This retreat is designed to strengthen our awareness, to open our hearts, and to calm and steady our minds. Mindfulness and kindness (metta) are both the foundation and heart of the Buddha’s teachings for living a life of wisdom and compassion.
We will practice cultivating a moment-to-moment mindful presence that embraces our bodies, hearts and minds with kindness, caring and understanding. Mindfulness illuminates all things in our lived experience of the present moment – no aspect is left out. Metta is immeasurable kindness. These practices reconnect us in the deepest ways with our inner clarity and inner goodness.
As we practice, we learn to let go of the discontent and suffering we experience with our entangled preoccupations with the past and the future, and simply focus on our direct connection with the present moment. Disentangling ourselves from our habitual reactions and judgments, we learn to see things as they are. We begin to cultivate a kinder, more compassionate relationship with our experiences, ourselves, others, and our world.
This silent retreat is open to both beginning and experienced meditators.
An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Éowyn Ahlstrom.
Teacher Support: Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—offer their teachings freely, and rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. Teachers do not generally receive compensation from IMS program fees. Click here to learn more about teacher support. There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of this program, or you may donate now.