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Insight Meditation and the Heart (7 days)

December 6 – 13, 2015 (Sunday to Sunday)

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

This retreat is full with a long waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

The way of meditation is the way of the heart. This silent retreat, open to both new and experienced meditators, will focus on the path of the heart, and how awareness gives access to the joys and sorrows of life with ever increasing sensitivity, stability and love.

Assistant Tim Geil will offer an optional daily period of qigong.


Rodney Smith

Rodney Smith, an IMS guiding teacher emeritus, has taught meditation for over 30 years. He is a former Buddhist monk, worked in hospice for 17 years, is the author of Stepping Out of Self-Deception and Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart, and the founding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society.

Listen to one of Rodney's talks: Abiding with Creation given at IMS on March 11, 2014 – 44 minutes, 30.4 MB (Download, Stream)

Narayan Liebenson

Narayan Liebenson is a guiding teacher of IMS and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and a regular contributor to Buddhadharma magazine. Her training includes over 30 years in the Theravada tradition as well as in Chan with the late Master Sheng Yen.

Listen to one of Narayan's talks: Compassion given at IMS on August 23, 2007 – 45 minutes, 8 MB (Download, Stream)


Tim Geil

Tim Geil began practicing insight meditation in 1996 and has taught since 2006 under the guidance of Rodney Smith in Seattle, WA. He is currently participating in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training.

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