Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Retreat: Honoring (Y)our Doorways to the Dhamma

This retreat is held online.

IMS Online
This retreat is held online.
October 16 - October 18, 2020 (Friday to Sunday)


During this weekend retreat, we invite self-identified people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to gather in community and open ourselves to the transformational potentials of insight meditation. Amidst the difficulties that have arisen this year, including heightened anti-API racism, there is a greater need to cultivate resilience, the capacity for wise response, and a sense of deep connectedness.

We will practice the dharma together as people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage, recognizing both our shared experiences and our differences. In this setting, we will have a unique opportunity to allow our minds to settle and to see the path and our highest intentions more clearly.

During this meditation retreat we will acknowledge and honor our unavoidable need to navigate the relative world of identities as well as the liberating potential of dharma practice to reveal to us the emptiness of identities and all conditioned phenomena. By taking time to cultivate awareness, we strengthen our ability to respond with compassion, insight, and wisdom to whatever is arising in the moment.

This course will incorporate guided meditations, dharma talks, relational practices, and devotional chanting, and is open to all people who self-identify as of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. We welcome both experienced practitioners and those without previous meditation experience.

Daily Schedule - all times listed in Eastern Daylight Time EDT:
Sessions will be held on Zoom and include: Chanting Refuges & Precepts, Guided Meditation, Instructions, Movement, Dharmettes, Q&R, Silent meditation, Relational practice.

Friday, October 16
7 pm - 9 pm - Opening Session

Saturday, October 17
10 am - 12:30 pm - Morning Session
1:30 pm - 5 pm - Afternoon Session

Sunday, October 18
10 am - 12:30 pm - Morning Session
1:30 pm - 3 pm - Closing Session

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