The Still Heart of Awareness: An Online Retreat for Experienced Students
Guy & Sally Armstrong
Register for this 8-Day recorded program, and enjoy unlimited access to each recorded session through our replay library.
Cost is sliding-scale: $190, $275, or $500, your choice.
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.
Participants are expected to have attended at least one four-week structured and teacher-led insight meditation retreat, or four similar one-week retreats.
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.
**All times listed are suggestions
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.