Insight meditation, or vipassana in Pali – the language of the original Buddhist teachings – can be taught in a number of ways. This retreat will offer the method developed by Mahāsi Sayadaw, a highly respected Burmese monk-scholar of the last century.
Noted teachers like Sayadaw U Pandita transmitted this style of meditation practice to many current Western teachers, including IMS co-founders Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield. The method has remained at the core of most IMS retreats over the decades, supplemented with other styles.
This system encourages the use of a “primary object” to develop a steadiness of attention. It also strengthens the deepening of mindfulness by using mental “noting” of what arises as a support for a continuity of awareness. This continuity is a vital aspect of our practice, since it allows awareness to know, with stability, the flow of our changing experience. From this clear seeing, liberating wisdom can arise.
This silent course is open to both new and experienced meditators, and includes instruction and guidance in both insight and metta (lovingkindness) meditations, sitting and walking practice, and time for questions. An optional daily period of mindful movement will also be offered.