Insight Meditation Retreats in 2014 - Auckland

Exploring equanimity: finding balance and ease in the midst of busyness

Suitable for more experienced meditators, this day-long workshop will be an opportunity to deepen the practice of insight meditation through an exploration of equanimity: the balanced heart-mind. The day will be spent alternating between periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, guided meditations and group discussion, with some optional opportunities to meet individually with the teacher. Dates and times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday 13 December 2014 Place: 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere Auckland Cost: $30 + dana* To register:

Insight Dialogue day-long workshop – Auckland, New Zealand

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. Every human encounter can be recognized as a potential contribution to further awakening. Relationship can turn from a place of great confusion to a source of support for insight and deep care. Discover how our capacity for inquiry deepens when we meditate together in dialogue. It is here we taste the energy and joy born at the intersection of interpersonal meditation and deep silence. For more information about Insight Dialogue, please refer to the Metta Program’s website:

This day-long introduction to Insight Dialogue is suitable for people with some insight meditation (vipassana) experience, but prior Insight Dialogue experience is not required.

Dates and times: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday 14 December 2014 Place: 9 Kotare Avenue Westmere Auckland Cost: $30 + dana* To register:

Insight Meditation Retreats in 2015 - Auckland

Insight and the Interpersonal: The Path to Freedom

Seven-day Insight Dialogue retreat with Greg Kramer and Mary Burns – Auckland, New Zealand

Humans are relational beings. We are pack animals, born of mother and father, raised with families and friends. We work and live with others. It is no surprise that much of our suffering is people-suffering. We meditate to understand and be free from suffering. Yet sometimes a gap arises when interpersonal suffering is being addressed in intrapersonal meditation. We perpetuate the island universe of the individual self even as we seek freedom.

Insight Dialogue brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others. It offers the ability to observe in real time how we communicate through our self-constructs and our constructed sense of the other. Meditating together, we serve as each other’s reminder to awaken to the mind’s constructing nature and its great potential for awareness and freedom. In this retreat, we will maintain noble silence as a support for traditional meditation and Insight Dialogue. There will be time in nature to support ease and solitude. Holding retreat as one element in the mosaic of awakening, we will live the following question throughout our time together: How can this practice support insight right now and how can the path of awakening be carried forward into my entire life?

Time and dates: 5:00 p.m. Friday 13 March – 2:00 p.m. Friday 20 March 2015 Location: Bella Rakha Retreat Centre 581 West Coast Road Oratia Cost: sliding scale $910/$760/$610 + dana* To register:

Five-day Insight Meditation retreat with Greg Scharf – Auckland, New Zealand

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators, this five-day residential retreat will be a powerful opportunity to deepen the practice of insight meditation with visiting teacher Greg Scharf from Flagstaff, Arizona. Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007. His teaching emphasizes the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation. Listen to one of Greg’s talks: Renunciation given at IMS on April 8, 2011 (Download) Theme: TBA Dates and times: 5:00 pm Friday 24 July – 1:00 pm – Wednesday 29 July 2015 Place: Aio Wira Retreat Centre 8 Aio Wera Rd Swanson 0653 Cost: sliding scale $670-470 + dana* To register:


There are a number of communities and individuals who practise insight meditation, as well as people who teach it, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This website lets you know who they are and where they can be found, as well as where you can find sitting groups, learn to meditate, and sign up for retreats.

Contact the community or person nearest to you to find out more.

A Thought for Today

Right livelihood is not just a philosophical ideal. It is a practical, achievable reality. Finding and maintaining right livelihood does require regular, consistent action, but the steps are clear and the results immediate.

Finding your own right livelihood depends primarily on getting in touch with your "beginner's mind." Mindfulness challenges us to stay with things as they are and to change our lives through action that harms no one.

Working together, mindfully and compassionately, we can create a community in which all our livelihoods are "right."

— Claude Whitmyer, "Mindfulness and Meaningful Work"