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:
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*
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:
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: