Living Dharma: Essential Teachings for Our Times

Registration is open, with a waitlist.

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January 28 - February 02, 2023 (Saturday to Thursday)


This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.

Join us in this silent retreat as we explore and practice together the key teachings of the Buddha.


-- What is mindfulness?


-- The Four Noble Truths: a path to liberation


-- Working with hindrances to our meditation practice


-- The three characteristics of existence


-- At home in the Brahmaviharas – the heart practices of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity


These core instructions form the foundation for meditators to build a practice that leads us toward wisdom, compassion, and skillful, embodied living.


The essential teachings of the Buddha help to open the heart, settle the mind, and loosen the inner grasping that leads to suffering. During IMS retreats, we are invited into these life-changing practices.


The teachings have been carried forward by countless beings, generation by generation, for 2600 years, and are revealed within our own unique experiences in this moment.


This retreat is open especially to newcomers and all who want to strengthen their practice through an understanding of the core teachings of the Buddha. The daily schedule will include meditation instructions and guidance, alternate periods of silent sitting and walking meditation practice, and talks about the teachings.

A limited number of Hemera Contemplative Fellowships are available.

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.

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