A limited number of fellowships for Educators, Health Care Professionals and Artists are available.
This retreat is full with a short waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds have been awarded.
Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.
The Buddha first taught vipassana over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. This silent retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, is rooted in this ancient and well-mapped path to awakening, and draws on the full spectrum of this tradition’s lineages.
An optional daily period of yoga will be offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom.
Narayan Liebenson finds it a joy and a privilege to share the Buddha’s teachings with all who are interested. She serves as an IMS guiding teacher, and has been a guiding teacher of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center since 1985. Her training includes over 35 years in the Theravada tradition, as well as ten years in Chan with the late Master Sheng-yen.
Listen to one of Narayan's talks: Don't know mind given at IMS on July 18, 2015 – 57 minutes, 39.5 MB Download
Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992. He has been teaching residential retreats since 2007, including the annual Three-Month Retreat at IMS, where he is a core teacher. He also serves as an IMS guiding teacher.
Listen to one of Greg's talks: Walking the Path given at IMS on September 20, 2015 – 50 minutes, 37.6 MB Download
Tim Geil has practiced insight meditation since 1996 and was invited to teach in 2006 by Rodney Smith. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, he is the co-guiding teacher of Seattle Insight Meditation Society.