Many of our in-person events have now been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. However we are gradually re-establishing some in-person events as the coronavirus restrictions gradually ease. Please keep an eye on this page on our website for the latest notifications from Bristol Insight. Things are unfolding rapidly and the well-being of our sangha and the wider community are our principle concern. At this time we aspire to act according to the principles of the dharma with non-harming, kindness, compassion and equanimity. Where events are cancelled we will aim to offer online alternatives where possible to maintain our sense of community and mutual support.
Tuesday Sitting Group
We are offering an online Tuesday sitting group using Zoom.
If you wish to participate in these online sessions then please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
The session will open at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.
We will begin with a meditation session of about 30 minutes followed by a short break. Then in the second half we will have our Cultivation of Practice sessions. This part of the Tuesday evening sitting group invites us to engage in a variety of activities that aim to deepen our practice in the company of others. These activities may include movement, reflection, discussion, mindful sharing in pairs or in small groups. You can find our present activities by clicking on the link below.
All are welcome.
This will be followed by two more sessions organised by Bristol Insight from 11.45 – 1.00 and 2.30 – 4pm. Again it may be helpful to arrive a little bit early to settle in. (You will be given a different Zoom link to join these sessions.)
The first session is free as it is a regular event hosted by Gaia House.
There is a cost for the two Sessions hosted by Bristol Insight of £15 waged and £7.50 unwaged (plus Eventbrite booking fee) this covers the Zoom fees and the Bristol Insight administrators fees.
How to Book
You can book through Eventbrite by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stretching-the-heart-liberating-the-heart-tickets-110961538950
Nature meditation in the time of Covid: Sunday 13 September 2020 2-5pm
Fancy practising outdoors? Do you want to sit with others face-to-face and stay safe? Are you missing connection with nature and other practitioners?
We might have a solution for you! Bristol Insight Meditation is offering nature meditation retreats in a privately owned wood about 6 miles outside Bristol. We will meet at the woods to carry out sitting, walking and nature-based practices for about 3 hours.
These woods are really special. There is sufficient space to keep 2 metres apart at all times yet stay in a circle. Even better, the woods have several large covered areas, so the event will go ahead regardless of the weather. The facilities also include easy car parking and even a compost loo! You will need to bring water, something soft to sit on and whatever you need to practice (e.g. stool, cushion, blanket) and wear appropriate clothing and shoes.
The cost per person is £5 to cover the woods hire.
For further information and directions to the site, please contact Lesley Wye on email@example.com.
Bristol Insight Virtual Self-led Retreat Saturday 5th September 10.00am-17.00pm
Perhaps more than ever, we’re all profoundly aware of the power of community and the human need for connection. Confined within small spaces and juggling various unexpected stresses and strains, there’s a need to find some kind of spaciousness. Insight meditation can help us achieve that.
We’re using Zoom for a morning get-together and a facilitated end-of-day sharing session. We hope as many of you as possible will join us from home at the times listed below. These sessions will be FREE. You don’t have to complete a full-day to take part, please feel free to dip in and out as works for you, knowing that others all over the South West are with you. We just have a hunch it can be powerful when we come together in this way. Please see the suggested schedule below.
10:00 – Start the day with us via Zoom. For the Zoom link and password for this retreat please contact Chris on Self-led Retreat
Zoom works on computers, tablets and smartphones. For the latter two, you’ll need to download the ‘Zoom Cloud Meetings’ app in advance from your app store. If you’re using a computer, please allow a few minutes to set up as Zoom first needs to download and install a small client to run. Simply follow the on-screen instructions.
10:30 – Sitting practice
11:15 – Walking/free practice
12:00 – Dharma talk
13:00 – Lunch (feel free to maintain silence if it’s practical)
14:00 – Walking/free practice
14:15 – Sitting practice (indoor or outdoors if possible)
15:00 – Walking/free practice
15:30 – Sitting practice
16:15 – Join us via Zoom for reflections on the day
17.00 – Day ends
For more information, please contact David Ringsell on firstname.lastname@example.org
With loving kindness from the Bristol Insight Self-led Retreat Team.
Chris Cullen’s retreat (21/3/20)
We had our first on-line retreat with Chris Cullen with over 30 participants online. We much appreciate Chris’s heartfelt response to the present unfolding situation and his offerings for practice at this time. You can listen to an audio recording of this online retreat with Chris Cullen here:
Bristol Insight WhatsApp group
We also have set up a WhatsApp group to help us keep in touch. If you wish to join this group then click on this link Join group
Dharma resources to help us navigate these turbulent times
Zohar and Nathan have recorded some talks and meditations “to help us all respond to coronavirus and it’s effects.”
Coronavirus and the support of the Dharma – Part 1 by Zohar Lavie
Guided meditation: “Coronavirus and the support of the Dharma – Part 2” by Zohar Lavie
Guided metta meditation from Nathan
There’s a good online talk relating to responding to the virus from Jack Kornfield
Gaia House online practice opportunities
While we cannot gather in person, Gaia House will be creatively exploring how we can support and nourish each other. In the coming days and weeks, we will let you know what online practice opportunities we are helping to coordinate.
Online Sitting Group
Our Online Sitting Group meets every Monday, 8-9pm (UK BST).
The group is facilitated by Gavin Milne and guest teachers.
The schedule for the next few weeks is:
The group is suitable for all levels of experience, although some familiarity with Buddhist teachings and prior experience of either an evening course or a retreat will be assumed.
You are welcome to join on any dates that suit you, although we ask you to attend for the whole of each meeting.
Gaia House Online Dharma Hall
Gaia House is opening an online Dharma hall: a new space for connection, reflection, and refuge. A place where we can share the Dharma and practice together, supporting us to meet our lives and our world in these times.
w/c 31st August
Tuesday, 1 September- 7:30pm Leela Sarti
Wednesday, 2 September – 11:00 am Walter Young (CDL)
Thursday, 3 September – 11:00 am Ella Titman Tamari (CDL)
Saturday, 5 September – 5:00pm Nathan Glyde
Sunday, 6 September – 9:30am Zohar Lavie
The sessions will be held by Gaia House teachers and Community Dharma Leaders. Each online meeting will include some meditation, an exploration on a theme that connects Dharma practice with the current situation, and some time for interactive sharing with the community online.
We hope this can be a space that supports us all to turn towards what is difficult, and find ways to respond to ourselves, others and the world with compassion and wisdom.
The meetings will be held via the easy to use Zoom platform. To join any of the meetings click here.
Dana is invited both for Gaia House (the ‘General Fund’) and for the teacher running the session. To offer Dana related to this offering, please click here to visit the Gaia House website where you can make a one off donation. Please note that you will need to click on the ‘Add to basket’ button for both the teacher and for Gaia House. To ensure that Teacher Dana reaches the teacher, please specify in the notes section on the checkout page the name of the teacher you are offering to. Thank you for your generosity.
May our practice together support the welfare of all beings.
Later this month and next at Gaia House
Opening for registration soon:
The Poetry of Self, The Poetry of Not-Self
With Kirsten Kratz and Yuka Nakamura
Yoga and Meditation: Awakening in Stillness and in Movement
With Martin Aylward and Gail Aylward
Abiding with a Heart Imbued with Love
With Catherine McGee and Gail Aylward
Embodying the Awakened Heart
With Yanai Postelnik and Leela Sarti
Bodhi College Online – Early Buddhism for today
Bodhi college are offering an ongoing series of online talks and practices entitled “Thinking Out Loud: Conversations on Early Buddhism”.
These are unique times. Now more than ever people are seeing the value in connection and building communities online. It’s perfectly natural to feel fear and anxiety. Yet, we have a supportive antidote to self-isolation. Every weekday until the COVID-19 lockdown ends we are going to be running live online meditation sessions.
Online offering from Bhante Bodhidhamma
Bhante Bodhidhamma is offering a Lockdown Evening Meditation every evening from 8-9.30pm (BST).
To connect click here
Spreading the Karuna virus
“In the beautiful Karaniya Metta Sutta (on loving kindness), the quality of protecting others from harm (even as a mother would protect her only child) is greatly emphasised. I would therefore gently encourage everyone to keep well informed and take as many value-aligned precautions as personal conditions allow. Let’s learn from other nations and each other, and do our best to collectively spread the Karuna (Compassion) Virus to all beings, instead!” – Venerable Canda