Living Dharma: Working with Fear
Michael Grady & Nakawe Cuebas Berrios
Register for this 2-Day recorded program, and participate at your own pace for 30 days!
Cost is sliding-scale: $195, $100, or $75, your choice.
When we are awake and attentive to the present moment, life reveals that it is continually changing and uncertain, and that people are vulnerable in so many ways. Faced with these challenges, it’s no wonder that we often react with fear, anxiety, and repetitive worrying.
By shining the light of awareness on these conditioned habits of mind, we can free up our potential to respond to difficulties with equanimity and compassion, rather than contract with aversion and suffering.
Drawing on methods grounded in mindfulness, investigation, and lovingkindness, this retreat will encourage and support the development of calm, and a wiser and more open-hearted attitude in working with fear.
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. All IMS online teachers receive a modest dana advance from IMS to guarantee a minimum level of financial support. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teacher at the end of this course.
Click the links below to access individual retreat sessions. The times listed are suggestions. We recommend watching the sessions in order: 1-8. All sessions are listed here.
Michael Grady began practicing Insight Meditation with Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg in 1974 when they first returned from Asia. He has also been a student of the late Chan master Sheng Yen who taught the practice of Silent Illumination – a practice which emphasizes relaxing the body and mind while practicing awareness without expectations or an agenda. Michael is a Core teacher at IMS in Barre, MA and was a Guiding Teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center for more than 20 years. Having taught extensively in both intensive retreats and in an urban dharma center, Michael encourages an attitude towards practice which is wholistic – that all of life is viewed as an opportunity for awakening to freedom.
Nakawe Cuebas Berrios feels blessed to be able to study and journey through different healing and spiritual traditions in her life. The common thread between the many traditions that have touched her path has been the belief that health and wellness depend on a balance between the mind, body, and heart. The healing systems that she has studied are: Midwifery, Chinese acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine and yoga. Spiritually the practices are Lucumi (Cuba), with roots from the African Yoruba culture and indigenous ceremonies. These practices helped to strengthen her connection to the Earth and Cosmos. Her ancestral home is Puerto Rico, blending the Spanish, African and Taino Indian roots that flow from her ancestors, and give her guidance and strength daily. Her Nuyorican roots are honored by her experiences growing up in New York City.
By profession she has been a Midwife for 40 years and has worked in community health centers in the Bronx providing services of midwifery/well women health care.
For over 20 years she has immersed herself in the teachings of the early Buddhist schools, mainly Theravada and Thai Forest. She studied in the Dedicated Practitioners Program and Community Dharma Leaders Program affiliated with Spirit Rock. She teaches Meditation through the Buddha Dharma. Presently she is in the IMS Teacher Training program, where she shares the Dharma by assisting and teaching on retreats. For 10 years she has served as a mentor with the BAUS Prisoner Correspondence course.
She believes we all have the potential to live a life of wisdom and compassion for our benefit and for the benefit and happiness of all beings. These are the teachings of liberation, the truth that she wants to share. She gives gratitude to all her teachers who have guided her throughout the years.