June 17, 2020

The Still Heart of Awareness: An Online Retreat for Experienced Students

The Still Heart of Awareness: An Online Retreat for Experienced Students

Guy & Sally Armstrong

Tuesday, September 1 – Tuesday, September 8

Registration gives you access to the livestream event as well as unlimited access to each recorded session through our replay library.

Cost is sliding-scale: $500, $275, or $190, your choice. Registration fees support the Insight Meditation Society’s work online and at our physical retreat centers in Barre, MA. Scholarships are available. For more information, please email imsonline@dharma.org.

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This retreat will strengthen our understanding and experience of the nature of awareness in meditation practice. We will explore this in three steps. In the first days of the retreat we will build meditative stability through a focus on mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati). In the next phase, we will introduce the practice of lovingkindness (metta) to open us to the beautiful and responsive qualities of heart. Then, with concentration and lovingkindness as our foundation, the final days of the retreat will focus on specific meditative techniques that allow us to rest in the pure nature of awareness.

 

Prerequisites:

Applicants are expected to have attended  at least one four-week structured and teacher-led insight meditation retreat, or four similar one-week retreats.

 

Three-Week Extension:

For those who take part in the Still Heart of Awareness retreat, there will be the opportunity to register for a 21-day extension taught by the same teachers which will take place immediately after.  The extension will offer one teaching a day (except Sundays) which will be designed to continue and further develop the themes of the retreat.  Details on the extension will be coming soon.

A note on dana (generosity)
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood, and receive no compensation from course fees. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of this course.

 

Detailed Daily Schedule – times listed in EDT, Eastern Daylight Time:

 

Tuesday, September 1
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm EDT Opening talk – Guy & Sally

 

Wednesday, September 2
11 am – 11:45 EDT Sit with Instructions – Guy or Sally
2 pm – 2:45 pm EDT Q & A – Guy & Sally
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm EDT Dharma talk – Guy or Sally

 

Thursday, September 3
11 am – 11:45 EDT Sit with Instructions – Guy or Sally
2 pm – 2:45 pm EDT Q & A – Guy & Sally
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm EDT Dharma talk – Guy or Sally

 

Friday, September 4
11 am – 11:45 EDT Sit with Instructions – Guy or Sally
2 pm – 2:45 pm EDT Q & A – Guy & Sally
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm EDT Dharma talk – Guy or Sally

 

Saturday, September 5
11 am – 11:45 EDT Sit with Instructions – Guy or Sally
2 pm – 2:45 pm EDT Q & A – Guy & Sally
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm EDT Dharma talk – Guy or Sally

 

Sunday, September 6
11 am – 11:45 EDT Sit with Instructions – Guy or Sally
2 pm – 2:45 pm EDT Q & A – Guy & Sally
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm EDT Dharma talk – Guy or Sally

 

Monday, September 7
11 am – 11:45 EDT Sit with Instructions – Guy or Sally
2 pm – 2:45 pm EDT Q & A – Guy & Sally
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm EDT Dharma talk – Guy or Sally

 

Tuesday, September 8
11 am – 12 noon Closing Session – Guy & Sally

The teachers ask that you agree to a daily schedule which includes the three teacher-led sessions listed above, as well as four additional sittings at times of your own choosing. Please see the suggested daily schedule below. You are welcome to modify the times between the teacher-led sessions as needed.

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Teacher Bios

Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa.  He began teaching in 1984 and has led meditation retreats worldwide.  He is an IMS guiding teacher and author of Emptiness: A Practical Guide for Meditators.

Sally Armstrong began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981 and started teaching in 1996. She is a member of Spirit Rock Teacher’s Council. and has served as a co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock. She developed and led Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program for many years, and also created the Advanced Practitioner Program. She has a keen interest in supporting students who want to deepen their practice and understanding, and regularly teaches the long retreats at Spirit Rock and IMS.

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