focusing mostly on anattā, we will approach this key teaching in a variety of ways, to help understand how it leads to greater ease, happiness, and freedom in our lives.
Each two-hour class will include a short dharma talk, guided and silent meditation, and small group discussion. During the four weeks of the course, you are invited to maintain a regular sitting practice and keep a practice journal, to help inform the discussion during each meeting.
During this course there will also be required weekly assignments that will be posted for students to complete. Weekly assignments will consist of reflections and discussion board posts. Assignments must be completed each week before access to the next week’s teaching materials will become available.
This course requires a minimum time commitment of 4 hours per week. Students will meet with the teacher live via Zoom once per week, at times suitable for different international time-zones, including US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Dates: Saturdays or Sundays, February 25 – March 19
More info and to register: here
Online Insight Dialogue course for Insight Dialogue Asia Pacific
Living the Noble Truths
March to December 2023 – Wednesdays (First and Third) Aust/NZ/Asia, prior Tuesday in Americas (2 x 1.5 hour sessions per month)
Online via Zoom
Teachers: Elizabeth Faria and Jill Shepherd, with guest teachers Gregory Kramer and Anita Bermont offering two sessions each during the series
The Buddha’s core teaching of the Four Noble Truths provides us with a holographic map of the journey to freedom. This is a journey, and like any journey, we need the right resources, equipment, maps and guides to reach our destination.
Commencing 1 March 2023 Aust/NZ/Asia (28 February Americas), as we explore this path together, each stage will be supported by all Four Noble Truths, so no matter where we begin to engage with these teachings, the whole path is revealed.
Over the course of 20 sessions, we will use “wise reflection and the voice of another” to bring the transformative wisdom of the Four Noble Truths directly into our own lives Each session may include some silent or guided meditation practice, a short dhamma reflection by the teacher, instruction in the Insight Dialogue guidelines and exploration of a range of contemplations. Contemplation topics may include, amongst others, themes such as:
- Right View and our relationship to dukkha (unsatisfactoriness, stress, distress, suffering)
- The Four Heavenly Messengers of old age, illness, death and the contemplative
- Relational dukkha: interpersonal conflict and societal disharmony
- Right Intention and the dynamics of clinging, craving and release
- How freedom can be experienced here and now
- Skilful qualities that support freedom: the seven awakening factors and the four brahmavihāra
- Taking refuge in sangha and cultivation of spiritual friendship
The series theme is continuous over 20 sessions (2 x 1.5 hour sessions per month). After each 7 sessions, we will pause to consolidate the theme and Insight Dialogue guidelines, at which time, new participants may join.
Registration: You are invited to register for the series. Once the series has commenced, new participants may register to join the series as at 21 June (Aust/NZ/Asia) or 20 June (Americas) or from 4 October (Aust/NZ/Asia) or 3 October (Americas).
Attendance: We encourage participants to support the continuity of practice and learning together in community through regular attendance.
Prerequisite: Prior Insight Dialogue experience with working knowledge of the Guidelines. The minimum requirement is a formal ‘Introduction to Insight Dialogue’ course or retreat. [Provide brief outline of your ID experience when applying]
Dāna: Participants are invited to offer Dāna to support the teachers
Dates: Depending on timezone:
- Aust/NZ/Asia – 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month from 1 March to 20 December 2023
- The Americas – prior Tuesday from 28 February to 19 December 2023
Times: (Check your timezone here)
- Aust/NZ/Asia: Wednesday timezones as at 1 March 2023*:
- 9:00-10:30am AEDT/AEST (Sydney/Melb)
- 6:00-7:30am AWST/SGT/HKT/CST (Perth/Singapore/Hong Kong/Beijing)
- 11:00am-12:30pm NZDT (Auckland)
- 10pm GMT (London)
- The Americas: Tuesday timezones at 28 February 2023*:
- 2:00-3:30pm PST (San Francisco/Vancouver)
- 3:00-4:30pm MST (Denver/Calgary)
- 5:00-6:30pm EST (New York/Toronto)
*ALERT*: Please be alert to time changes across the year that will impact the above session times (9am Sydney time remains unchanged). These will be notified to registered participants.
- US/Canada moves to Daylight Savings time on 12 March 2023
- Aust/NZ cease Daylight Savings Time on 2 April 2023
- NZ changes to Daylight Savings Time on 24 September 2023
- Aust changes to Daylight Savings Time on 1 Oct 2023
- USA/Canada ceases Daylight Savings time on 5 Nov 2023
To register: Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The four brahmavihāra heart practices of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity are powerful tools that strengthen our inner resources, helping us to navigate the individual and collective challenges of our times.
Although the brahmavihāra are often taught as formal meditation practices to develop concentration, in this online weekend retreat, we will explore a range of different approaches aimed at cultivating these skillful qualities in the midst of everyday life. Through a mix of guided meditations, dharma talks and small group discussion, we will develop the capacity to rest in kindness, strengthen resilience through compassion, orient to appreciative joy for renewal of our energy, and experience the peace of equanimity that comes through the release of reactivity.
This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. However, please make a commitment to attending all of the sessions over three days as this is not a drop-in event.
Dates: 7:00-8:30 pm UK time Friday evening 12 May; 9:00-5:00 pm UK time Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May
More info and to register: here
* In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dāna 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 the workshop to offer donations to support their ongoing teaching.