Insight Meditation

Brief Description:
Based in the Theravadan Buddhist traditions of Thailand and Burma, Insight Meditation is primarily concerned with ‘seeing clearly’ into the nature of things – ‘who are we?’, and ‘what is this?’. Concurrent with this development of wisdom comes the development of the heart qualities of compassion and lovingkindness – this practice being not purely for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others with whom we have contact. In practice we initially use the breath as a focus in order to establish concentration, followed by a gradual expansion of attention/awareness to finally include the totality our experience – physical sensation, sound, emotions, mind states and thought. Insight Meditation is concerned with our own direct experience, with discovering for ourselves, rather than adherence to a system of beliefs, and as such is accessible to people of any or all spiritual traditions.

Following a tradition from the time of the Buddha, no charge is made for teachings, but rather it is left open to people to give, anonymously, as much or as little as they feel moved to. ‘That which is freely received is to be freely given.’

Southern Insight Meditation
Insight meditation in Aotearoa/ New Zealand

Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust

Centres around Aotearoa


Regular Activities:

Insight meditation 3rd Sunday of every month in Mt Eden 12-1.30pm before Insight Dialogue. No instructor, just shared silence.
Info Tony:

Insight Dialogue Monthly meeting held on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 1.30 to 4.30 in Mt Eden. Shared facilitation. Cake and cuppa after. $5-10 to cover venue hire.
Info Viv:

Anyone interested in a North Shore group? Contact Viv


Meeting Place: Ferndale School, 104 Merivale Lane.

Regular Activities: Regular Meditation Retreats with local and international teachers
Regular Introduction to Meditation Courses
Public Talk on the Third Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm, all welcome
Weekly Meditation and Discussion
Library of tapes and books

Related Books in Canterbury Public Library: Books by Stephen or Martine Batchelor, Sharon Salzberg, Christopher Titmuss, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein. For more Information: Phone Julie 348 1462 or Dermot 381 4617 or click here to email


Regular Activities: Hamilton's insight meditation group sits on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. This group is suitable for people with some meditation experience who are looking for a community of like minded people to support and deepen their meditation practice.   

To find out more: phone 07 854 9205 or click here to email

Waiheke Island:

Regular Activities: Sitting group meets fortnightly on a Friday from 6pm at 11 Ostend Rd as well as Thursdays at 10:30am.

For more information: Phone 09 372 8150 or email



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