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The Path to Awakening: Insight Meditation Online Retreat

May 9, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - May 17, 2023 @ 12:00 pm EDT

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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 broadcast live from the IMS Meditation Hall.

There will also be group practice meetings online with support from Ines Freedman, nakawe cuebas berrios, Sharon Salzberg, Shelley Gault, Gulwinder “Gullu” Singh, and bruni dávila 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.

This retreat begins on Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30 pm ET and concludes Wednesday, May 17, at 12:00 pm ET. A full home retreat schedule and instructions will be offered.

This program will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the live sessions. On-demand videos will be available to registered participants for 90 days.

Choose your enrollment fee

As one part of our ongoing effort to expand access to the teachings of the Buddha, all IMS Online programs feature sliding scale registration fees and the opportunity to self-select a low-cost scholarship rate. No-fee enrollment is available for those who request a fee-waiver via email. Our system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and is made possible by our generous donors and those who choose to support other students by contributing at the “Benefactor” level.



May 9, 2023 @ 6:30 pm EDT
May 17, 2023 @ 12:00 pm EDT
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