The Buddha observed how easy it is to forget the capacity of the heart for wisdom and love. A meditation retreat can help us remember how essential these qualities are for our very existence.
At first, we may be hesitant to look inside, out of concern for what we may find. But the more deeply we investigate, with a relaxed yet focused attention, the easier it is to know, moment by moment, the reasons we have to love. In letting go of fear and other unsatisfactory, habitual patterns, we discover a heart full of confidence and a mind full of peace.
Throughout this retreat, we will practice meditation together within the refuge of a 2,600-year-old Buddhist legacy of wisdom and kindness. Within the silent container of the course, we can come to know the preciousness of our life and the poignancy of the human condition. From this space of openness, so much goodness unfolds.
The retreat format will include alternate periods of sitting and walking meditation, talks about the teachings, meetings with the teachers, and opportunities for questions. All are welcome!
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.