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This retreat, held within the context of silence, will focus on the embodiment of insight that reveals a blessed sacredness within all life. Through training our attention, wise discernment and investigation, the Amata Dharma - undying Dharma - is intuitively known as the core matrix of pure consciousness within all that emerges and dissolves. Such knowing begins to transform our world, personally and collectively, enabling and strengthening an inner sense of freedom and confidence.
The course, open to both beginners and experienced practitioners, will explore these themes supported by guided meditations, talks about the Buddha's teachings, check-ins with the teachers, Pali chanting, Bodhisattva Kuan Yin devotions and qigong.
This program qualifies for 24 continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers and nurses. Please check our CE page for more information.
Thanissara trained in the monastic Forest Sangha of Ajahn Chah for 12 years. She has led retreats since 1988, co-founded Dharmagiri in South Africa, and has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy. In addition, she is the author of several books and co-author of Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism.
Listen to one of Thanissara's talks: The Immensity of Awareness given at IMS on October 12, 2017 – 44 minutes, 31 MB Download
Kittisaro, a Rhodes Scholar, spent 15 years as a monk in the Forest Sangha of Ajahn Chah. A co-founder of Dharmagiri in South Africa and co-author of Listening to the Heart: A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism, he teaches worldwide.
Listen to one of Kittisaro's talks: Attending to the Immovable given at IMS on October 10, 2017 – 62 minutes, 43 MB Download
DaRa Williams has practiced vipassana meditation for 25 years and serves as an IMS guiding teacher. She is also a certified coordinating trainer for Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Complex Trauma Therapy and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in the New York City area. "It is my experience that meditation and the Dharma are ideal for transforming suffering. Awareness, wisdom and a compassionate heart become the vehicle for transformation, connection and freedom."
Yong Oh has studied Soto Zen and Vipassana with various teachers since 2006. He is an acupuncturist, a mindfulness/meditation teacher and a graduate of Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leaders Program. He is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program.