Mindfulness: The Gateway to Insight

This retreat is held online.

IMS Online
This retreat is held online.
October 27 - October 30, 2020 (Tuesday to Friday)


On Demand: Practice with IMS teachers on your schedule, at your own pace!

Contemporary uses of the word mindfulness tend to emphasize how we can more fully inhabit our lives, being present with whatever is happening in the moment. While this in itself is of great benefit, the classical practice of mindfulness explores the understanding of our lives more deeply: what brings us happiness, what are the causes of suffering, are we as alone as we tend to think we are, are we in control of anything?

Developing insight and wisdom is considered the most important function of mindfulness, revealing both personal insights into our own conditioning and universal insights into the three characteristics of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and emptiness. This course will explore the nature of insight and these three characteristics as a vehicle to liberation. It will consist of talks, guided meditations and Q&A. Beginning and more experienced meditators are welcome.

Daily Schedule - Tuesday, October 27 through Friday, October 30:
All times listed in Eastern Daylight Time EDT
Note: all sessions will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT (1.5 hours) Sharon Salzberg
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM EDT (45 minutes) Andrea Castillo
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EDT (1.5 hours) Joseph Goldstein
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM EDT (45 minutes) Andrea Castillo

Cost is sliding scale: $79, $129, or $329. Registration fees support the Insight Meditation Society’s work online and at our physical retreat centers in Barre, MA.

A note on dana (generosity)
For this course, we are excited and grateful to announce that a donor has generously provided the dana for the teachers of this course. Thanks to this offering, and the generosity of your teachers, all dana given for this course will support IMS during this extraordinary time of closure. There will be an opportunity to offer dana at the end of this retreat. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) Your generosity will support online programs like this course, sustain IMS’s physical retreat centers in Barre, Massachusetts, and provide financial assistance to ensure that all who seek the teachings are able to do so.

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