Contemplating Arising and Passing Away: The Path to Insight

This retreat is held online.

IMS Online
This retreat is held online.
May 07 - May 09, 2021 (Friday 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).

During this insight meditation retreat, we will explore impermanence ("anicca" in Pali), which the Buddha identified as one of the three characteristics of conditioned existence. The Buddha encouraged us to practice mindfulness and, in doing so, to contemplate the nature of arising and passing away in the body and the mind. This contemplation creates the conditions for a more direct and intuitive understanding of impermanence. With a deeper understanding, we can begin to let go of clinging and ground our lives in wisdom and compassion. We can cultivate clarity of mind and an open heart, empowering us to meet the challenging conditions of our world. Practitioners of all levels of experience are invited to participate in this retreat, which will include guided meditation, silent sitting and walking meditation periods, dharma talks, and chanting.

For this course, sliding scale fees are $80, $130, or $200. We also offer a scholarship fee of $40, 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. Email for more information or to request a scholarship or 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 Time ET:
Note: all sessions (except practice discussions and Q&R sessions - questions & responses and closing) will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one

Friday, May 7
7 pm - 8:30 pm - Opening and Meditation

Saturday, May 8
10:00 - 11:00 am - Meditation & Instructions
1:00 - 1:45 pm - Dharma Talk
3:30 - 4:30 pm - Meditation & Q&R
5:30 - 6:30 pm - Group Practice Discussions (For one-half of retreatants)
7:00 - 7:45 pm - Guided Meditation

Sunday, May 9
10:00 - 11:00 am - Meditation with Instructions
11:30-12:30 pm - Group Practice Discussions (For one-half of Retreatants)
1:00 - 1:45 pm - Dharma Talk
3:00 - 4:30 pm - Closing, Check-In & Q&R

Information you might find helpful:

Guidelines For Your Home Retreat
IMS Online Program Etiquette
IMS Online FAQ’s