July 17, 2020

The Four Beautiful Qualities of Heart: An Online Meditation Retreat

The Four Beautiful Qualities of Heart: An Online Meditation Retreat

Narayan Helen Liebenson

Friday, August 21 – Wednesday, August 26

Registration gives you access to the livestream event as well as unlimited access to each recorded session through our replay library.

Cost is sliding-scale: $240, $390 or $600, your choice. Registration fees support the Insight Meditation Society’s work online and at our physical retreat centers in Barre, MA.

Financial Assistance is available. We invite you to reach out—nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. To inquire, please email imsonline@dharma.org.

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This retreat will focus on the principles and practices of the Brahmaviharas, or beautiful qualities of heart. These include kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), joy (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha) and are extended both inwardly, towards ourselves, and outwardly, towards others.

We will practice accessing and cultivating these qualities in a systematic way, practicing kindness on the first two days and expanding to compassion, joy, and equanimity one day at a time.

Through inclining the mind towards these qualities in a sustained way, what begins as a fragile seed becomes a stable tree that gives cover when needed. Through understanding the principles of these practices, and practicing with confidence and steadiness, these qualities within our hearts become where we dwell and feel most at home. In this way, we can be a refuge, a home, for one another.

Optional movement will be offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom.

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.

Daily Schedule:

**all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Note: all sessions (except Q&A, movement and closing session) will be recorded and posted so you can view later if you miss the livestream.

Friday, 8/21
10 am – 11 am –  Guided Meditation & Introduction to Retreat
12 – 12:30 pm – Dharma Talk 
2 pm – 2:45 pm – Check-In & Q&A
3 pm – 3:30 pm – Movement with Éowyn
3:45 – 4:30 pm – Guided Meditation 

Saturday, 8/22
10 am – 11 am –  Guided Meditation & Instructions
12 – 12:30 – Dharma Talk 
2 pm – 2:45 pm – Check-In & Q&A
3 pm – 3:30 pm – Movement with Éowyn
3:45 – 4:30 pm – Guided Meditation 

Sunday, 8/23
10 am – 11 am –  Guided Meditation & Instructions
12 – 12:30 – Dharma Talk 
2 pm – 2:45 pm – Check-In & Q&A
3 pm – 3:30 pm – Movement with Éowyn
3:45 – 4:30 pm – Guided Meditation  

Monday, 8/24
10 am – 11 am –  Guided Meditation & Instructions 
12 – 12:30 – Dharma Talk 
2 pm – 2:45 pm – Check-In & Q&A
3 pm – 3:30 pm – Movement with Éowyn
3:45 – 4:30 pm – Guided Meditation 

Tuesday, 8/25
10 am – 11 am –  Guided Meditation & Instructions 
12 – 12:30 – Dharma Talk 
2 pm – 2:45 pm – Check-In & Q&A
3 pm – 3:30 pm – Movement with Éowyn
3:45 – 4:30 pm – Guided Meditation 

Wednesday, 8/26
10 am – 11 am –  Guided Meditation & Instructions
12 – 12:30 – Dharma Talk 
2 pm – 2:45 pm – Reflections & Closing of Retreat

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Teacher Bios

Narayan Helen Liebenson finds it a joy and a privilege to share the Buddha’s teachings with all who are interested. She serves as an IMS guiding teacher, and has been a guiding teacher of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center since its inception in 1985.

Her training over the past forty years includes study in the United States and in Asia with meditation masters in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan traditions.  She was a student of the late Chan master Sheng Yen for over ten years. Asked by Master Sheng Yen to teach, Narayan decided to integrate her understanding of Zen into her already existing Vipassana lineage.

Narayan is the author and illustrator of a small book titled Life as Meditation, and for many years wrote a meditator’s advice column in Buddhadharma magazine. Her latest book, The Magnanimous Heart, was published by Wisdom Publications in January, 2019.

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