Teaching – USA

Coming Home to the Heart:
An online brahmavihāra retreat

for Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts

Friday, June 30, 2023 – Sunday, July 2, 2023

This online retreat offers an opportunity to strengthen our natural resilience and capacity to meet life’s challenges with more steadiness, ease, and even appreciation. We will meet together throughout the weekend to explore the four brahmavihāra practices of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity, to directly experience the possibility of a balanced heart – no matter what our current life circumstances might be.

Each day, there will be teaching sessions that everyone is asked to attend. Outside those required sessions, you are encouraged to follow the retreat schedule of formal meditation practice to whatever extent you’re able, within your current life context.

This retreat begins on Friday, June 30, at 7:00 pm ET and concludes Sunday, July 2, at 3:00 pm ET. A full home retreat schedule and instructions will be offered. The live session schedule with the teacher is as follows:

Friday, June 30, 2023

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET (check local time)

Saturday, July 1, 2023

9:30 am – 11:00 am ET (check local time)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET (check local time)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET (check local time)

Sunday, July 2, 2023

9:30 am – 11:00 am ET (check local time)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm ET (check local time)

To register: https://ims.dharma.org/courses/coming-home-to-the-heart-2023

Six-week retreat – IMS, Barre Massachusetts

October 24 – December 5, 2023

This three-month course, including its six-week partials, is a special time for practice. Because of its extended length and ongoing guidance, it is an opportunity for students to deepen the powers of concentration, wisdom and compassion. Based on the meditation instructions of Mahāsi Sayadaw and supplemented by a range of skillful means, this silent retreat will encourage a balanced attitude of relaxation and alertness, and the continuity of practice based on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Rebecca Bradshaw, Bhante Buddharakkhita, Brian Lesage, Jill Shepherd, DaRa Williams, Tuere Sala
Location: Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Massachusetts 
Registration now open here

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