IMS Online Schedule

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October 4, 2022 (Recurring: First Tuesday Every Month)

Indigenous Insight: A Monthly Gathering

Open to all self-identified Indigenous peoples only. Beginning January 4, 2022, monthly sessions will bring together Indigenous voices and hearts to explore the Buddha’s teachings through the lens of the Indigenous experience. Each session will feature a short talk, silent or guided meditation, and a Q&A or other opportunity for discussion. Core themes include: Creating community space for dialogue, and for stillness; Stepping out of day-to-day experience to touch the inner space of the heart; Honoring and sharing the practices that unite Indigenous people and those that are unique to a particular view or origin.


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August 14, 2022

IMS Mini Retreat: Choosing Wisdom

Open to all meditators with at least one year of meditation experience. Through insight meditation, we get to know the qualities of the heart-mind and how to cultivate its highest expression. With skillful and dedicated practice, we may come to recognize moments of choice and opportunity in our lives, and better discern which options may result in freedom, and which paths are likely to lead to additional suffering. This summer, join bruni dávila for a special Mini Retreat exploring the themes of choice and wise selection, and nourish yourself through the support of community and the sharing of the innate qualities of our hearts. This program is offered live and will not be recorded.


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August 15, 2022 (Recurring: Every other Monday at 6:00pm ET)

BIPOC Sangha: A Bi-Weekly Gathering

Open to all self-identified BIPOC only. The BIPOC Sangha is a bi-weekly gathering of practitioners who meditate together and explore the teachings of the Buddha in the light of personal experience. Each weekly gathering includes a short talk, guided meditation, and/or a silent sit for about 30-40 minutes. Some gatherings add a 10-15 minute question and response period to help support the practice.


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September 2, 3 & 4, 2022

Refuge: A Monastic-Led Weekend Retreat

Open to all. With all the troubles of the world right now it can be hard to find a place for our hearts to rest, and yet it is essential that we do. Over this weekend we will gather online as a sangha to support greater stability and connection in our practice. Taking refuge in sangha can support us to fully arrive in the present, turning towards things as they are. In turning towards our experience, we grow in courage, compassion, and wisdom, developing greater capacity to open up to life as our teacher. There will be an opportunity to take the Three Refuges and Five Precepts at the beginning of the retreat. During the retreat, Ayya Anandabodhi will share core teachings of the Buddha on refuge and letting go, offer meditation instruction, and invite questions and comments. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence.


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September 9 & 10, 2022

A Direct Path to Happiness Part III

Open to all. The Buddha identified ten qualities of character that were necessary for the development of an awakened life. Today, the cultivation of these ten virtues is more important than ever as we individually and collectively seek to navigate an increasingly complex world. This September, join Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg for the third gathering in a series of special events exploring the ten virtues. In Part III of A Direct Path to Happiness, we focus on the qualities of morality, truthfulness, and energy.  What does morality look like in our everyday reality when it is based on the Buddha’s statement that “If you truly loved yourself, you’d never harm another?” Why is truthfulness separated out from other ethical considerations for special emphasis? And sometimes the word courage is used to describe this quality, instead of energy…what’s that about? Together, Sylvia, Sharon, and the community of attendees will explore the qualities of morality, truthfulness and energy through dialogue, sitting and walking meditation, and question & answer sessions. This special event is open to people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and experience levels.


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September 11, 2022

IMS Mini Retreat: The Body and the Five Hindrances

During this half-day retreat we will explore the body as the foundation for the cultivation of Mindfulness, and as a helpful tool to recognize the presence or absence of the Five Hindrances. The Hindrances are five common states, sensual desire, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and worry, and doubt, that hinder our progress in the practice. This September, join Andrea Castillo for an exploration of how to learn to recognize the Five Hindrances in the body, and in the mind. Our exploration will consist of guided and silent meditations, teachings, Q&A, and a participatory exercise. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Experienced meditators are also welcome. This program is offered live and will not be recorded.


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October 23, 2022

IMS Mini Retreat: Wise Attention

Open to practitioners with at least one year of meditation experience. It’s easy to get caught up in the things that happen “to” us, and to judge and evaluate every experience by whether it feels good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. For meditators, we often bring this good/bad binary experience to our cushions, labeling a calm and easy sit as “good,” and an agitated or restless sit as “bad.” When we live like this, we may fail to notice that where we place our attention plays a significant role in shaping our experience. This October, join Rachel Lewis for a day of wise attention practice, and share an experience of yoniso manasikara, or nurturing attention, to investigate how you can use this skillful practice to develop and deepen the beautiful qualities of your own heart and mind. This program is offered live and will not be recorded.


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December 16 & 17, 2022

A Direct Path to Happiness Part IV

The Buddha identified ten qualities of character that were necessary for the development of an awakened life. Today, the cultivation of these ten virtues is more important than ever as we individually and collectively seek to navigate an increasingly complex world. This December, join Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg for the fourth gathering in a series of special events exploring the ten virtues. In Part IV of A Direct Path to Happiness, we focus on the qualities of determination, lovingkindness, and equanimity. To have a sense of a path is to have a north star to help us navigate our lives – our choices, our relationships, our actions. It’s not a model of perfectionism, by means of which we punish ourselves for not doing enough or being enough. In contrast, inspiration, resilience, and compassion for ourselves and others underlie our efforts. Determination is the ability to prioritize what we most deeply care about, and to remember it even in times of adversity. Lovingkindness is a profound realization of connection to ourselves and others. Equanimity is the voice of wisdom, bringing greater balance and perspective to how we live. Together, Sylvia, Sharon, and the community of attendees will explore the qualities of determination, lovingkindness, and equanimity through dialogue, sitting and walking meditation, and question and answer sessions. This special event is open to people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and experience levels.


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Available On-Demand

The Way of the Buddha: Core Teachings of the Dharma Path

Free Audio Program. Open to all. Welcome to The Way of the Buddha, an immersive audio learning experience from IMS Online. For 45 years, IMS has been a leader in Dharma education rooted in the foundational principles of Early Buddhism. Now, for the first time, our teachers offer the profound insights of the Buddha in a comprehensive practice and study program delivered directly to you in your own online practice space. Each module features IMS teachers from many generations and backgrounds who will guide you on the path.