BMIMC Retreats

2017

Steven Smith, 2014
Nine-day retreat with Steven Smith

Fri 27 Oct to 4 Nov 2017 waiting list only

Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, Steven Smith was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by the late revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven teaches Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) in meditation retreats in Asia, Hawai’i, North America and Australia.

Developing the Mind, Strengthening the Heart: Jill Shepherd

Wed 29 Nov to 3 Dec 2017 CANCELLED

In this four-day residential retreat we will deepen the practice of insight meditation through an experiential exploration of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in the Satipatthana Sutta, supported by the brahma vihara practices of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teacher. This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Unwrapping Insight - Weekend Retreat with Andrew Luff

Fri 15 Dec to 17 Dec 2017 Places Available

This retreat will focus on learning how to meet a our experience with a gentle intention, giving permission for experience to arise so we can become familiar with it, developing  a gentle familiarity with our experience as it gives rise to calm and wisdom. 

2018

New Year, new beginnings with Jill Shepherd & Graham Wheeler

Wed 10 Jan to 14 Jan 2018 Male places available

As the New Year rolls in, this four-day residential retreat will provide a rare opportunity to slow down, take stock, release what’s no longer needed, and re-connect with our deepest aspirations.

Foundations of Buddhism and Meditation with Danny Taylor

Fri 2 Feb to 4 Feb 2018 Places Available

Additional Sydney sessions on Sat 10 Feb; Sun 13 May; Sat 23 Jun

This overall process is for people interested in the foundations of Buddhism and its relationship to meditation. It consists of four connected events, starting with a weekend at BMIMC, and half and full day follow-ups in Sydney. Meditation will be significant in our time together, but explored and practiced in its Buddhist context as a foundation for living. The extended format will allow us to experiment with integrating meditation into our everyday lives. This process is for people new to Buddhism but is also open to anyone drawn to this topic.

Nine day retreat with Patrick Kearney

Fri 9 Feb to 18 Feb 2018 Male places available

Patrick teaches satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He emphasises the cultivation of a felt continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. As we become intimate with what is already present we discover the radical simplicity of the practice, and we learn to “live independently, not clinging to anything in the world” (Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta MN 10).

Steven Smith, 2014
Seven-day retreat with Steven Smith

Fri 2 Mar to 10 Mar 2018 Places Available

Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, Steven Smith was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by the late revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven teaches Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) in meditation retreats in Asia, Hawai’i, North America and Australia. He co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 and in 1995 founded the MettaDana Project for educational and medical projects in Burma. Also in 1995 Steven helped establish the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma, headed by the late Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery.

Four week retreat with Sayādaw U Vivekananda

Sun 1 Apr to 28 Apr 2018 Ballot Registration Open

Sayādaw U Vivekananda has trained under the Ven. Sayādaw U Panditabhivamsa of Myanmar since 1988. He is the resident teacher and abbot at Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center, Lumbini, Nepal. He has been teaching in the tradition of the Ven. Mahasi Sayādaw since 1998. Ven. Vivekananda guides meditators in a precise and encouraging manner though daily yogi interviews.

This is an eight-precept retreat – no food to be taken after midday. 

Seven-day study retreats with Bhikkhu Anālayo (Douglas Park NSW)

Sat 14 Jul to 28 Jul 2018 Places Available

This course will undertake an in-depth study of mindfulness meditation based on a comparative study of the three extant versions of the Satipatthāna-sutta, where besides the well-known version in the Pali Canon, two parallels have been preserved in Chinese.

Month-long retreat with Ariya Baumann

Fri 3 Aug to 1 Sep 2018 Places Available

Ariya B. Baumann (formerly Ven. Ariya Nani) was a Buddhist nun for 21 years, ordained in Burma by Sayadaw U Janaka. For many years she had been guiding foreign meditators at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center. She now lives in Switzerland and teaches mettā and vipassanā retreats worldwide. For further detail see Ariya’s blog.

This is an eight precept retreat – no meals taken after midday

Nine-day retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 14 Sep to 23 Sep 2018 Places available

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised with Western teachers and Burmese meditation masters in the Mahasi lineage of Insight Meditation in Burma, Nepal, the United States and Australia since 1983. Her main teachers have been Michele McDonald, Sayadaw U Pandita, John Hale and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. Lesley’s teaching focusses on developing a loving gentleness towards our own minds and on the importance of exercising autonomy and responsibility for our own development. This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Long weekend retreat with Michael Dash

Sat 29 Sep to 1 Oct 2018 Places available

The focus of this retreat is on realistic and practical understanding of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation with an emphasis on personalising the practice and using it in everyday life.

Michael Dash has been a Buddhist practitioner for over twenty years, studying in Australia, Thailand and Burma, where he trained in satipatthāna vipassanā meditation in the Mahāsī tradition. He also has led the Centre’s regular group sits in Sydney and is a professional counselor.

Nine day retreat with Patrick Kearney

Fri 5 Oct to 14 Oct 2018 Places available

Patrick teaches satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He emphasises the cultivation of a felt continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. As we become intimate with what is already present we discover the radical simplicity of the practice, and we learn to “live independently, not clinging to anything in the world” (Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta MN 10).

Steven Smith, 2014
Seven-day retreat with Steven Smith

Fri 19 Oct to 27 Oct 2018 Places available

Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, Steven Smith was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by the late revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven teaches Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) in meditation retreats in Asia, Hawai’i, North America and Australia.

Weekend retreat with Tara Frances

Fri 23 Nov to 25 Nov 2018 Places available

Tara encourages a relaxed and spacious approach to meditation to support the development of confidence and independence in practice.  The weekend comprises instruction and formal practice sessions in both metta (lovingkindness) and mindfulness meditation, as well as an engaged attention to everday activities. These will be presented within the context of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.

Unwrapping Insight - Weekend Retreat with Andrew Luff

Fri 14 Dec to 16 Dec 2018 Places Available

This retreat will focus on learning how to meet a our experience with a gentle intention, giving permission for experience to arise so we can become familiar with it, developing  a gentle familiarity with our experience as it gives rise to calm and wisdom.