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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

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

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 registration@dharma.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.


Sharda Rogell

Sharda Rogell began practicing meditation in 1978 and is a governing teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Influenced by many spiritual traditions, including Dzogchen and the teachings of A.H. Almaas, her primary interest is awakening the heart/mind with embodied presence.

Listen to one of Sharda's talks: Confronting Reality given at IMS on April 12, 2009 – 56 minutes, 38.4 MB (Download, Stream)

Lila Kate Wheeler

Lila Kate Wheeler began practicing vipassana in 1977. Her practice honors a variety of Buddhist lineages. In addition to teaching meditation, she writes fiction, travel journalism and spiritual essays. She lives in Somerville, MA, with her husband, an anthropologist.

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

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)

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