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Awareness with Wisdom: Insight Meditation Retreat (9 days)
August 7 – 16, 2015 (Friday to Sunday)
On this silent retreat, suitable for all, we will bring a persevering awareness to the stillness of sitting meditation, as well as to all our general activities. This balance of gentle yet energized attention to the direct experience of the mind and body is a powerful foundation for the gradual development of faith and stability of mind, and for deep insights to arise. These transform our relationship to all life experiences. With practice, even in the midst of our daily activities, we can rest in an enduring sense of wellbeing in every situation.
Traditional teachings and instructions will be offered on mindfulness of mind, body and awareness. An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Susa Talan.
Kamala Masters, an IMS guiding teacher, began practicing in 1975. Trained by Anagarika Munindra and Sayadaw U Pandita, she offers the dharma in the US and abroad. She is also a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui.
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 has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1995, including a year as a nun in Burma. She has been teaching in the Washington, DC, area and around the country since 2001.
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.
Alexis Santos has practiced insight meditation since 2001. A longtime student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, his teaching emphasizes knowing the mind through a natural and relaxed continuity. He brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom.
Vance Pryor, Psy. D., began insight meditation in 1998. He spent time as a monk with Sayadaw U Tejaniya and continues to make regular practice trips to Myanmar. He is currently being trained as a teacher by Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters.