A supportive refuge for cultivating tranquility, wisdom and compassion

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“Theravada” or “Early Buddhism”? Reflections on IMS's Roots

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IMS's New Teacher Village

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Sarah Doering: Beloved IMS Teacher and Benefactor – 1926-2018

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Want to Get Involved at IMS? View Our Staff and Volunteer Positions

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Right Speech in a Post-Truth World: A Q&A with Oren Jay Sofer

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Retreat Center

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Forest Refuge

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Your Retreat – What to Expect

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Dharma Talks and Meditations

Talks on the practice of meditation are a vital aspect of the IMS retreat experience and help to bring alive the Buddha’s teachings of freedom. At the Retreat Center, teachers offer talks on a daily basis. At the Forest Refuge, talks usually take place twice a week.

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The spirit of generosity guides all aspects of IMS’s vision and operations

Generosity is the first of the ten parami, or qualities of character, that the Buddha taught his students to cultivate. The practice of generosity develops lovingkindness and compassion, deepens awareness of our interconnectedness and encourages non-attachment.