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A full weekend

Friday, June 19, 2015

We are very lucky to have John Peacock teaching two separate events for us on the first weekend in July. On Saturday 4th, he leads a study day at The Hub, near Swiss Cottage; on Sunday 5th, a meditation day at King Alfred School in Golders Green.

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Stephen’s references

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

In his study day on 7 June, Stephen Batchelor referred as usual to a rich range of material.  Here are links if you want to follow up any of his references.

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Kevin Griffin

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kevin Griffin will be teaching a meditation day on Sat 1st August ‘Recovering joy: a mindful life after addiction’.  He will also be teaching a weekend in August in Co Clare, http://www.sunyatacentre.org/retreats/friday-7th-august-to-sunday-9th-august-mindfulness-recovery-retreat-with-vince-cullen-and-kevin-griffin/

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Virtual Wisdom

Saturday, April 18, 2015

This reminder of online resources for seekers after insight is prompted by the announcement of an EcoSattva training course from One Earth Sangha. There are many other offerings available: some established, some relatively new. Those of us who find it hard to get away for teaching events are now very well provided for at home (given a decent Internet connection, that is.)

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Some reflections on tea

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tea is fairly central to Buddhism, and we all have our favourite quotations about the importance of mindful tea-drinking. From one of the Amaravati noticeboards, there’s ‘Drinking a cup of green tea, I stop the war’. ‘There are four inherent at­tributes of drinking tea: peacefulness, respectfulness, purity and quietness’ was a recent tweet from Buddhism Now. We at London Insight have been thinking about tea recently in the context of our own events.

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Recollective Awareness

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

On March 28th, Jason Siff offers us a day workshop on the Recollective Awareness technique. Jason taught an evening event for us on this topic last year; feedback from participants was excellent, and we’re very pleased that he’s able to visit us again in 2015. The title of the day is ‘Our Stories, Thoughts and Emotions in Meditation’ and the venue is St Anne’s Church in Soho.

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New for 2015: a visit from Michael Stone

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Our 2015 programme is well under way now, and this is the first of an occasional series of items about teachers who are visiting us for the first time this year. Michael Stone, from Canada, will be speaking at an evening lecture on Thursday February 19th, entitled ‘Embodying our values: secular buddhism and social change.’ We are very pleased that Michael is able to deliver this event in London; here is a little more information about him.

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Seeing That Frees

Friday, January 09, 2015

Rob Burbea, one of our most popular teachers, has just published a new book with the title ‘Seeing That Frees: Meditations on Emptiness and Dependent Arising’. Andrea Hosfeld kindly agreed to review it for us.

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I see you Mara!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

This short but intensive urban retreat, led by Martin Aylward, offers a real chance for concentrated group practice to those who may be unable, for many different reasons, to undertake a residential session or to take leave from work. The commitment is to two weekend days (Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1st) and then to the subsequent four weekend evenings. There are still a few places left - don’t miss the opportunity!

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New faces for a new year

Friday, January 02, 2015

We’re delighted to be setting out into 2015 with a team of two co-directors: Alex Irving (who has generously been serving in post since the summer, but whose position has recently been formally confirmed) and Shruti Mehrotra, who joined the team formally at the end of last year, though she is no stranger to meditation in general and London Insight in particular. Shruti has long experience in, and in-depth knowledge of, the charity sector, particularly in the field of international humanitarian assistance. We are also very pleased to have two new trustees.

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Cultural references and mindfulness

Sunday, November 30, 2014

John Peacock and Chris Cullen led a really fruitful day for us on November 29th. Their subject was the relationship of the Brahma Viharas to mindfulness teaching; the recordings will soon be available on our website, under the ‘Resources’ menu. One of the many points that might have struck audience members throughout the day was the wide range of spiritual and cultural references that were cited. Out of interest, we compiled a list.

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The Bodhi Institute

Monday, November 24, 2014

Those of you who have attended recent London Insight events with Christina Feldman, John Peacock and Stephen Batchelor may well have taken away the small flyer which these three teachers are publicising their latest venture. Together with Akincano Marc Weber, they are in the process of establishing their European educational centre for meditative learning, the Bodhi Institute.

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Anatta and neuroscience

Monday, November 17, 2014

As always, Christina Feldman’s November meditation weekend, held at our usual venue of King Alfred School, was one of the highlights of our organisational year. Christina has an almost unique combination of great depth of knowledge, subtle and complex understanding of the dharma in theory and practice, and the ability to relate all these to the most mundane incidents of daily life. We love her stories of five-hour shopping trips to Ikea, and revelatory encounters in the local Post Office; at the same time we are enthralled by her abstract and conceptual exploration of the twists and turns of anicca, dukkha and anatta.

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A season for giving

Thursday, October 09, 2014

No, this isn’t about Christmas shopping, though tinsel and cards are creeping steadily into all the shops (and why not?) Autumn in the Theravada Buddhist tradition is the season for the alms-giving festival of Kathina, which comes at the end of the three-month Vassa or Rains retreat. Cittaviveka (Chithurst) monastery held their ceremony on October 26th. Amaravati, and the London Buddhist Vihara, celebrate on November 2nd; other establishments have been, or will be, celebrating during October and November.

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Christina’s annual London Insight weekend

We count ourselves very privileged that Christina Feldman, who co-founded Gaia House and is equally influential at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, has taught for London Insight since the very beginnings of the organisation. It’s delightful to welcome her back for the weekend of 14th and 15th November. This year, the format of the weekend is a little different from those in past years: if you read on, we’ll try to explain why.

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