A Beautiful State of Being: Meeting Others with an Open Heart

This retreat is held online.

IMS Online
This retreat is held online.
December 04 - December 06, 2020 (Friday to Sunday)

In this retreat, we will develop the practice of metta (kindness) meditation, cultivating our natural capacity for an open heart towards ourselves, our communities and all beings. We will offer instructions and metta practices along with reflections that explore the heart of compassion, joy in the happiness of each other, and equanimity in the midst of whatever arises in our lives. In addition to the daily talks, we will offer guidance on how to participate in a retreat from home, weaving your practice into everyday activities and setting aside time for sitting and walking meditation.

This retreat is open to everyone and all practice expressions, from beginners to experienced. Please join just as you are.

A note on dana (generosity)
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood, and receive no compensation from course fees. All IMS online teachers receive a modest dana advance from IMS to guarantee a minimum level of financial support. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of this course.

Cost is sliding-scale: $200, $130, or $80, your choice. Registration fees support the Insight Meditation Society’s work online and at our physical retreat centers in Barre, MA. Scholarships ($40) are available. We welcome you to reach out, nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, please email imsonline@dharma.org.

Daily Schedule - all times listed in Eastern StandardTime EST:
Note: all sessions (except Q&R & final check-in) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one. Q&R = Questions and Responses; we welcome questions and any response will be rooted in the insight of the question.

Friday, December 4
7:30 - 9 pm - Opening Session - Devin, Jozen, Matthew

Saturday, December 5
8 - 9 am - Guided Morning Meditation & Instructions - Devin
11 - 11:45 am - Dharma Talk - Matthew
3 - 4:30 pm - Q&R - Matthew, Jozen, Devin
7 - 7:45 pm - Guided Evening Meditation - Jozen

Sunday, December 6
8 - 9 am - Guided Morning Meditation & Instructions - Matthew
11 - 11:45 am - Dharma Talk - Devin
1:30 - 2 pm - Closing Session - Devin, Jozen, Matthew
2:30 - 3 pm - Final check-in - Jozen, Devin, Matthew