Exploring Insight – A series of talks on the three characteristics for Heart Insight Brisbane Meditation Group

This is a series of talks exploring the three characteristics of impermanence (anicca), pain (dukkha) and not-self (anattā). For the Buddha, “insight” means seeing into these three characteristics.

Sunday 6 June 2021: Practising impermanence. What does the Buddha mean by “impermanence” (anicca)? Why is it important? And how might I practise it? These are the themes for tonight’s talk.

Sunday 4 July 2021: Perceiving impermanence. The Buddha links the perception of impermanence (anicca) with that of pain (dukkha) and not-self (anattā). Why? What are the connections between these perceptions? These are the questions we explore in this talk.

Sunday 1 August 2021: Exploring dukkha. The second characteristic of experience is dukkha, classically translated as “suffering.” However, there is no English equivalent for dukkha because it covers the whole range of disagreeable experiences, from the most extreme agony to the subtlest dis-ease. Why does the Buddha see it as so important? Where does it fit in our meditation practice? How does it provide us with “insight” (vipassanā)? We explore these and related questions during this talk.

Melbourne Insight Meditation Online Retreat, June 2021

These are the talks, workshops and guided practices delivered online for Melbourne Insight Meditation (MIM) 11 – 20 June 2021.

Forest Retreat Centre, April 2021

These are the talks, workshops and guided practices delivered at the Forest Retreat Centre in northern NSW. The retreat was held 10-18 April 2021. My co-teacher for this retreat was Emma Pittaway. I recommend you check her talks on Natural Awareness and Intimacy with the Senses to get a good sense of her teaching style.

Thrive the Lockdown – January 2021

Here you will find a link to the teachings, talks and discussions that constituted a beginners’ workshop conducted for people in Ireland and the UK in January 2021, in the midst of lockdown. The workshop was held using Zoom.

These recordings are audio and video. They can be accessed on YouTube here:

Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) – January 2021

These workshops and talks were part of the online retreat conducted for Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping Malaysia, in January 2021.

Perth Insight Meditation Group – November 2020

These are the workshops, talks and discussions conducted for the online retreat hosted by the Perth Insight Meditation Group (PIMG) in November 2020.

Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary – August 2020

Here you will find the talks and workshops that were delivered for the online retreat hosted by Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping Malaysia, from 7 to 16 August 2020.

Melbourne Insight Meditation – June 2020

These are the talks and workshops delivered for the online retreat hosted by Melbourne Insight Meditation, June 2020.

Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre – June 2020

These talks and workshops were delivered for the online retreat hosted by Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, July 2020.