Welcome

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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 and occasional longer courses 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.


New
We are delighted to announce two new courses:

Introductory Course starts 7th November 2017

We are running another 4 week Introduction to Insight meditation course in February 2017. The aim of this short course is to introduce people to the basics of Insight Meditation – enough to get started. All are welcome. More information here.

Teacher Led Course with Suvaco starts 6th January 2018

We are delighted that Suvaco is able to come an lead a 5 session course for us in January 2018.
It is called On emptiness, self, not self and personality – what better way to start the new year! More information and booking details  here


Coming up

Saturday 7th October 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 month’s recorded talk will be announced soon. You can find a link to previous recorded talks 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.

 

Saturday 21st October 2017

Day Retreat with Jaya Rudgard

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A Day with Jaya Rudgard

“Living Deeply”.  “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  -Mary Oliver.  How do we discover and stay connected with what we value most in our lives? A retreat day centred around the qualities of wise resolve and balanced effort, and how we can practise these to support a life that honours our deepest aspirations. The day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma reflections and time for questions and discussion.

Jaya Karen Rudgard began meditating in the 1980s and practised for eight years as a nun in the Thai Forest tradition in England with Ven. Ajahn Sumedho as her teacher. She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and teaches Insight Meditation and mindfulness in the UK and internationally.

To make a booking for this Day Retreat go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2898177  Please see our Day Retreats page for general information about our day retreats.


‘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.’

Pema Chodron