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From the perspective of the Buddha’s teachings, there are basically two ways that we as human beings can live our lives. We can be either mindful of the present moment and its contents, or not. The consequences are diametrically opposed. Being mindful of the present moment supports happiness in our lives. Not being mindful leads to suffering. During this silent weekend retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, we will explore various techniques and approaches that train the heart and mind to be present in a way that is both relaxed and alert.
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.