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Mon 26 Jan 2015, 2:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Kotare Venues, 9 Kotare Avenue, Westmere, Auckland

Restrictions: R16


Insight Meditation: a Path of Peace and Freedom

The Buddha’s path of non-harming, tranquility and insight reveals that the highest happiness is an inner peace which can be found here and now. This is something we can know for ourselves, through discovering and developing our innate capacity for living with kindness, presence and wisdom.

This half-day insight meditation workshop is offered by visiting teacher Yanai Postelnik, a member of the Gaia House Guiding Teacher Council in England, and a Core Faculty member of Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts.

Yanai Postelnik grew up in New Zealand and first encountered the teachings of the Buddha and the practice of Insight Meditation while in Asia in 1989. At the request of his teachers, Yanai began teaching at Gaia House, in Devon, England in 1992, and moved to the USA to be the Resident Teacher at Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts in 1995-1996. He then returned to England and has been based in Devon since then. He lives with his wife and teaching partner, Catherine McGee.

Over the years Yanai has taught in Australia, Ireland, France, India, and currently leads retreats in New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, Israel, the USA, and in the UK at Gaia House and around the country. He is much inspired by the immediacy of the human body, heart and mind as open doorways into discovery and awakening, and by the Forest Tradition of Thailand. He draws upon wisdom from the breadth of the Buddha’s teaching and other traditions likewise. He loves to spend time in the wilderness when he can, and includes the transformative power of nature as one of his most important teachers, regularly leading retreats outdoors, in the natural world.

The ticket price covers only the cost of venue hire and a small contribution towards administration costs. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, Yanai is not being paid to teach so there will be an opportunity to offer dana / generosity to him at the end of the workshop.

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