The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat

Registration for this retreat is open

Registration is still open for this retreat!
January 30 - February 07, 2020 (Thursday to Friday)

A lottery will be conducted for this retreat. Registrations are due by October 15, 2019.

Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives.

The Buddha first taught vipassana over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. This silent retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, is rooted in this ancient and well-mapped path to awakening, and draws on the full spectrum of this tradition’s lineages.

An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Sabra Saperstein.

Due to the popularity of this retreat, admission is by lottery. All registrations received by October 15, 2019 will be included in the lottery. Those not confirmed by lottery, as well as any late registrations, will be placed on a wait list.

If you applied for this retreat both of the past two years (i.e. the 2018 and 2019 courses led by Joseph Goldstein) and were not confirmed, you are eligible for special consideration this time, provided you register and notify us, prior to the lottery deadline, that you missed out twice previously.

Because registrations for this course will be particularly high, we will conduct an initial lottery for a select number of spaces, specifically for those who have unsuccessfully applied twice before. We will then conduct a second lottery to fill the retreat from all remaining registrations.