Attention, Insight and Ethics

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This weekend examines the relationship between the development of an attention (yoniso manasikara) that leads to a penetrating insight (vipassana) into how we live our lives. 

The way we live our lives can be summed up in the word 'ethics'. Not as a list of rules, but as a responsiveness to the unfolding dimensions of our lives and our interrelationship with others, the environment and other beings.

This course will include extended teaching periods, with space for practice and questions/reflections.

In the words of John Peacock:

"The cultivation of a wise attention (yoniso manasikara) leads to a sensitised perception that cares for (appamada) what it encounters in life. The insight arising from a more caring relationship with the world manifests in the development of an ethical character that truly 'cares' and in mindful forms of judgement that attempt to minimize harm.

Ethics is at the very heart of the Buddha's message about how we live together with Others, both human and non-human. What we develop in meditation is not solely for oneself  but is in service to our relationship with the world."

This event is run in collaboration with Copenhagen Insight Meditation.

Event Details

Additional Information:

  • Non-residential course - Accommodation must be booked independently by participants.
  • Lunch not included, daytime tea and coffee are.


Open to all - new and experienced practitioners alike.


  • The price includes a fee for the teacher, no additional dana will be requested. 
  • Full Payment required on booking (Deposits cannot be taken for weekend courses)
  • A limited number of Bursary places are available for this course.


CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher at Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachussetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha and is engaged in teaching the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her most recent book Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, written with Willem Kuyken, was published in the summer of 2019. 

is both an academic and a Buddhist practitioner of nearly fifty years. Trained initially in the Tibetan Gelugpa tradition in India, he subsequently spent time in Sri Lanka studying Theravada. After doing a doctorate in philosophy, he taught Buddhist and Western philosophy and then Buddhist Studies at the University of Bristol. He went on to be Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, co-direct the Master of Studies programme in MBCT(Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) at Oxford University, and teach Buddhist psychology on the same course.  John is now retired from academia and continues to teach meditation, as he has done for more than thirty-five years.