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The teachings, practices and realizations of Emptiness have been important themes in Buddhism from the early days of Theravada on through the development of the later Mahayana schools. The key meaning of emptiness is the lack of essence or substance in both ourselves and the world. In this retreat, held within the context of silence, we will introduce and explore the various meanings and implications of emptiness in Buddhist thought and practice through talks, readings, reflections, guided meditations and group discussions.
Participants are required to have sat at least two silent retreats of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher. Please document this when registering.
Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators.
Listen to one of Guy's talks: Joy and Happiness given at IMS on October 23, 2015 – 59 minutes, 40.3 MB Download
Sally Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981, and started teaching in 1996. She is a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has also led Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program for 12 years.
Listen to one of Sally's talks: What is Mindfulness? given at IMS on September 12, 2011 – 57 minutes, 39.6 MB Download
Brian Lesage has studied in the Zen, Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism since 1988. He has taught meditation across the US since 2000 and currently teaches nationwide in the vipassana (insight) tradition. He also has a private Somatic Experiencing® practice.
Listen to one of Brian's talks: Being Somebody and Being Nobody given at IMS on November 25, 2014 – 53 minutes, 36.4 MB Download
Susie Harrington teaches meditation nationwide and has been the guiding teacher for Desert Dharma since 2005. She has trained in the insight tradition since 1989, practicing primarily with Guy Armstrong, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein. In her practice and teaching, she harnesses the skills of inquiry, relational Dharma and the psychological/spiritual interface.