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Dhamma Everywhere: Awareness with Wisdom Retreat (14 days)
April 27 – May 11, 2012 (Friday to Friday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
Throughout this two-week retreat, open to all, we will practice seeing that dhamma – the true nature of reality – is revealed everywhere. When the mind is clouded by defilements, or negative states such as anger, fear, greed, confusion and ignorance, we are unable to recognize reality accurately because the quality of wisdom is dimmed. When the mind is unclouded, we can recognize the nature of cause and effect and this further strengthens wisdom. Nature is not ‘I,’ not ‘us,’ nor ‘them,’ nor ‘others.’ Whatever happens in the present moment is nature; even defilements become dhamma. If we experience nature as it really is, the mind is free.
Sayadaw’s teachings will be translated by Moushumi Ghosh (Ma Thet). Observance of the eight monastic precepts, which include abstaining from eating after noon, will be optional. The daily schedule may include periods of open group sittings.
Due to the popularity of this retreat, a lottery will be conducted. All applications are due by December 27, 2011.
Steve Armstrong, a co-founding teacher at the Vipassana Metta Foundation's dhamma sanctuary on Maui, shares the Buddha's teachings on human development and liberation of mind. Out of compassion for future generations, he plants trees and directs the Myanmar Schools Project.
Listen to one of Steve's talks: Four Noble Truths given at IMS on August 13, 2009 – 66 minutes, 45.1 MB (Download, Stream)
Carol Wilson, an IMS guiding teacher, has practiced insight meditation since 1971 with a variety of teachers, including Sayadaw U Pandita and Ashin U Tejaniya, as well as spending a year as a nun in Thailand. She has offered metta and vipassana retreats worldwide since 1986, including the annual IMS Three-Month course.
Listen to one of Carol's talks: Perception of Impermanence given at IMS on October 22, 2006 – 60 minutes, 13.9 MB (Download, Stream)