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Waking Up to the Peace in Our Hearts: Monastic Retreat (9 days)
May 3 – 12, 2013 (Friday to Sunday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
Led by ordained monastics from the Canadian Forest Sangha, this retreat will focus on the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths. The course will offer contemplative practices that balance concentration with intuitive insight. These meditations help us nurture greater lovingkindness, compassion, wisdom and peace in our hearts.
This course is an invitation to all to experience a taste of monastic life. The traditional eight precepts will be observed – this includes abstaining from eating after noon. Each day’s schedule will include silent sitting, standing, and walking meditations, talks about the teachings, devotional chants, and dedications for the welfare of all beings.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
As IMS’s project to build a new dormitory and to renovate the Catskills continues, there may be a modest amount of noise. At this point, however, work is primarily indoors. Sounds during construction hours (usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm) are minimal and largely contained.
In the Retreat Center meditation hall, the impact of any noise is further reduced by an air circulation and conditioning system that allows fresh air to move around without opening the windows.
The teachers at IMS decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that these particular conditions can be met with the equanimity and grace with which we meet a range of conditions in our lives.
All of us at IMS look forward to supporting you on retreat.
Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni
Ayya Medhanandi Bhikkhuni is the founder and guiding teacher of Sati Saraniya Hermitage, a training monastery for bhikkhunis in Perth, Canada. She took her first vows with Sayadaw U Pandita in 1988 in Myanmar and she received bhikkhuni ordination in 2007 in Taiwan.
Ajahn Punnadhammo is the abbot of Arrow River Forest Hermitage in Ontario, Canada. He has studied and practiced Buddhism since 1979, and was ordained in Thailand in the Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah in 1992.
Listen to one of Ajahn Punnadhammo's talks: Nothing Doing given at IMS on May 7, 2008 – 60 minutes, 27.3 MB (Download, Stream)