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The Flavors of Kindness: A Retreat on the Divine Abodes (4 days)
May 15 – 19, 2013 (Wednesday to Sunday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
Two of our three scholarship rates are no longer available
During this silent retreat, we will cultivate what the Buddha called "the beautiful states of heart and mind" – the Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes. These are the qualities of love, compassion, joy and equanimity inherent in us all. Our natural, innate kindness will be strengthened and developed by guided sitting meditations, walking meditation practice, discussions and talks about the teachings. As our hearts open, we can discover a sense of creativity, balance, and interconnection with all of life.
If you are 18-26, IMS offers this retreat on a 'You Choose' fee basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register at this rate.
This course is suitable for both new and experienced meditators.
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.
Lila Kate Wheeler
Lila Kate Wheeler attended her first IMS retreat in 1977 and began to teach in the mid-2000s. She remains both a teacher and a student, relying on Theravada, Himalayan, Advaita and Western Buddhist wisdom. Her aim is to help people cultivate insight, tolerance and love. She is also a writer.
Listen to one of Lila's talks: Unconditional Mindfulness given at IMS on January 28, 2011 – 60 minutes, 41.1 MB (Download, Stream)
Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007. His teaching emphasizes the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation.
Listen to one of Greg's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on April 8, 2011 – 54 minutes, 37.6 MB (Download, Stream)