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Insight Meditation and the Heart (7 days)

December 7 – 14, 2014 (Sunday to Sunday)

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.

This retreat is full with a short wait list.

All scholarship funds have been awarded.

The way of meditation is the way of the heart. This silent retreat, open to both new and experienced meditators, will focus on the path of the heart, and how awareness gives access to the joys and sorrows of life with ever increasing sensitivity, stability and love.

The teachers will be assisted by Keri Pederson, who will also offer an optional daily period of yoga.


Rodney Smith

Rodney Smith, an IMS guiding teacher, has taught insight meditation since 1984. He is a former Buddhist monk and worked in hospice care for 17 years. The author of Stepping Out of Self-Deception and Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart, he founded and guides Seattle Insight Meditation Society.

Listen to one of Rodney's talks: Radical Accountability given at IMS on December 29, 2006 – 47 minutes, 10.8 MB (Download, Stream)

Narayan Liebenson

Narayan Helen Liebenson is a guiding teacher of IMS and the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and a regular contributor to Buddhadharma magazine. Her training includes over 30 years in the Theravada tradition as well as in Chan with the late Master Sheng Yen.

Listen to one of Narayan's talks: Compassion given at IMS on August 23, 2007 – 45 minutes, 8 MB (Download, Stream)


Keri Pederson

Keri Pederson began meditating in 1998 in the lineage of S.N. Goenka, and is currently in the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training. She teaches at Seattle Insight Meditation Society and has a background in psychology, yoga and end-of-life care.

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