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The Nature of Awareness: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students (7 days)
April 12 – 19, 2013 (Friday to Friday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
All scholarship funds have been awarded, feel free to call us for a payment plan
Awareness is the heart of sentient life, the central faculty that reveals to us all the phenomena of our experience. Usually, in both meditation and daily life, we pay more attention to phenomena and little to awareness itself. This retreat is an opportunity to focus on the nature of awareness so that we can explore this mysterious, innate capacity for knowing. This practice can open the door to emptiness, profound understanding and great freedom.
The teachers will be assisted by Erin Treat.
Participants are required to have sat at least one retreat of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher. Please document this when registering.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
As IMS’s project to build a new dormitory and to renovate the Catskills continues, there may be a modest amount of noise. At this point, however, work is primarily indoors. Sounds during construction hours (usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm) are minimal and largely contained.
In the Retreat Center meditation hall, the impact of any noise is further reduced by an air circulation and conditioning system that allows fresh air to move around without opening the windows.
The teachers at IMS decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that these particular conditions can be met with the equanimity and grace with which we meet a range of conditions in our lives.
All of us at IMS look forward to supporting you on retreat.
Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is an IMS guiding teacher and teaches regularly at the fall Three-Month Retreat.
Listen to one of Guy's talks: Joy and Happiness given at IMS on October 23, 2015 – 59 minutes, 40.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Lila Kate Wheeler
Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first IMS retreat in 1977 and is still learning. She has been encouraged to teach in the Theravada, Vajrayana and Hindu Advaita traditions. Her aim is to help people cultivate love, tolerance, and freedom. She also writes fiction.
Listen to one of Lila's talks: Equanimity, an Attitude given at IMS on February 6, 2016 – 52 minutes, 32.1 MB (Download, Stream)