Mindfully Facing Disease, Death, Stress, Pain and Illness: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students on the Confluence of Classical and Modern Approaches to Healing, Insight and Liberation – BAKZ (8 days)

March 24 – April 1, 2018 (Saturday to Sunday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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This retreat is full with a waitlist of over 20 people. Please consider choosing another retreat.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

Based on the format of IMS's traditional insight meditation retreats, this course will bring together early Buddhist mindfulness teachings and their modern-day clinical applications through programs such as MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction).

During the retreat, Jon Kabat-Zinn will give evening talks, guide meditations, and hold the space for inquiry and dialogue within the larger embrace of Noble Silence. In the mornings and afternoons, Bhikkhu Anālayo will offer guided meditations based on the 10 perceptions described in the Girimananda-sutta, which culminate in mindfulness of breathing in 16 steps. He will also participate in the dialogue and inquiry sessions. Sally Armstrong and Bonnie Duran will offer practice support through individual and group meetings.

Retreatants are invited to prepare themselves for Bhikkhu Anālayo's instructions by reading his book, Mindfully Facing Disease and Death: Compassionate Advice from Early Buddhist Texts.

Participants are required to have sat at least three silent retreats of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher. Please document this when registering.


Bhikkhu Anālayo

Bhikkhu Anālayo is a German scholar-monk, teacher and author of several books on meditation. He studies Buddhist texts in Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan, with a special interest in Buddhist meditation and the role of women in Buddhism.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD is the founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he is professor of medicine emeritus. He is the author/co-author/editor of 10 books, translated in over 40 languages. He teaches in various venues and leads mindfulness retreats worldwide.

Sally Armstrong

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

Bonnie Duran

Bonnie Duran, DrPH, began Buddhist meditation practice over 35 years ago. She enjoys teaching Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioners Program, short and long retreats, and holds a People of Color and Allies Sangha in Seattle, WA. She also directs the University of Washington's Center for Indigenous Health Research.

Listen to one of Bonnie's talks: Mana (Conceit) and Skillful Means given at IMS on November 9, 2015 – 49 minutes, 33.8 MB Download