When the mind is relaxed, aware and supported by skillful knowledge, wisdom arises naturally and we see our world through the eyes of the Dhamma. Seeing things "as they have come to be" is the foundation for well-being and liberation.
This silent retreat will emphasize developing a continuity of awareness that is supported by right attitude and right effort, gradually opening to awareness of mind, one of the four foundations of mindfulness taught by the Buddha. The open, receptive, appreciative qualities of metta and the caring, interested and responsive qualities of compassion arise naturally and spontaneously as we practice in this way.
Throughout this course, suitable for beginning as well as experienced students, the daily format will include self-scheduled periods of sitting and walking meditation practice to enhance self-reliance, regular group check-ins with the teachers, and an optional daily awareness in movement session led by Franz Moeckl.
Carol Wilson, an IMS guiding teacher, has practiced insight meditation since 1971 with a variety of teachers, including Sayadaw U Pandita and Ashin U Tejaniya, as well as spending a year as a nun in Thailand. She has offered metta (lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) retreats worldwide since 1986, including the annual IMS Three-Month course.
Listen to one of Carol's talks: Perception of Impermanence given at IMS on April 20, 2017 - 62 minutes, 42.7 MB Download
Steve Armstrong, a co-founding teacher at the Vipassana Metta Foundation's dhamma sanctuary on Maui, shares the Buddha's teachings on human development and liberation of mind. Out of compassion for future generations, he plants trees and directs the Myanmar Schools Project.
Listen to one of Steve's talks: Torments: Known and Released given at IMS on April 19, 2017 – 62 minutes, 42.5 MB Download
Alexis Santos has practiced insight meditation since 2001, including several years as a Buddhist monk in Burma. A long-time student of Sayadaw U Tejaniya, he brings a practical, intuitive and compassionate approach to the development of wisdom.