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Heartwood Insight Canberra

What is Heartwood Insight Meditation group?

Heartwood Insight is a Mindfulness meditation group based in Canberra. We draw heart and inspiration from the Buddha Dharma. The Buddha meditated under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya until there was an undistorted clear comprehension of a life free from greed, aversion and delusion.
Heartwood Insight facilitates and supports meditation and mindfulness practices that respond with kindness and compassion to oneself and others as well as developing insight leading to wisdom. Participants have the opportunity to learn meditation techniques; develop mindfulness in everyday life and engage in discussions and dharma talks.

What is Insight Meditation?

The word 'Insight' or 'Vipassana' in Pali (the language of the Buddha) means to see deeply and clearly into the nature of existence and does not relate inherently to any specific technique or meditation teacher. The Buddha conveys the possibility of a range of meditation and mindfulness practices to support calm and insight.
The Insight meditation tradition in the west has many branches and includes many lay teachers and practitioners. Some teachers have been monks and nuns in countries such as Thailand and Burma. Inspiration is drawn from the roots of the Buddhist tradition and contemporary Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. Insight meditation practices continue to be part of a living tradition in both eastern and western countries. It is open to different influences and flavours depending on changing cultural and social mores.
At the heart, Insight, is a contemplation of the heart/mind and a wish to end suffering for ourselves and others.

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Forthcoming Event: Developing Insight

For details and to register see: https://www.facebook.com/events/858431587873933/

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Schedule: Sittings and retreats in Canberra

Christine is available to lead and be a guiding teacher for a sitting group. She welcomes input from others in discussing possibilities for starting a Heartwood Insight Meditation group in Canberra. If you are interested in forming a group, and in particular exploring the expertise and organisational support needed to start a sitting group and hold retreats in the Canberra area please get in touch. Christine also welcomes anyone who wishes to participate in a sitting group to get in touch at: christine.heartwood.thompson@gmail.com. buddha image from Indonesia



Core Activities: What happens at Heartwood?

Heartwood Insight Canberra focusses around a group of core activities including; sitting meditation, walking meditation, guided meditations as well as dharma talks and discussions. You will be encouraged to integrate formal meditation with day to day life and to engage in Mindful Awareness.

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About Christine

Christine has been on a life-long spiritual journey embracing teachings of inquiry and insight from across traditions. She has been influenced by J. Krishnamurti, Vimala Thakar and H.W.L. Poonja. However the Buddha Dharma has landed fully in her heart/mind. Christine sat her first Vipassana retreat with S.N. Goenka in 1975 and since then has studied with a range of Dharma teachers both lay and monastic including Christopher Titmuss, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Anagarika Munindra as well as Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg. Christine also participated on the Dharma Facilitators Program over a six year period with Dharma Teacher, Radha Nicholson.
Christine has lived in a dharma community in the U.K. with Christopher Titmuss and Christina Feldman for four years. In her capacity as a psychotherapist and social worker, she has taught Mindfulness meditation to individuals and groups in the mental health and drug and alcohol fields. Until moving to Canberra, Christine was the Senior Buddhist Chaplain for Prisons under the auspices of the Buddhist Council of Victoria and Corrections Victoria. As part of this role Christine taught meditation and gave Dharma talks. She is currently a Buddhist chaplain for NSW Corrections.
As well as long personal retreats in India, Christine sat a three month retreat in the U.S. guided by Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg and a two month personal retreat at the Forest Refuge, also in the U.S at IMS. Christine has been an assistant teacher at the Thai Temple, Bodh Gaya with Christopher Titmuss and Radha Nicholson and taught groups at the Dharma Gathering in Sarnath, India. Before moving to Canberra, Christine was a Dharma teacher as part of Melbourne Insight Meditation Group (MIMG). Christine is a Mindfulness Mentor on Christopher Titmuss’s Mindfulness Training Course (online).
Christine moved to Canberra in October 2015, and is in the process of forming ‘Heartwood Insight Canberra’. Christine is available to give Dharma talks and teach meditation to a variety of groups as well as looking for people who can help set up day sittings and longer retreats for Heartwood Insight. For further details please contact Christine.





buddha shrine in Bhaktipur ca. 1990

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