Silent Day Long Retreat with Rosemary and Steve Weissman
9:00am 9:00am

Silent Day Long Retreat with Rosemary and Steve Weissman

Stressed highly among Steve and Rosemary's teaching is the development of Compassionate Understanding, so we can find more inner peace and contentment in any situation in life.

Suitable for both beginners and advanced meditators, Buddhist or non-Buddhists, anyone who wishes to find deeper happiness.

Cost: $40 to cover costs | $30 un-salaried

Bring a vegetarian plate for a shared lunch

Dana/koha/donation for the teaching

Rosemary and Steve have been practicing meditation for 45 years. In 1988, they founded the International Retreat Program at Wat Kow Tahm, a Buddhist Monastery and Meditation Centre in Thailand and were the resident teachers for 25 years. They have led 250 retreats in Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden. Steve and Rosemary are the authors of '...with Compassionate Understanding' and 'Meditation, Compassion & Lovingkindness'.

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Insight Meditation Workshop
9:30am 9:30am

Insight Meditation Workshop

  • 175 Garnet Road Auckland, Auckland, 1022 New Zealand (map)
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Auckland Insight is happy to be hosting a one-day meditation workshop with former Buddhist monastics Willa Thaniya Reid and Elizabeth Day, from Kihikihi Meditation and Yoga. 
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If meditation is to bear fruit, five faculties (indriya) need to be developed. 
These are: conviction, persistence, mindfulness, samadhi (collectedness of mind) and wisdom. 
Understanding the function of each of these gives us agency in the development of our meditation. 
This daylong will focus on the cultivation of these faculties, using mindfulness of breathing. 
We will explore these through guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, dhamma reflections and group discussion.

Food: Please bring your own lunch. Tea and herbal teas will be supplied.

Equipment: Chairs will be available, but please bring your own meditation cushion or bench if you have one, and a shawl or blanket.

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. At the end of the course, participants are invited to reciprocate this generosity by offering dana to support the teacher.

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Seven Day Retreat
to Sep 30

Seven Day Retreat

2017-05-229 Retreat two-thirds full - register soon to avoid missing out

Awakening our Natural Wisdom

Vipassana or insight meditation is the simple direct practice of moment-to-moment observation of the mind/body process with relaxed, open and careful attention. Awareness infused with clear seeing reveals that whatever arises in our experience, is simply the natural display of impersonal conditions. As we learn to observe our experience from a place of stillness and balance supported by wise view, reality is accurately seen and liberating insight arises as a natural result. Loving-kindness or Metta meditation develops the heart’s capacity for patience, acceptance, and forgiveness as we connect with and care for ourselves and others.

This silent retreat will draw primarily on teachings from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, emphasizing continuity of present moment awareness as the foundation for clear seeing and the arising of wisdom. The format will include instruction in both Insight and Loving-kindness meditation, an optional daily period of mindful movement, and meetings with the teachers.

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 teachers.  It is suitable for both beginning and experienced students of meditation.

Greg Scharf bio:

Greg Scharf began meditating in 1992 and has been teaching residential meditation retreats since 2007, including the annual 3 month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society where he is a core teacher. In his teaching Greg emphasizes the understanding that meditation is fundamentally an exploration of nature and natural processes. He also stresses the critical importance of bringing the qualities of kindness, compassion, and a sense of humor to practice.

Greg has a long-standing relationship with the country and people of Burma (Myanmar), where he trained as a Buddhist monk and where he works with a small humanitarian aid project which particularly targets education, health-care, and support of Buddhist Nuns. Currently living in the high country of northern Arizona, Greg's love of nature and the outdoors deeply informs both his practice and teaching.

Time and dates: 4:30 p.m. Saturday 23 September - 1:00 p.m. Saturday 30 September 2017
Location: Te Moata Retreat Centre 180 Paul Road Tairua 3544
Early-bird rate until 22 July 2017 (unless sold out prior): $650
Sliding scale: $630 / $790 + dana*
(cost includes a contribution towards the teachers international airfares)
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Facilitator Gathering
9:30am 9:30am

Facilitator Gathering

175 Garnet Road, Westmere. Entrance on Faulder Avenue.

This day-long gathering is an opportunity to get together with other Auckland Insight members to learn about and share the rewards and challenges of being a facilitator, host, navigator or volunteer.  We will explore the process and practice of facilitation through a mix of talks and interactive practice, and it’s open to anyone who has participated in Auckland Insight meetings, not only as a facilitator.

There will also be a (free) thank-you lunch to celebrate the growth and development of our sangha over the last four years.

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Insight Dialogue Workshop
9:30am 9:30am

Insight Dialogue 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 wisdom and compassion into our relational lives through mindful speaking and mindful listening.

In this 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.

For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see

This workshop is best suited to people with an established meditation practice, but previous insight dialogue experience is not required.

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

Time and date: 9:30-4:30 pm Saturday 5 August
Location: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnett Road Westmere 1022 (entrance off Faulder Ave)
Cost: $50 + dana*
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Four Day Retreat
to May 21

Four Day Retreat

We are honoured to be hosting this retreat, led by Auckland Insight's guiding teacher Jill Shepherd.

The retreat will draw primarily on teachings from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, emphasising continuity of the present moment awareness as the foundation for clear seeing and the arising of wisdom. It will have a particular emphasis on the four Brahma Vihara: meditation practises which cultivate the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. 

Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with meditation instructions in both Insight (Vipassana) and the Brahma Vihara practise. There will be an optional daily period of mindful movement, optional dyad (pairs) meditation and individual meetings with the teacher. 

This retreat is suitable for both beginning and and experienced students of meditation.

In order to make this retreat as accessible as possible we have chosen a venue within the Auckland region, and attendees will be offered a roster to choose from a list of simple tasks to contribute to housekeeping maintenance, including assistance in the provision of simple vegetarian meals.

This retreat is now fully booked. Please click here if you wish to join a waitlist.

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.  Currently, she 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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