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Awareness with Wisdom: Insight Meditation Retreat (9 days)
August 7 – 16, 2015 (Friday to Sunday)
All scholarship funds have been awarded.
A limited number of Fellowships for Educators are available for this retreat. See Fellowships Available for more information.
On this silent retreat, suitable for all, we will bring a persevering awareness to the stillness of sitting meditation, as well as to all our general activities. This balance of gentle yet energized attention to the direct experience of the mind and body is a powerful foundation for the gradual development of faith and stability of mind, and for deep insights to arise. These transform our relationship to all life experiences. With practice, even in the midst of our daily activities, we can rest in an enduring sense of wellbeing in every situation.
Traditional teachings and instructions will be offered on mindfulness of mind, body and awareness.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
Work on expanding and improving IMS’s Retreat Center dining room is scheduled to start in April or May 2015 and to continue through late August.
Inevitably, this will result in construction and machinery noise. However, this will not be sustained and will mostly take place outdoors during regular construction hours, usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm. Toward the end of the project, there will be some indoor work, but this will be planned for between courses.
To help minimize the impact of the noise, windows in our Retreat Center meditation hall will be kept closed. (The air circulation and conditioning system there allows fresh air to move around very well, without opening windows.)
We have decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that this construction endeavor 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.
Kamala Masters, an IMS guiding teacher, began practicing in 1975. Trained by Anagarika Munindra and Sayadaw U Pandita, she offers the dharma in the US and abroad. She is also a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui.
Listen to one of Kamala's talks: Three Pillars of the Dharma given at IMS on August 14, 2009 – 56 minutes, 38.3 MB (Download, Stream)
Deborah Ratner Helzer
Deborah Ratner Helzer has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1995, including a year as a nun in Burma. She has been teaching in the Washington, DC, area and around the country since 2001.
Mark Nunberg began his Buddhist practice in 1982 and has been teaching meditation since 1990. He co-founded Common Ground Meditation Center in Minneapolis, MN in 1993 and continues to serve as the center’s guiding teacher.
Vance Pryor, Psy. D., began insight meditation in 1998. He spent time as a monk with Sayadaw U Tejaniya and continues to make regular practice trips to Myanmar. He is currently being trained as a teacher by Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters.