Monday 31 August 2015

This week @ Beaches Sangha - last sutta study with Winton Higgins

Hi all.

This week @ Beaches we'll be having our last sutta study session with Winton Higgins, finishing off the book 'Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization'. This will also be Winton's last regular scheduled appearance at Beaches Sangha. He'll be coming back from time to time with specific talks we've requested, but it's the end of his monthly gig with us. Hope to see you there.


Monday 24 August 2015

This Week @ Sangha

This week Jampa will give an overview of Tibetan Buddhism. I'm sure it will be of interest, and there will be time to ask questions about this other valuable buddhist tradition.

Also, I am asking for expressions of interest from families wanting to bring their children on retreat. I would be happy to teach a 3 day retreat at Gorrick's Run, the Sydney Zen Centre's beautiful retreat centre near St. Alban's, sometime next year.
Several years ago I did retreats with the Sydney Zen Centre where children were an added bonus, and I feel that is something missing in our insight tradition.
It would be a camping retreat, but there are wonderful facilities there - a large meditation hall, a kitchen and dining room, one upstairs bedroom, outside toilets and showers, with water heated in a chip heater.
Parents would have primary responsibility for their own children, but we would arrange a roster for them to have time out and for others to do different activities with the children, like bushwalking and art.
If this idea appeals to you, then contact me at:, or 9913-2979, 0403 871 605.
I would want a core group of parents to help organise and run this. I envision that it will be a small group, and lots of fun!

Tuesday 18 August 2015

This Week @ Sangha - The Wheel of Life

This week Jampa says he will finish up the Wheel of Life. Next week he will give an overview of Tibetan Buddhism.
Hope to see you!

Tuesday 11 August 2015

This Week @ Sangha - Changed Topic: A Look at the Early Dharma Scene in the US and Australia

Jampa is sick, so I will give my talk this week instead. I'm going to talk a bit about my early encounter with the dharma in the US, India and Australia, and also talk in general about the buddhist 'dharma scene' in the 50's, 60's and 70's in those countries, and how those early influences are still being felt today.
Hope to see you Thursday night.

Monday 10 August 2015

This Week @ sangha - Wheel of Life

This week at sangha Jampa Jaffe will be doing the final instalment of the Wheel of Life. And in 2 weeks time ( Aug 27) he will give an overview of Tibetan Buddhism. Now is your chance to ask questions about this approach to Buddhism.
See you Thursday.

Thursday 6 August 2015

Spring Retreat September 10-13

Sydney Insight Meditators
Spring Recollective Awareness Retreat at Gorricks Run
Recollective Awareness Meditation with Winton Higgins and Betsy Faen
Camp in the field, under the stars. Embrace simplicity at this beautiful Zen retreat and meditation centre.
Whether you are joining us again, or experiencing Gorricks for the first time, this is a very special place to welcome the Spring. Led by Winton and Betsy, the weekend provides a space to explore recollective awareness meditation. The retreat will observe silence on site except during dharma talks, and group and individual interviews.
Registration and payment
WHEN: Thursday 10 September to Sunday 13 September 2015.
The retreat begins @ 7pm after evening meal.
WHERE: SZC Kodoji at Gorricks Run, Upper Macdonald NSW
COST: $230 + Dana (see below)
$150 - students/unwaged + Dana

For those unable to meet either price
please check the Retreat scholarships on the SIM website

The retreat fee includes accommodation and all meals from light dinner Thursday to lunch on Sunday. We provide a range of vegetarian food, with dairy, gluten and nut free options
available. All other food issues/food supplements are the responsibility of retreatants.
Go to the SIM website to book and pay recollective-awareness-retreat.html
Email if you have further enquiries
In keeping with the 2,500 year old tradition the teachers are not paid for teaching the dharma. Dana is the practice of generosity through which we offer donations to our teachers as a sign of our respect for the teaching and it's value in our lives. You will have the opportunity to practise dana during this retreat.
About Gorricks Run...
Kodoji, Ancient Ground Zendo at Gorricks Run, nestles in a deep valley beneath the high sandstone cliffs of Yengo National Park. It is approximately two hours north- north west of Sydney near Upper Macdonald, NSW.
The simple facilities include a cottage equipped with a kitchen, camping, bush showers and a large and magnificent dojo (meditation hall).
ACCOMMODATION is mainly camping, so please bring your own tent etc. There is some room for people to sleep on the veranda of the dojo. If you intend to
drive a small campervan to sleep in, please be aware you will be driving on dirt road to get to Gorrick's. There is one room in the cottage with 4 beds, priority is given to those who ask first and/or to those with special needs. 

Monday 3 August 2015

This week @ sangha - Gawaine Powell-Davies

This week Gawaine's topic is:  'Mindfulness: A Travelogue'. Sounds intriguing. Come join us. His talks are always thought provoking.