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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.


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. His books include Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, One Dharma, Insight Meditation and others.

Listen to one of Joseph's talks: Liberation Through Non-Clinging given at IMS on June 26, 2016 – 64 minutes, 42.5 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, DrPH, began Buddhist meditation practice 35 years ago. She enjoys teaching Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program, short and long retreats, and holds a People of Color and Allies Sangha in Seattle, WA. She also directs the University of Washington's Center for Indigenous Health Research.

Listen to one of Bonnie's talks: Mana (Conceit) and Skillful Means given at IMS on September 15, 2012 – 53 minutes, 32.3 MB (Download, Stream)

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