Events

As 2022 unfolds, my schedule is taking shape. See below for what has been fixed so far.

We are also planning a residential retreat at Sangsurya 5-11 August, with Emma Pittaway; at Jhana Grove Meditation Centre WA, 11-20 November; and Sine Cera Rainforest Retreat NSW (3-11 December) with Emma Pittaway.

We are also planning one online retreat, Friday 21 – Sunday 30 October. Details will be posted soon.

A talk at Heart-Insight Brisbane Meditation Group, Sunday 1 May 2022

This is an online meeting of the Heart-Insight Brisbane Meditation Group (https://www.heartinsight.com.au/). The topic will be Tracking the sense fields, exploring the practice of grounding awareness in the flow of our directly encountered senses and letting go of the worlds we create through our entanglement with them. The talk will be at the beginning of the meeting.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. AET

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82953076905?pwd=SlVoZjY1S0Y1L2RkaERVSXR5ajlsdz09.

Meeting ID: 829 5307 6905

Passcode: 416428

A talk at Melbourne Insight Meditation Wednesday 18 May

This is the regular Wednesday night Zoom meeting for Melbourne Insight Meditation (MIM). Tonight we will have the first of two talks on not-self (anattā), the third of the three universal characteristics of experience. This talk is called Is anyone here? and will give the background to the Buddha’s understanding of self (ātman) and not-self. Why did he reject the doctrine of self that he had been trained in? What problem did he see in this view?

Time: 7:30 – 8:45 AET

To obtain the Zoom link, go to the MIM website home page  and book your online place. The Zoom link will then be sent to you.

A talk at Melbourne Insight Meditation Wednesday 25 May

In this regular Wednesday night meeting of Melbourne Insight Meditation (MIM) I will be giving the second of two talks on not-self (anattā), the third of the three universal characteristics of experience. This talk is called Not-self & the five aggregates and will focus on the context of the teaching of not-self and how it fits into the practice for the cessation of pain (dukkha).

Time: 7:30 – 8:45 AET

To obtain the Zoom link, go to the MIM website home page and book your online place. The Zoom link will then be sent to you.

A talk at Blue Gum Sangha, Monday 30 May

An online meeting of the Blue Gum Sangha (https://www.bluegumsangha.org/). The topic will be Practising intimacy, exploring the story of Bāhiya of the Barkcloth and his practice of intimacy with the senses. This talk will be delivered at the beginning of the meeting.

Tiime: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. AET

Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/813260949?pwd=amJuL0VyMlpmQmtuUXZmRkhkYmpoZz09

Meeting ID: 813 260 949

Password: 124189

Melbourne Insight Meditation (MIM) Friday 3 - Friday 17 June 2022

A residential retreat at Kallara Conference Centre, Strathbogie Ranges

Satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, is an open enquiry into the nature of experience to cultivate serenity and insight. In this retreat we will explore the Buddha’s teaching on insight by cultivating the perceptions of change, pain and not-self. This retreat is for 14 days, giving time to settle deeply into the practice.

Kallara Conference Centre is located in the Stratbogie Ranges in north-east Victoria. Accommodation is simple and the landscape is spectacular.

Bookings and further information: See the MIM website, or email the retreat organiser.

Sangsurya Retreat Centre Friday 5 to Thursday 11 August

A residential retreat at Sangsurya, Byron Bay, co-taught with Emma Pittaway

This retreat will explore mindfulness meditation in both its active and receptive aspects, or “noting” and “natural awareness.” We will explore the six sense sensitivities with an emphasis on  awareness of body. The five physical sensitivities ground us in the here-and-now and give us a foundation for exploring the sixth sensitivity, heart/mind. The retreat is taught by Patrick Kearney and Emma Pittaway.

Patrick is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw. He has a particular interest in applying the original teachings of the Buddha to contemporary life. Emma emphasises the emergence of insight through “natural awareness.” Her main teachers are Patrick Kearney and Sayādaw U Tejaniya. She has practised the dharma since she was twenty and began teaching in 2019.

Sangsurya Retreat Centre is located in the hills above Byron Bay. See their website here.

Bookings and further information: Email Sonya Nourse.

BMIMC Friday 2 to Friday 30 September

A 28-day residential retreat in the Blue Mountains

Patrick teaches satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He emphasises the cultivation of a felt continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. As we become intimate with what is already present we discover the radical simplicity of the practice, and we learn to “live independently, not clinging to anything in the world” (Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta MN 10).

This retreat is designed for experienced practitioners who feel independent in their practice, to the degree that they can be confident in their ability to maintain their practice with the minimum of external support. 

Preference will be given to people who are able to attend for the whole month.

Further information & bookings: Go to the retreat page on the BMIMC website. You can also phone the BMIMC office on 02 4788 1024.