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People of Color Retreat (6 days)

June 13 – 19, 2012 (Wednesday to Tuesday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

This insight meditation course, co-sponsored by IMS and New York Insight Meditation Center, creates a space of ease and support for people of color to meditate together and cultivate inner freedom. Held in an environment of silence, it provides an in-depth experience of the Buddha’s teachings on mindful awareness, illuminating a path toward healing and greater happiness. Those without previous meditation experience are encouraged to participate.

Our wish is to make this retreat accessible to any person of color who would like to attend. We offer a ‘You Choose’ fee option, charging a minimum of just $15 per day (total of $90). Those who can contribute more, however, help ensure that the community of POC meditators continues to flourish.

Free bus transportation is provided on a first-come, first-served basis between New York City and IMS. Please note that as of March THE BUS IS FULL and if you request a seat you will be placed on a long wait list for the bus. Most likely you will have to make your own travel arrangements.

Teachers

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein has taught Buddhist meditation worldwide since 1974. A co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS, he also helped envision and establish BCBS and IMS's Forest Refuge center. The author of One Dharma, his latest title is Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening.

Listen to one of Joseph's talks: Liberation Through Non-Clinging given at IMS on November 19, 2008 – 61 minutes, 28.2 MB (Download, Stream)

Gina Sharpe

Gina Sharpe has studied and practiced the dharma for many years. She is the guiding teacher of New York Insight Meditation Center, which she co-founded in 1997.

Listen to one of Gina's talks: Compassion - When Love Meets Suffering given at IMS on August 30, 2011 – 57 minutes, 39.1 MB (Download, Stream)

Bhante Buddharakkhita

Bhante Buddharakkhita was born in Uganda. Meditating since 1993, he was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in 2002 and teaches worldwide. Founder of the Uganda Buddhist Centre, he is also the spiritual advisor of Flowering Lotus in Mississippi, and author of Planting Dhamma Seeds.

Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran, Dr.P.H., began Buddhist meditation practice 30 years ago. She is currently participating in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training and is a dharma leader at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. An associate professor of public health, she directs the University of Washington’s Center for Indigenous Health Research.

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