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Cultivation – Investigation – Contemplation: Insight Meditation Retreat for Experienced Students (7 days)

June 30 – July 7, 2017 (Friday to Friday)

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This retreat is full with a waitlist. To be added to the list, submit a registration and deposit.
All scholarship funds have been awarded.


This silent meditation course for experienced practitioners will focus on deepening mindfulness and insight into being with oneself and others. Our guiding map will be the teachings on the Four Applications of Mindfulness (Satipaṭṭhāna), which enable us to tap into the wealth of practical wisdom from early Buddhist contemplative traditions. The teachers will offer gentle and precise training in unifying the mind, guiding us in establishing different modes of awareness and in metta (friendliness). These practices allow for quieting and strengthening the heart, and foster transformative insights, growth and integration.

An optional daily period of mindful movement will be offered by Yuka Nakamura.

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

Teachers

Akincano

Akincano is a guiding teacher of Atammaya Cologne and co-founder of Bodhi College, as well as a 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 teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology internationally.

Listen to one of Akincano's talks: Maps and Overview: Stages of Attention given at IMS on January 5, 2015 – 50 minutes, 35.3 MB (Download, Stream)

Christina Feldman

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)

Assistants

Yuka Nakamura

Yuka Nakamura has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1993 in the Theravada, Dzogchen and Zen traditions, and has been trained as a teacher by Fred von Allmen. Living in Switzerland, she teaches meditation and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

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