During this non-residential weekend retreat we will explore the four brahma viharas: meditation practices which develop kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), joy (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha). We will use a variety of different approaches to understand the ways these qualities support and reinforce each other, and how when they are balanced with insight meditation practice, deeper happiness and peace of mind is the natural result.
Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teacher.
This retreat is suitable for people who have some familiarity with mindfulness and/or insight meditation practice.
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.
NOTE: In support of our group practice, please arrive by 9:15 am for a prompt start at 9:30 am, and make a commitment to stay for the whole day, each day.
Newcastle contact person: Donna Lavell email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 041 254 1393
Cost: $50 registration fee + dana/donation* to the teacher
*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.