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.
Highlights of the month
Teacher-Led Day Retreat on Saturday 9th July
A Focusing-based interactive Day Retreat facilitated by Gordon Adam and Manjudeva
‘Embracing Interconnectedness through the Body’
In this day retreat we will draw upon Focusing, and the felt sense, to lead us to a greater, more holistic, more truthful knowing about life and our place in it. The body already knows in a direct and unmediated way how interconnected we are to the rest of existence – we just need to learn to stop and listen…
To book your place on this retreat and for more details on this and other day retreats please go to Day Retreats page.
For more information about focusing please click here.
Sangha Walk on Saturday 19th July in the beautiful Mendip Hills starts at 10.45am
All are welcome to join in this walk, part of which will be in silence. The walk is 4.5 miles long and takes about 2.5 hours and is easy walking with few stiles. Please contact Gordon 0779 6087351 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for details if you would like to come. More information about sangha walks can be found on our regular activities page.
Coming up soon
Four Week Course with Catherine McGee
Passion and Dispassion – a path of Equanimity and Aliveness
We are delighted to let you know that we are able to offer another meditation and dharma practice course led by Catherine McGee this Autumn. The course will be suitable for experienced practitioners and newer practitioners who already have a grounding in the basics of Insight Meditation.
The course consists of one whole day and four evening sessions:
♦ Sunday 25th September 10am to 4pm
♦ Wednesday evenings – 6.45pm to 9.15pm: September 28th, October 5th (peer-led), 12th and 19th.
For more information and to book your place on this course click here.
‘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.’