April 6, 2020

Embodying Kindness and Wisdom: An Online Retreat with Rebecca Bradshaw, Greg Scharf & Tuere Sala


We’re saddened that we will not be offering Rebecca Bradshaw, Greg Scharf, and Tuere Sala’s retreat this April. As most of you probably know, IMS’s Retreat Center is now closed until May 20, and the Forest Refuge is closed through May 31, due to concerns over COVID-19.

We are thrilled, however, that Rebecca, Greg, and Tuere will offer an online version of their retreat here. The retreat begins on Monday, April 13, at 4pm ET.

At a time when circumstances force us all to isolate, our hope is that this program will bring people together, providing an online space that cultivates intimacy and connection rooted in the Dharma.

If you haven’t done so already, please register for this retreat here.

This page includes the retreat schedule, Zoom information, and other retreat resources provided by the teachers. If you have additional questions, please email us at imsonline@dharma.org.


(Note: All times are Eastern Time and can be adjusted for your own time zone and individual circumstances. To join these sessions, click the corresponding links, below. If you are prompted for a password enter: 369474. Individual  recording links for all live sessions follow the Dhamma Talks section below.)

Monday, April 13—Opening Day

4:00 pm—Retreat Opening

Tuesday, April 14—Saturday, April 18

6:45 am—Morning Sit


9:00 am—Morning Instructions


10:00 am—Individual Practice


12:00 pm—Break


2:00 pm—Afternoon Brahmavihara and Q&A

Wednesday and Friday will include breakout sessions.


3:15 pm—Individual Practice


5:30 pm—Break


6:45 pm—Evening Sit


7:30 pm—Dhamma Talk

The Wednesday night Dhamma Talk was offered live. The others are prerecorded. Please see the schedule below for links to the recommended talks.


9:00 pm—Late Sit

Saturday, April 18—Closing Day

9:00 am—Morning Instructions

10:00 am—Individual Practice

12:00 pm—Break

2:00 pm—Retreat Closing

Dhamma Talks

Tuesday, April 14: Greg Scharf
Field Notes from a Medium-Sized Being
Mindfulness Directed To the Body 

Wednesday, April 15: Tuere Sala (Live)
Link to Recording (Password: C6@52*1V)

Thursday, April 16: Rebecca Bradshaw
Dukkha Dukkha: The Suffering of Unpleasant Experiences
Developing the Steady, Graceful and Confident Heart

Friday, April 17: Greg Scharf
Suffering And The End Of Suffering 
Opening To Dukkha and the Arising Of Faith 
Life of the Buddha — The Heavenly Messengers

Saturday, April 18: Rebecca Bradshaw
The Four Brahmaviharas or Heavenly Abidings

Session Recordings

Monday, April 13
Link to Retreat Opening Recording (Password: k0$unN8+)

Tuesday, April 14
Link to Morning Instructions Recording (Password: c8*m&&G2)
Link to Afternoon Brahmaviharas and Q&A Recording (Password: W4!$7^&&)

Wednesday, April 15
Link to Morning Instructions Recording (Password: v7!p&8#6)
Link to Afternoon Brahmaviharas Recording (Password: d9.E3bHW)

Thursday, April 16
Link to Morning Instructions Recording (Password: D1=6p24K)
Link to Afternoon Brahmaviharas and Q&A Recording (Password: l2?Jj4&0)

Friday, April 17
Link to Morning Instructions Recording (Password: z6?3063J)
Link to Afternoon Brahmaviharas Recording (Password: y9=0+#1#)

Saturday, April 18
Link to Morning Instructions Recording (Password: f7?PM8A3)
Link to Retreat Closing Recording (Password: h8&!@*mN)

Retreat Dana—Donate Now

Home Practice Resources: Mindful Movement and Dharma Seed Talks

Sabra Saperstein

Mindful Movement

Zoom FAQ

Does it cost anything to use Zoom for this retreat?

No. Simply click the meeting links in the schedule above to participate. If you haven’t downloaded the Zoom app, no worries—you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a link listed above. (A basic Zoom license is free.)

Will I be seen and heard by other participants during this online retreat?

The retreat teachers will be the only ones seen and heard during most of the retreat. We will have all participants muted, so you will not need to have your video turned on or worry about your audio working, except to see and hear the retreat teachers. During Q&A sessions you will have the option to turn on your microphone and video to ask a question.

Will Zoom work internationally?

You can start or join a meeting from any international location using:
PC, Mac, & Linux
Android & iOS
H.323/SIP devices
Telephone dial-in

Are there any countries or regions where Zoom doesn’t work?

Yes. Users in certain  countries or regions are unable to access Zoom series for regulatory reasons, such as Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cuba, the Congo, Iran, Iraq, etc. For more information, refer to the US government’s list of sanctioned countries.