At Bristol Insight, we support the practice and study of Buddhist Insight Meditation also known as Vipassana (literally translated as ‘seeing deeply or clearly’). This is the practice of developing a calm and mindful investigation into the nature of experience, leading to wisdom, compassion and the end of suffering. Through our groups and activities, we aspire to build a community that nurtures wisdom and compassion: for ourselves, for others and for the world we live in.
We offer a range of regular activities and a programme of day retreats to support meditation practice. Our longstanding association with Gaia House, a well-known retreat centre for Insight Meditation, means we regularly invite their teachers, as well as those from other linked traditions, to lead our own retreat days and courses. These are reputable, highly experienced teachers who commit to a code of ethics.
You can find out more about our story, our aims and values and our organisation here.
Our approach emphasises inquiry, experiential exploration and mindfulness amongst many other influences. It is not important to hold particular beliefs or to consider yourself a Buddhist to attend our activities and events, all are welcome.
If you like the sound of what we do, then please feel free to come and check us out.
Our 2017 Teacher-Led Day Retreat programme is out. We are very excited to have yet another year of retreats led by very experienced and well respected teachers from near and far. Please go to our day retreats page for more details.
We are now posting the recorded dharma talks that we have listened to at our Self Led Day Retreats. You can listen to these here.
Saturday March 4th from 10am to 5.00pm
Self-Led Day Retreat
These popular, well-supported day retreats are based on Theravada Vipassana (Insight) meditation practice of sitting and walking. The retreats are not led by a teacher and no meditation guidance is given, so they suit participants who are comfortable with a basic meditation practice; for example, as experienced on a group retreat at Gaia House, a teacher-led day retreat in Bristol or an eight-week mindfulness course. More information can be found on our regular activities page.
This months recorded talk is by Ann Cushman. It is called The Four Foundations of Creativity. You can find a link to the talk here.
Please consider making a donation to help Dharmaseed.org who make these recordings available free of charge. Details of how to do this are give at the end of the recorded talk. Thank you.
Teacher Led Day Retreat
Saturday 18th March 2017
A Day with Suvaco
Suvaco is a former Buddhist monk and a passionate advocate for embodying life in all of its forms. He lives in the South West UK where he works as a psychotherapist and Tai Qi teacher.
To make a booking for this Day Retreat go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2819955 and see “General Information” below.
Our Introduction to Insight Meditation Course starting 21 February 2017 is now full
However, we expect to run more in the future. If you would like to register your interest, please contact contact Mannie on 07952 662 552 or email@example.com or Jill Bird on 0117 955 1360.
The aim of this short course is to introduce people to the basics of Insight Meditation – enough to get started. The course covers the practicalities of posture, breathing, sitting and walking meditation as well as exploration of the experience of meditation: how it can be beneficial for ourselves and for others. It will be led by members of Bristol Insight.
I loved the wonderful friendly atmosphere you created, the many inspiring forms of practice and ideas, and the absolute peace and feeling of support within the group. Jenny Wilson, participant in 2015.
‘How we live is important, particularly at the level of mind. Every time you’re willing to acknowledge your thoughts, let them go, and come back to the freshness of the present moment, you’re sowing seeds of wakefulness in your unconscious. After a while what comes up is a more wakeful, more open thought. You’re conditioning yourself toward openness rather than sleepiness. You might find yourself caught, but you can extricate yourself by how you use your mind, how you actually are willing to come back just to nowness, the immediacy of the moment. Every time you’re willing to do that, you’re sowing seeds for your own future, cultivating this innate fundamental wakefulness by aspiring to let go of the habitual way you proceed and do something fresh.’