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Three-Month Retreat (84 days)

September 10 – December 3, 2013 (Tuesday to Tuesday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

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This retreat is full with a waitlist.

All scholarship funds for this retreat have been awarded.


This three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahasi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

The teachers will be assisted in Part 1 by Bonnie Duran and Alexis Santos, and in Part 2 by Max Erdstein and Nikki Mirghafori.

Prerequisite is two retreats of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher, or special permission. Please document this experience, including teachers’ names, dates and length of courses when registering, and answer additional questions specifically for this longer-term retreat. Your course participation cannot be confirmed until your information is received and approved.

Special cancellation fees and deadlines apply. 3MO and Part 1: up to July 17, 2013, $100; afterwards, $400 for 3MO and $250 for Part 1. Part 2: up to August 28, 2013, $100; afterwards, $250. Please note that these amounts will apply even if you wish to move from any part of the course to another, or from the full 3MO to either one of the partials.

Thanks to a significant grant from the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation For American Buddhism and generous support from our community, people of color who might not otherwise afford the cost can establish their own course fee, at or above $15 per day (a total of at least $630 for this retreat). February 2013 Update: Due to overwhelming demand, all funds for this opportunity have been used. If you still wish to apply, we will place you on a wait list for funding to attend Part 2 only, since there are currently no spaces left in either Part 1 or the full Three-Month Retreat. Email registration@dharma.org to request this.

Teachers

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein has taught Buddhist meditation worldwide since 1974. A co-founder and guiding teacher of IMS, he also helped envision and establish BCBS and IMS's Forest Refuge center. The author of One Dharma, his latest title is Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening.

Listen to one of Joseph's talks: Liberation Through Non-Clinging given at IMS on November 19, 2008 – 61 minutes, 28.2 MB (Download, Stream)

Carol Wilson

Carol Wilson, an IMS guiding teacher, has practiced insight meditation since 1971 with a variety of teachers, including Sayadaw U Pandita and Ashin U Tejaniya, as well as spending a year as a nun in Thailand. She has offered retreats worldwide since 1986, including the annual IMS Three-Month course.

Listen to one of Carol's talks: Perception of Impermanence given at IMS on October 22, 2006 – 60 minutes, 13.9 MB (Download, Stream)

Guy Armstrong

Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 30 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is an IMS guiding teacher and a governing teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Listen to one of Guy's talks: Working with Difficult Emotions given at IMS on October 2, 2009 – 62 minutes, 42.5 MB (Download, Stream)

Rebecca Bradshaw

Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley, MA. She leads vipassana retreats, including Spanish language courses, emphasizing embodied clarity and kindness. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.

Listen to one of Rebecca's talks: Happiness of Equanimity given at IMS on June 10, 2009 – 57 minutes, 38.5 MB (Download, Stream)

Annie Nugent

Annie Nugent has practiced since 1979 and was an IMS Resident Teacher, 1999-2003. Her teaching style aims to reveal how all aspects of our lives can help us come to a clear and direct understanding of the Truth.

Listen to one of Annie's talks: Trust in the Unfolding Process of the Dharma given at IMS on February 28, 2008 – 55 minutes, 23.2 MB (Download, Stream)

Greg Scharf

Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007. His teaching emphasizes the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation.

Listen to one of Greg's talks: Renunciation given at IMS on April 8, 2011 – 54 minutes, 37.6 MB (Download, Stream)

Andrea Fella

Andrea Fella has practiced insight meditation since 1996, studying with both Western and Asian teachers. With an emphasis on clarity and practicality, she teaches at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, and nationally.

Winnie Nazarko

Winnie Nazarko started dharma practice 30 years ago, asking, 'Why does there have to be suffering in the world?’ A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program, she teaches to help individuals realize their full potential for clarity, balance, kindness and wisdom.

Listen to one of Winnie's talks: Seeing the Good given at IMS on November 11, 2011 – 55 minutes, 37.8 MB (Download, Stream)

Spring Washam

Spring Washam, a founding teacher of the East Bay Meditation Center teaches Vipassana and metta retreats nationally. She is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and is a pioneer in bringing mindfulness based teachings to inner city communities.

Listen to one of Spring's talks: Freedom Through Letting Go given at IMS on September 24, 2011 – 60 minutes, 41.7 MB (Download, Stream)

Bhante Buddharakkhita

Bhante Buddharakkhita was born in Uganda. Meditating since 1993, he was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in 2002 and teaches worldwide. Founder of the Uganda Buddhist Centre, he is also the spiritual advisor of Flowering Lotus in Mississippi, and author of Planting Dhamma Seeds.

Dhammaruwan

Dhammaruwan, born with the ability to recite the Buddha’s teachings in ancient Pali, teaches internationally and is the founder of the Nirodha Centre. Teacher-trained in traditional and modern methods, his teaching encompasses an effective balance of theory and practice.

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