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The Brahma Viharas: Study and Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students (5 days)
March 16 – 21, 2013 (Saturday to Thursday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
To help cultivate insight and liberate the heart, the Buddha taught particular practices, known as the Brahma Viharas, that develop the qualities of boundless friendliness, compassion, joy and equanimity.
Within an atmosphere of silence, this retreat will explore the Brahma Viharas through both in-depth study and sustained meditation practice. Mornings will be dedicated to formal practice, afternoons to a teaching session, and evenings to a combination of discussion and formal practice. Ongoing instructions will be offered, as well as periodic group interviews.
Participants are required to have sat at least two retreats of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher. Please document this when registering.
22 CE credits are available for Psychologists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. An additional fee of $50 will be payable at the end of your retreat when you receive your certificate.
IMS offers CE credits for psychologists through the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP), who is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IMP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
IMS offers CE credits for Licensed Mental Health Counselors also through IMP, who is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to sponsor continuing education for National Certified Counselors. IMP (Provider #6048) adheres to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Credits are applicable for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Counseling/Allied Mental Health and PDP accreditation.
We are not offering CE credits through NASW or any other professional organization. However, in some cases CE credits offered by APA or NBCC are accepted by other professions. You will need to inquire with your accrediting body as to whether this is the case.
A Message from IMS’s Guiding Teachers
As IMS’s project to build a new dormitory and to renovate the Catskills continues, there may be a modest amount of noise. At this point, however, work is primarily indoors. Sounds during construction hours (usually Monday – Friday, 7:00am–4:00pm) are minimal and largely contained.
In the Retreat Center meditation hall, the impact of any noise is further reduced by an air circulation and conditioning system that allows fresh air to move around without opening the windows.
The teachers at IMS decided to continue offering retreats throughout this building period, knowing that conditions for practice are rarely perfect. We trust that these particular conditions can be met with the equanimity and grace with which we meet a range of conditions in our lives.
All of us at IMS look forward to supporting you on retreat.
Christina Feldman is an IMS guiding teacher, co-founder of Gaia House in England, and a core teacher of Bodhi College in Europe. Teaching meditation retreats since 1976, she has recently been involved in the dialogue between cognitive therapies and Buddhist practice. Christina's new book on the Brahma Viharas, The Boundless Heart, will be released in February 2017.
Listen to one of Christina's talks: The Wisdom of Disappointment given at IMS on March 11, 2007 – 44 minutes, 10.1 MB (Download, Stream)
John Peacock has taught meditation for over 30 years. He currently teaches Buddhist Psychology at Oxford University in the MBCT masters program. He is also Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and is a member of Gaia House's Teacher Council.
Listen to one of John's talks: Embodying Your Intention given at IMS on July 15, 2012 - 48 minutes, 33 MB (Download, Stream)