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The Practice of Wise Attention: Insight Meditation Weekend (2 days)
March 22 – 24, 2013 (Friday to Sunday)
Registration for this retreat is closed
This retreat is full with a wait list. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds for this retreat have been awarded
Attention is an essential factor associated with all forms of consciousness. Early Buddhist teachings frequently refer to the practice of “wise attention” as vital for the development of liberating insight. Conversely, its opposite – unwise attention – is the condition that brings about hindrances and the biases of sense desire, becoming, ignorance and wrong views.
This silent weekend retreat, open to both beginning and experienced meditators, focuses on the cultivation of wise attention as central to the path to liberation.
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.
John Peacock has taught meditation for almost 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)
Akincano is a Swiss Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. A former monk, he practiced for 20 years in European and Thai Forest monasteries. Particular interests are early Buddhist texts, stillness and contemplative psychology. He lives in Cologne, Germany, and teaches internationally.
Listen to one of Akincano's talks: A Good Friend given at Gaia House on June 26, 2010 – 56 minutes, 51 MB (Download, Stream)