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Awareness and Dhamma Wisdom: Insight Meditation Retreat (9 days)
August 2 – 11, 2013 (Friday to Sunday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds have been awarded
On this silent retreat, suitable for all, we will bring a relaxed yet alert continuity of awareness to the stillness of sitting meditation, as well as an increased attention to our general activities. When supported by the Buddha’s teachings on Right View, this balance of gentle yet energized attention to the direct experience of the mind and body is a powerful foundation for deep insights to arise, transforming our relationship to life. In time, this wisdom becomes easily accessible, even in the midst of our daily activities, and we develop an enduring sense of well-being in every situation.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
Inevitably, there is construction and machinery noise as IMS’s project to renovate the Catskills continues. The noise, however, will not be sustained and will mostly take place during regular construction hours (usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm.)
In the Retreat Center meditation hall, the impact of any renovation 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.
Kamala Masters is a co-founder of Vipassana Metta Foundation, and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. A meditator since 1977, she trained intensively in metta (lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) with Sayadaw U Pandita and Anagarika Munindra. Continuing her practice with Sayadaw U Tejaniya, she encourages an open relaxed awareness that has precision and clarity.
Listen to one of Kamala's talks: Three Pillars of the Dharma given at IMS on August 14, 2009 – 56 minutes, 38.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Deborah Ratner Helzer
Deborah Ratner Helzer first took up meditation while working on her engineering degree. She has practiced with Western and Asian teachers, including a year as a nun in Burma. She is currently raising her children and teaching near Washington, DC.
Listen to one of Deborah's talks: Opening the Door to Insight given at IMS on August 4, 2014 – 57 minutes, 39.5 MB (Download, Stream)
Mark Nunberg began his Buddhist practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN in 1993 and continues to serve as the center’s guiding teacher.
Listen to one of Mark's talks: Metta, Wisdom and Mindfulness given at IMS on August 6, 2014 – 61 minutes, 41.7 MB (Download, Stream)