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The Buddha's Way to Happiness: Insight Meditation Retreat (4 days)
February 5 – 9, 2014 (Wednesday to Sunday)
This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds have been awarded.
The Buddha was called 'the Happy One.' His life and practice provided the foundation for what he later described as the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. This retreat, open to all, will follow the Buddha's path of mindfulness, concentration and lovingkindness, illustrating how each of us can move from attachment to freedom, from confusion to clarity, and from tension to ease.
Sitting and walking in silence, and investigating the flow of experience moment by moment, we can relinquish the causes of suffering and reclaim our natural happiness.
The teachers will be assisted by Oren J. Sofer. A daily period of mindful movement for all levels of experience and body types will be offered by Jeanne Ann Whittington.
Listen to a brief audio interview with Lila about this retreat offered in 2013 (Download, Stream).
15 CE credits are available for Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. An additional fee of $50 will be payable at the end of your retreat when you receive your certificate.IMS offers CE credits through the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP).
The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy is approved by the AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the criteria for 25 continuing education credits.
The Institute is recognized by the NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFIED COUNSELORS to sponsor continuing education for National Certified Counselors. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. This program is approved for 25 contact hours, Provider #6048, and is applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health and PDP accreditation.
IMP and IMS are not offering CE credits through NASW or any other professional organization. However, in some cases CE credits offered by APA or NBCC are accepted by other professions. You will need to inquire with your accrediting body as to whether this is the case.
Howard Cohn has been leading vipassana retreats internationally since 1985. A psychotherapist and an original member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he brings joy and passion to his teaching with an emphasis on reawakening our natural freedom.
Listen to one of Howard's talks: Happiness of a Buddha given at IMS on on January 31, 2013 – 62 minutes, 42.7 MB (Download, Stream)
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)