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An Integrated Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat (8 days)
March 13 – 21, 2015 (Friday to Saturday)
Two of our three scholarship rates are no longer available.
This silent retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, focuses on the embodiment of wisdom and compassion. Through the cultivation of Samadhi (the unification of heart, mind and body), we establish a stable foundation for exploring the patterns of self. As suffering is gently released, the heart recognizes the spaciousness and peace of its original nature. Intuitive understanding and authentic response arise naturally when the non-dual reality of life is recognized.
Pali chanting and mantra recitation will be included in the daily schedule. Optional periods of qigong will be offered, along with a bowing practice centered on the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin.
CE credits are available for Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.
Thanissara, a practitioner since 1975, was a Buddhist nun for 12 years and teaches internationally. She is a director of Dharmagiri in South Africa and has an M.A. in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice.
Listen to one of Thanissara's talks: Without Walls of the Mind given at IMS on March 10, 2011 – 39 minutes, 27 MB (Download, Stream)
Kittisaro, a Rhodes Scholar, spent 15 years as a monk in the Forest sangha of Ajahn Chah. A director of Dharmagiri in South Africa, he has completed two year-long self retreats and teaches worldwide.
Listen to one of Kittisaro's talks: Ice to Water as Dukkha to Peace given at IMS on March 9, 2011 – 33 minutes, 22.7 MB (Download, Stream)
DaRa Williams has practiced insight meditation for 20 years and is a participant in the current IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training. She serves on IMS’s Board of Directors, and has been a clinician and administrator in the mental health field for over 25 years.