A path of well being

Insight meditation is a practice of mental cultivation that derives from the 2,400 year old teachings of Siddhattha Gotama, the man known as the Buddha.

This practice has featured prominently in the establishment of serious buddhist practice among westerners since the 1970s.

Today, insight meditation is a diverse tradition which offers a modern, non-monastic approach to the study and practice of the Buddha’s teachings, including meditation.

A holistic approach to developing well being, awareness of the moment to moment activity of the heart and mind, when applied in everyday life meditation leads to happiness and release from anguish, confusion and stress.

Rather than being a set of views or ideas to be clung to, this approach aims to cultivate a sense of inner knowing in the practitioner, along with personal responsibility through the practice of the Buddha's four great tasks.

A regular insight meditation practice fosters a sense of strength and independence in the heart, as we come to see the way things are clearly for ourselves.

Through practicing this form of meditation we develop mindfulness – a positive quality of awareness that we can bring forward into the challenges we encounter in our lives.

Mindfulness frees us from our habitual feelings and reactions and assists us in being more fully open to the aliveness of each moment.

It liberates space within ourselves and naturally promotes self-acceptance and peacefulness.

Through a gradual process of inquiry and self discovery, this practice can assist us in renewing our connection to a sense of sacredness and awakening a heartfelt respect for all life.

Communities

As many have found over the years, it’s helpful to explore this practice in the company of others. Scattered around New Zealand you will find groups and individuals who will welcome your enquiries and offer encouragement as you make tentative steps towards awakening.

Referred to sometimes by the word “sangha”, these communities are simply groups of people trying to live their lives in line with the teachings of the Buddha, taking practical steps to understand the origin of the suffering in their lives and to free themselves from it in a very practical way.

New

Glossary – visit this page to see explanations of some of the key terms used in making these practices vital.

To find out more, please explore this website.

This site was updated 3 June 2015

About

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

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated that that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

— Sylvia Boorstein