Freedom and Ease of Being: A Meditation Retreat for Our LGBTIQ Community, September 4–9, with Pascal Auclair & Anushka Fernandopulle
Part 2 – Three-Month Retreat, October 23 – December 4, with Rebecca Bradshaw, Greg Scharf, Winnie Nazarko, Brian Lesage, DaRa Williams & Jill Shepherd
Living the Buddha’s Teachings, December 15–20, with Annie Nugent and Deborah Ratner Helzer
Winter Solstice Insight Meditation Weekend, December 21–23, with Rebecca Bradshaw
The Forest Refuge 2019 schedule will be available during the first week of April.
What exactly do we teach at IMS? Primarily, we offer instruction and guidance in insight and lovingkindness meditations – practices that help bring genuine happiness to our lives.
“This retreat was needed and the timing was perfect. I gained the insight and the assistance I need to make a difference in my life.”
“I felt safe and cared for and had a remarkable retreat experience.”
As the US and the world face significant challenges and upheaval, IMS affirms its commitment to providing a spiritual refuge, where everyone who comes to practice at our centers feels welcomed, honored and included.
We dedicate ourselves to the Buddha’s teachings that hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone, and remain steadfast in upholding non-harming and nonviolence as the pillars of compassionate action.
Never has our meditation practice provided a more important foundation for wise engagement. We counter the destructive forces of greed, hatred and delusion by cultivating friendliness, joy, generosity and peace. These are boundless qualities that inspire our vision and deepen our resilience. They include all, and prompt action that can offer safety and protection for anyone whose race, skin color, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, religion or immigration status puts them at risk.
May oppression and division, and all their causes, be dispelled. May the force of kindness and the power of our collective commitment to justice, inclusiveness and awakening serve all.