This Sunday – a half-day workshop with visiting teacher Bob Stahl

Making Peace: Reconciliation and Loving Kindness

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As our meditation practice matures, we may recognize the importance of relinquishing opinions, grudges, judgments and resentments through honest reconciliation. This is the path of the heart that leads to deeper wisdom and peace.

We will learn three important reconciliation practices:
• for the times we’ve been hard on ourselves
• to those we’ve hurt
• to those who’ve hurt us

With reconciliation the heart may naturally begin to open into loving kindness for ourselves and all beings.
May this be a time to heal our hearts and make peace with ourselves and others

About Bob Stahl

Bob’s formal education includes a BA (1976), MA in Counselling Psychology (1980) and PhD in Philosophy and Religion (1989)
He is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation having lived and practised over eight years in a Buddhist monastery who now directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in Bay Area medical centres, teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher trainings and Insight Meditation retreats internationally, and leads mindfulness retreats for health professionals through Mindful Living Programmes. He is on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society.
Bob is also a husband, and the father of two sons.

Everyone is welcome – no registration necessary

Sunday April 10th
9.30-12.00
9 Kotare Avenue, Westmere

$10 venue hire plus dana for Bob

 

Insight meditation retreat this weekend

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View of One Tree Hill from St Frances Retreat Centre

Places are still available for the insight meditation residential retreat happening this weekend at the St Frances Retreat Centre in Mount Roskill.  This is a rare opportunity to learn and practice the fundamentals of insight meditation with our guiding teacher, Jill Shepherd, who visits us from overseas approximately three times a year. Continue reading

Auckland Insight visioning meeting – this Thursday

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This Thursday, 3 March, Auckland Insight will be having our first visioning meeting for 2016.  All are welcome to come and learn about our plans for this year, and to offer your perspectives, feedback and input about what you would like from the group (and perhaps also to offer to the group).

Our core team of dedicated members would love to see you there:

Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere
(entry through the green gate off Faulder Ave)
7-9 pm Thursday 3 March
All welcome!

Early-bird registration for March Auckland events closing soon

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Just a reminder that early-bird registration for these three events below closes Thursday, 18 February.  After that, registration prices increase by 50%, so please book soon to avoid missing out.


Introduction to Insight Dialogue: Relational Insight Meditation workshop

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 our dedication to a path of wisdom and compassion with our relational lives.

Following an introductory talk about the practice and meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue, participants will be invited into dyads (pairs) and meditation practice together.

For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

This workshop is best suited to people with an established meditation practice.

Date: Saturday 5 March 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
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
Place: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere
Cost: $30 + dana* early bird or $45 + dana* full price after 18 February
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/insight-dialogue-one-day-workshop-auckland-tickets-19229303364


Insight Meditation one-day workshop

Insight meditation harnesses the power of mindfulness to develop understanding in all aspects of our lives, which leads to greater ease, happiness, and peace of mind.

Suitable for people who are new to meditation or those wishing to refresh their practice, this one-day workshop offers an introduction to the basics of mindfulness through guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, dyad (pairs) practice, group discussion and optional individual meetings with the teacher.

Date: Sunday 6 March 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere
Cost: $30 + dana* early bird or $45 + dana* full price after 18 February
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/insight-meditation-one-day-beginners-workshop-auckland-tickets-21327334632


Insight Meditation Residential Weekend Retreat

Insight meditation harnesses the power of mindfulness to develop understanding in all aspects of our lives, which leads to greater ease, happiness, and peace of mind.

In this two-day residential insight meditation retreat we will explore a range of different mindfulness techniques through guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, dyad practice, group discussion and optional individual meetings with the teacher.

This retreat is best suited to people with an established insight meditation / mindfulness practice.

Time and dates: 5:30 p.m. Friday 18 March – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 20 March 2016

Note: In support of your own and the group’s practice, please make a commitment to arrive on time and stay for the entire weekend.
Location: St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Mt Roskill
Cost: sliding scale $325/260/195 + dana* early bird or $406.25 full price after 18 February
To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/insight-meditation-residential-weekend-retreat-auckland-tickets-18084395915

Auckland Insight – February news update

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Just letting you know about some recent developments here at Auckland Insight …

Experimenting with new technology

Our guiding teacher, Jill Shepherd, will be facilitating our Thursday meeting via video-link on 25 February.  She plans to do this at regular intervals through the year, as well as attending the group in person when she’s back in New Zealand.  Check the schedule of meetings page for more information about when and where:

https://aucklandinsightnz.wordpress.com/schedule-of-meetings/

Introduction to meditation workshop for beginners – save the date!

Jill’s next visit will be in March, and she has offered to run an additional workshop specifically for people new to insight meditation, on Sunday 6 March.  So if you know of people who would like to learn the basics of mindfulness – or would like a refresher – please pass on the information below.

Introduction to Insight Meditation workshop

Insight meditation harnesses the power of mindfulness to develop understanding in all aspects of our lives, which leads to greater ease, happiness, and peace of mind.

Suitable for people who are new to meditation practice, this one-day workshop offers an introduction to the basics of mindfulness through guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, dyad (pairs) practice, group discussion and optional individual meetings with the teacher.

Date: Sunday 6 March 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Place: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere
Cost: $30 + dana*

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/insight-meditation-one-day-beginners-workshop-auckland-tickets-21327334632

Space still available in Jill’s other March events

In addition to the beginner’s workshop, Jill will be offering a day of Insight Dialogue meditation, and a residential weekend retreat at the St Francis Retreat Centre in Mt Roskill.  For more information about these, see our retreats page here:

https://aucklandinsightnz.wordpress.com/upcoming-retreats-in-auckland/

New book by insight meditation teacher Peter Fernando

Peter Fernando, a Wellington-based teacher who visited Auckland Insight last year, has written a book about how to live with chronic illness.  Due out in early March, it’s based on his own experience of many years of practicing with challenging health conditions, and it’s already received many positive reviews – for example this one, by Ajahn Sucitto:

“Meditation, and awakening, are generally linked to sitting upright for long stretches of time, despite the fact that all of us some of the time (and some of us much of the time) can’t physically manage to do so. This book, based on Peter’s fieldwork with his own chronic illness, addresses that conundrum. But it’s not just for ‘sick people’: we are all of the nature to sicken, and by taking that into account, we can develop a practice for the ‘bad’ times as well as the ‘good.’”

For more information, and to pre-order the book:

http://www.shambhala.com/finding-freedom-in-illness.html

Happy New Year!

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Wishing you all a serene start to 2016!

We look forward to meditating with you again when the Thursday evening sessions restart on 14 January, 7:00-8:45 pm  at 9 Kotare Avenue, Westmere.  We’ll continue our exploration of the ten parami (practices for developing skilful qualities in daily life) with an exploration of the parami of Wisdom, facilitated by  Kirsty Collins.

For more information, please see the Schedule of Meetings page here:

https://aucklandinsightnz.wordpress.com/schedule-of-meetings/