Recognizing Natural Awareness: Insight Meditation Retreat

This retreat is held online.

IMS Online
This retreat is held online.
February 10 - February 14, 2021 (Wednesday to Sunday)

Both Webinar and Meeting Format (Some program sessions allow you to see and hear only the teacher, while other program sessions will allow you to see and hear the teacher as well as other program participants).

Meditation can be seen as the process of learning to recognize and trust a natural quality of awareness that is available to all of us in any moment, no matter what is happening in our experience. This awareness allows us to open to and connect with the truth of each moment. As we gain confidence in the mind's ability to recognize this natural awareness, we begin to release the burden of trying to control, manipulate, or fix experience so that it meets our ideas of the way it should be, and relax into the truth of the way it actually is. Clear seeing and wisdom arise naturally and we see directly for ourselves what leads to well-being and freedom and what leads to suffering, both in our own life and in the world around us. Through this process we begin to live our lives from a place of greater balance, integrity, confidence, and connection.

This 5-day retreat is open to both beginners and experienced practitioners and will include meditation instruction, dharma talks, and time for questions and practice discussion.

For this course, sliding scale fees are $160, $210, $260, or $400. We also offer a scholarship fee of $80, and no-fee enrollment for those who request a fee-waiver. Our “Pay What You Can Afford" system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and contributes to the health and vibrancy of the sangha. Select the rate of your choice when you register. Emailimsonline@dharma.orgfor more information or to request a no-fee enrollment.

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.

Daily Schedule - all times listed in Eastern Standard Time EST (and in Pacific Standard Time PST)
Note: all sessions (except interactive sessions) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one.

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