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Insight (Vipassana) Meditation Leading to Liberation

Participants in this retreat will be offered the unique form of guidance of insight meditation (vipassana) developed by renowned Buddhist monastic scholar and meditation master, the late Mahāsi Sayadaw of Myanmar, and described in his Manual of Insight.

The course, held in the context of silence, will be tailored for beginners as well as more experienced meditators. Instruction will be given in the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the practices laid out by the Buddha that can purify heart and mind, and lead to liberation. The teachers will offer sitting and walking practices, talks, and guided lovingkindness meditations. There will also be opportunities to ask questions clarifying the teachings.

Mahāsi Sayadaw’s guidance includes the use of a primary object and mental noting to help steady attention during each day’s periods of formal sitting, walking and standing meditation. During other activities throughout the day such as eating, bathing, and resting, we will learn to sustain a relaxed continuity of mindfulness. This gentle yet persevering effort produces an ever-deepening understanding of the universal nature of all of life and gives rise to the insight and wisdom that lead to liberation.

This form of meditation training has been foundational for many IMS teachers, including Steve, Kamala, Deborah and Tara, the teachers of this retreat. It has also been taught by other revered insight meditation teachers, such as the late Sayadaw U Pandita, Anagarika Munindra, Dipa Ma, Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg. We are honored to be able to preserve and offer this form of guidance from those teachers who have guided us in our own Dhamma practice.

2022-08-05 (10 days) Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

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2022-08-06 Meditation Instructions 60:30
Kamala Masters
1st day of retreat
2022-08-06 Walking meditation instructions 28:44
Winnie Nazarko
Introductory walking instructions at a Mahasi Vipassana retreat
2022-08-06 Mindfulness - Mahasi Style 52:35
Deborah Ratner Helzer
How mindfulness relates to insight, and how do we cultivate it skillfully
2022-08-07 Lovingkindness Meditation 42:08
Deborah Ratner Helzer
Basic instructions, working with oneself or a benefactor
2022-08-07 The five spiritual powers - leading to Insight 66:48
Kamala Masters
2022-08-08 Review of meditation instructions 44:53
Kamala Masters
2022-08-09 Three characteristics: IMS Mahasi retreat 64:59
Tara Mulay
2022-08-10 Meditation instructions 64:40
Kamala Masters
Vedana - feeling Tone. The second foundation of mindfulness
2022-08-10 Metta Practice Instructions 62:01
Kamala Masters
Oneself, benefactor, dear friend, neutral person, person one has difficulty with
2022-08-10 The three foundations of insight 64:00
Deborah Ratner Helzer
Knowing what is really happening, observing the universal characteristics, and abandoning our illusions
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