Metta is the Pali word for friendship or lovingkindness. It is taught as a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. With its roots in practices said to have been taught by the Buddha himself, metta is traditionally offered along with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others and equanimity. These practices lead to the development of concentration, fearlessness, happiness and a greater ability to love.
This silent retreat, open to both new and experienced meditators, will include instructions for sitting and walking meditation practice, Q&A, talks about the teachings and meetings with the teachers. An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Lissa Edmond. All are welcome!
Sharon Salzberg will offer a daily session each afternoon in the meditation hall, including some combination of teaching, meditation, and/or Q&A. Please note she will not be scheduling meetings with participants or offering evening Dharma talks during this course.
Due to the popularity of this retreat, admission is by lottery. All registrations received by December 14, 2021 will be included in the lottery. Those not confirmed by lottery, as well as any late registrations, will be placed on a wait list. A $1 non-refundable processing fee is due when registering. Those selected by lottery will be notified and asked to make their deposit payment to hold their spot. Those not selected, as well as any late registrations, will be put on a wait list. In order to maintain a valid wait list, deposit payments will be due from anybody who wishes to remain on the list.
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.