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.
In this afternoon and one-day workshop, we will explore the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue in conjunction with the classical Buddhist teachings. Working together in pairs, we will use the power of relational meditation practice to understand the habits of heart and mind that lead to stress and distress, and how to free ourselves from those habits so that we can live with greater ease and happiness.
This workshop is best suited to people who have some experience of insight/vipassana/mindfulness meditation, but prior Insight Dialogue experience is not required.
Food: Please bring your own lunch. Teas and herbal teas will be supplied.
Equipment: Some chairs will be available, but please bring your own meditation cushion or bench if you have one, and a shawl or blanket.
Time: 1:30-5:30 pm Friday 18 November and 9:30-4:30 pm Saturday 19 November
NOTE: In support of our group practice, please arrive by 6:45 pm for a prompt start at 7:00 pm, and make a commitment to stay for both sessions
Newcastle contact person: Susan Burgoyne email sburgoynebigpond.com or phone 043 893 1362
Cost: $40 registration fee + dana/donation* to the teachers
*The registration fee covers a contribution to the venue hire, admin costs in preparing the retreat, the teachers costs in getting to Newcastle, the Eventbrite booking fees, morning and afternoon teas etc, and to cover any incidental expenses.
In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teachers are 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 each day to offer donations to support Jill's ongoing teaching.
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Jill Shepherd: insight meditation
Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand. She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men’s prison. She is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal, and divides her time between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching vipassana and brahma vihara retreats and offering ongoing study and practice groups focused on bringing the dharma into daily life.