August 26, 2019

Announcing—IMS Urban Retreats

This fall, IMS will launch a new series of non-residential retreats designed to support meditators in urban areas who seek an intensive IMS practice experience closer to home. IMS Urban Retreats are led by IMS teachers and feature many of the same qualities of retreat structure and practice experience offered in residential retreats at IMS. The first IMS Urban Retreats will be offered in NYC in partnership with New York Insight Meditation Center.

This urban retreat series is a natural extension of IMS’s core mission to offer refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart. We recognize that for many, the time, travel and expense involved in longer residential retreats is a serious challenge. IMS’s Urban Retreats are designed to address those needs.

All IMS Urban Retreats support the practices of noble silence, sitting and walking meditation and teacher dana.

The practice of noble silence entails a quieting of the body and voice that helps cultivate a calm and peaceful retreat environment. For the duration of each retreat, participants will maintain silence—refraining from verbal or non-verbal communication with others,  including evenings during retreats when participants are not on site.

Another feature of all IMS retreats is the practice of teacher dana. IMS teachers follow the ancient Buddhist tradition of freely offering the teachings, which means they receive no compensation for teaching at IMS or at any Insight meditation center and rely instead on the generosity of course participants for a sustainable income. There will be an opportunity for participants to offer contributions to the teachers at the end of each urban retreat.

The IMS Urban Retreats will range from 2-3 days, often spanning holiday weekends to accommodate work schedules.

To register for an IMS Urban Retreat, see availability below:

When Awareness Becomes Natural: An IMS Urban Retreat
taught by Alexis Santos at New York Insight
with Susa Talan offering mindful movement

Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 9:00 am – 6:00pm
Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 9:00 am – 4:00pm

“When awareness becomes natural,” as renowned Theravadan Buddhist monk Sayadaw U Tejaniya explains, our practice becomes part of our life, rather than a separate activity or pastime.

Insight Meditation Society (IMS) is pleased to present this weekend urban retreat at New York Insight (NYI). Wisdom and compassion are natural to the mind and they develop when we learn to attend skillfully to our experience with awareness. They arise when the mind is not obscured by confusion and distractedness, anxiety and fear, and the relentlessness of desires and wants. And yet these afflictive habits of mind are natural as well – meaning they are not a self. They also arise due to causes and conditions that can be understood.

Through relaxing the body and mind, we can come to understand the effortless nature of being mindful. This natural awareness leads to the blossoming of wisdom and compassion.

To register, or for more on this IMS Urban Retreat at New York Insight, visit here.