Led by ordained monastics from the Canadian Forest sangha, this silent retreat, open to all, will explore a core aspect of the Buddha’s timeless teachings – the liberating quality of emptiness. As we abandon the illusion of a separate and distinct sense of self, and come to know the essential emptiness of all phenomena, we discover the heart of wisdom.
This retreat is an invitation to all to experience a taste of monastic life. The traditional eight precepts will be observed – this includes abstaining from eating after noon. Each day’s schedule will include sitting, standing and walking meditations, talks about the teachings, devotional chants, and dedications for the welfare of all beings.
Our wish is to make this course accessible to anyone who would like to attend. We offer a You Choose fee option, charging a minimum of just $20 per night (i.e. $160 minimum total). Those who can contribute more, however, help IMS to continue providing financial aid to as many people as possible.
This retreat is full with a short waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.