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The Nature of Awareness: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students (7 days)

April 12 – 19, 2013 (Friday to Friday)

Registration for this retreat is closed

There may be rides available for this retreat. You can also offer a ride. Click here to view the listings.

All scholarship funds have been awarded, feel free to call us for a payment plan

Awareness is the heart of sentient life, the central faculty that reveals to us all the phenomena of our experience. Usually, in both meditation and daily life, we pay more attention to phenomena and little to awareness itself. This retreat is an opportunity to focus on the nature of awareness so that we can explore this mysterious, innate capacity for knowing. This practice can open the door to emptiness, profound understanding and great freedom.

The teachers will be assisted by Erin Treat.

Participants are required to have sat at least one retreat of a week or more with a recognized insight meditation teacher. Please document this when registering.

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.


Guy Armstrong

Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 30 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is an IMS guiding teacher and a governing teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Listen to one of Guy's talks: Working with Difficult Emotions given at IMS on October 2, 2009 – 62 minutes, 42.5 MB (Download, Stream)

Phillip Moffitt

Phillip Moffitt is co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the founder of the Life Balance Institute, CA. He teaches vipassana meditation nationally and is the author of Dancing with Life, and Emotional Chaos to Clarity.

Lila Kate Wheeler

Lila Kate Wheeler began practicing vipassana in 1977. Her practice honors a variety of Buddhist lineages. In addition to teaching meditation, she writes fiction, travel journalism and spiritual essays. She lives in Somerville, MA, with her husband, an anthropologist.

Listen to one of Lila's talks: Unconditional Mindfulness given at IMS on January 28, 2011 – 60 minutes, 41.1 MB (Download, Stream)

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