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Jill Shepherd Insight Meditation

Walking the Buddha’s path to freedom: 5-day study-and-practice retreat

Tue 4th Feb 2020, 4:30 pm - Sun 9th Feb 2020, 1:00 pm

Price

$50 NZD

$50 NZD

Jill Shepherd Insight Meditation

Walking the Buddha’s path to freedom: 5-day study-and-practice retreat

Date and Time

Tue 4th Feb 2020, 4:30 pm - Sun 9th Feb 2020, 1:00 pm
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Location

Franciscan Retreat Centre
50 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland 1042, New Zealand

Event description

Are you interested in exploring the Buddha’s teachings (dharma) but feel unsure where and how to start?

Would you like to understand how these teachings can deepen your meditation practice, and help you live a life of greater ease, happiness, peace, and freedom?

Are you interested in meeting others with similar interests, and engaging in dharma study and practice with them through a variety of different modes?

This five-day dharma study and practice retreat offers a rare opportunity to explore the Buddha’s teachings with three highly-experienced dharma teachers and meditation practitioners.

Over the days of practice you will be introduced to the core Buddhist teachings, with a map of how they interrelate and support the development of your practice towards a free heart and mind (citta).

The retreat will be grounded in noble silence, to support your deepening understanding and integration. The schedule includes: shared enquiry into core texts and teachings; guided and silent sitting and walking meditation; relational practice, using the guidelines of Insight Dialogue*; individual meetings with the teachers; and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

Each day there will be a 2-hour sutta (text) study session exploring the Buddha’s core teachings for liberating the heart and mind (citta): generosity (dāna), ethical living (sīla), meditation (samādhi) and wise enquiry (pañña).

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

The retreat is intended as a pilot programme with future online and retreat-based teachings in 2021 and onwards.

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

Teachers:

Willa Thaniya Reid trained in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, which harmonises with her affinity for the natural world and for reflective practice grounded in the Buddha’s suttas. She was a monastic for 18 years, eight years as senior nun of Cittaviveka. She teaches internationally and is based in New Zealand, where she co-founded with Elizabeth a center for Dhamma enquiry in Kihikihi. She has a Masters of Counselling, and clinical pastoral training. 

Dr Elizabeth Day trained as a buddhist monastic within the lineage of the Thai Forest Sangha.  She is committed to presenting the clarity of the core Buddhist teachings, and bringing these alive for minds shaped by contemporary democratic paradigms. Elizabeth co-founded a centre for Dhamma practice in Kihikihi, New Zealand with Willa, and teaches retreats in NZ and the USA. She has a PhD in phenomenology and inter-subjectivity; practices relational Gestalt psychotherapy; and is a senior academic in universities in New Zealand and Australia.

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, and is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.

Retreat practicalities

Ethical Conduct: A core aspect of the Buddha’s teaching is the importance of living by ethical guidelines known as the Five Training Precepts. While on retreat, all participants are expected to undertake these extended guidelines:

1. To refrain from harming any living beings – not to kill or intentionally hurt any person or creature.

2. To refrain from taking what is not freely given – not to steal or 'borrow' without the consent of the giver, and to accept what is offered.

3. To abstain from sexual activity during the retreat.

4. To practice Noble Silence and to refrain from harming by one's speech – not to lie, gossip or use harsh or hurtful language, and not to use mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices during the retreat.

5. To abstain from using alcohol, recreational drugs and other intoxicants that cloud the mind and harm the body. (This does not apply to prescription medicines.)

Accommodation: The rooms are all single rooms, with shared bathrooms. Women and men are housed separately.

Food: The centre will provide simple vegetarian meals for the retreat. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any food allergies or medical dietary needs.

NOTE: the venue requests a surcharge of $15 for any person requesting gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan meals. If you need any of these options, please bring cash with you to pay the surcharge on the first night of the retreat

Mobile phones: In support of your own and others' meditation practice, please don’t use mobile phones or any other electronic devices during the retreat.

You will be asked to make a formal commitment to Noble Silence as the fourth training precept (see above), and to hand in your phone for safe-keeping on opening night.

In the event of an emergency, family members or friends can call the St Francis retreat centre on 09 625 6651

Retreat fees and cancellation policy: The retreat fee covers only the cost of food and accommodation, plus a small contribution to the teacher's travel expenses. The teaching is freely offered, and there will be an opportunity to offer dana* to the teachers at the end of the retreat.

To reserve a place on the retreat, you will need to pay the full retreat cost in two installments: 50% due one week after registering via Humanitix, and 50% due three months before the retreat starts, ie 4 November 2019.

The retreat fee is refundable - minus a $50 administration fee - up to one month before the retreat begins.

If you cancel after 5:00 pm on 4 January 2020, the retreat cost will be forfeited and used to help subsidise low-income tickets.

*Dana: In most Buddhist traditions the teachers are not paid to teach. Instead, the teachings are given on a ‘dana’ basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely – so there will be an opportunity to offer a donation for the teaching at the end of the event.


Refund Policy

Refunds are available 1 month prior to the event

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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 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 mostly 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.

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