2nd October 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
The challenges and rewards of spiritual friendship
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.
Following an introductory talk about the practice and meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue, participants will be invited into dyads (pairs) and meditation practice together to explore the theme of spiritual friendship.
The Buddha himself named “good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship” as being the whole of the holy life, yet in many communities, this has often been a neglected aspect of the path. Using the support of the Insight Dialogue guidelines, we will begin to examine both the challenges and the rewards of spiritual friendship, and to cultivate our own capacity to offer and receive “good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship.”
This workshop is best suited to people with an established meditation practice.
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 currently a student in the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal. She is also an Insight Dialogue teacher in training under the guidance of Gregory Kramer and Mary Burns. Currently, she divides her time 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.
Rosalie Dores has been practicing and studying meditation and yoga for the past 20 years. She has a Masters degree with distinction in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches and holds a Certificate in Teacher Competency from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor, where she is an associate teacher. With a background in education, she sees teaching MBSR as a vocation.She is the co-director of Optimal Living CIC, a community interest company established both to serve the general public in London with eight-week programmes and workshops, while developing resources to be able to offer low cost provision to those from minority and disadvantaged groups. She is a guest teacher with The Metta Foundation, an organization devoted to teaching interpersonal meditation practice, under the guidance of Gregory Kramer.
Venue: The Dharma Primary School