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December 3, 2022

Mini Retreat: Freedom from Craving - A Mindful Approach

The Buddha often pointed to craving as a root cause of suffering, and recent research in neuroscience appears to reinforce exactly what the Buddha frequently taught. During this mini retreat, we will explore the theme of craving and how a dedicated mindfulness practice can help us overcome various forms of craving that tend to create ongoing suffering and even addiction. This can be craving related to food, alcohol, drugs, cigarettes/vaping, relationships, video games, social media, and more.  
Mindfulness practice allows us to counteract our tendency toward cravings because it changes the way we relate to a craving when it first arises. Through mindful awareness, we begin to see that we can simply “be with” strong impulses without needing to act on them. From a place of internal empowerment, we can become more skillful in our relationship with strong habits and offer ourselves greater freedom of choice when it comes to difficult urges. Join IMS Teacher Walt Opie and special guest neuroscientist Judson Brewer, MD, PhD (author of The Craving Mind and Unwinding Anxiety) for a day of practice and discovery as we explore the path that leads away from suffering and moves us closer to freedom. This online retreat includes guided meditations, dharma talks, and time for sharing and discussion.


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December 5, 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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December 6, 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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Saturday, December 31, 2022

Here and Now, Moment to Moment: New Year's Eve Retreat

Open to all. Together we will welcome the New Year practicing in community, connecting with our shared aspirations to cultivate mindfulness, nourish our own hearts, and care for our world. We will also practice lovingkindness, opening to our highest intentions through guided reflections. An optional practice session will be offered through the midnight hour (Eastern Standard Time), as we approach 2023. Space will be provided for participants to share practice intentions for the new year. This retreat begins on Saturday, December 31, at 12:30 pm ET and concludes at 12:30 am ET.


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January - September 2023

Essential Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a quality of awareness in which our perception of the present moment’s experience is not distorted by biases such as old fears, assumptions, or projection into the future. It shows us what life looks like when we see through the lens of universal conditions such as impermanence and interconnection. Mindfulness spearheads the path of understanding our lives by helping us to notice what causes us suffering and what brings us freedom from suffering. It is the root of living our lives more fully and more truly. This nine-month online program features IMS teachers from many generations and backgrounds. You can participate in all nine months or pick and choose the topics that interest you most. Whether you use mindfulness to manage stress or difficult emotions, improve relationships, increase engagement, or enhance your overall well-being, these discussions can help you further live your mindfulness practice.


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Thursdays, February 9 - March 30, 2023

Living with the Wisdom of Death

This online program is a community exploration of living wisely and fully in the light of our mortality.  Together, we will turn towards fear of death to support ourselves and loved ones to be as prepared as we can for the transformational process of dying and the moment of death. Embracing our life’s impermanence can give rise to letting go and a sense of freedom so that we can face our death with a growing calm.  We can harness the power of reflecting on mortality to stay aligned with our deepest values, to love more fully, and be happier and more present for this miraculous, passing show called our life. Join us as we gently explore the richness and depth of this practice together. The course is held online and includes real-time lectures, guided meditations, discussions, and question and answer periods.   Small group exercises (through breakout rooms on Zoom) are an integral part of our exploration and learning process.  In addition, there will be weekly assignments to deepen your engagement with the material through meditation (audio provided), death-buddy meetings, written reflections, and art/poetry.


This online program is open to all.


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February 10-12, 2023

BIPOC Weekend Retreat: Refuge of Belonging

The practice of Awareness and Lovingkindness deepen our insight into the truth about our lives and the conditions in which we live. With the clarity of mind, we can skillfully explore the wholeness and brilliance that shines through the full range of our unique and diverse lives. Join us online to take refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha with guided silent sits, walking, small groups, and question and response periods.


While we understand that many non-BIPOC people may be interested in participating, we ask that they refrain from joining this program which is specifically offered to provide shelter and respite to our BIPOC community.


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March 24 & 25, 2023

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 March, 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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May 9 - 17, 2023

The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation Online Retreat

This online retreat experience will be a livestream of the onsite The Path to Awakening Retreat with Joseph Goldstein, Winnie Nazarko, Bart van Melik, Cara Lai and Roxanne Dault. Meditation instructions and Dharma talks will be broadcasted live from the IMS Meditation Hall. There will also be group practice meetings with support from Ines Freedman, nakawe cuebas berrios, and Sharon Salzberg on zoom, as well as online affinity groups. Please note: The onsite teachers will not offer practice meetings to online practitioners. Insight meditation (vipassana in Pali, the language of the original Buddhist teachings) is the simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment mindfulness. Through careful and sustained observation, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body process. This awareness leads us to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater equanimity and peace in the face of change, and wisdom and compassion increasingly become the guiding principles of our lives. The Buddha first taught vipassana over 2,500 years ago. The various methods of this practice have been well preserved in the Early Buddhist tradition of Buddhism. This silent retreat, suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, is rooted in this ancient and well-mapped path to awakening, and draws on the full spectrum of this tradition’s lineages.


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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.