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2017 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

Vipassana, or Buddhist Meditation, is a way of opening to life and seeing clearly the totality of one’s being and experience. The practice is based on cultivating a present-centered mindfulness, leading to an unfolding of our natural wisdom and compassion. The focus of this retreat is to enhance intimacy with ourselves and the world. In order to help participants discover a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat except during question/answer periods and interviews with the teachers. In addition to sitting and walking meditation practice, there will be sessions of mindful movement led each day.

2017-10-13 (8 days) Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2017-10-14 First Morning Instruction and Meditation 31:13
Pat Coffey
2017-10-14 Morning Instruction and Walking Meditation 21:23
Pat Coffey
2017-10-14 Guided Heart Metta Meditation 33:52
Sebene Selassie
2017-10-14 Trusting That We're Enough to Wake Up 53:32
La Sarmiento
Through taking refuge in our own buddha-nature, the teachings and practices of the Buddha, radical acceptance of life's unfolding, and supportive community, we can transform our limited views of ourselves and expand our capacity to awaken to what's real, to alleviate suffering, and to cultivate true happiness.
2017-10-15 Between Heaven and Earth: Embodied Metta 31:04
La Sarmiento
Establishing a connection with the heavens and the earth with our ancestors at our back allows us to feel held and supported as we offer lovingkindness to ourselves and others.
2017-10-15 Challenging Energies 61:58
Pat Coffey
Supporting energies bequeathed from our ancestors both insure our survival and challenge all us contemplatives to attend and befriend.
2017-10-16 Meditation: Breathing through the Heart 27:24
Pat Coffey
2017-10-16 Ease is Not a Destination, Ease is the Way 54:19
Sebene Selassie
2017-10-17 Guided Heart Meditation: Forgiveness 33:13
Sebene Selassie
2017-10-18 Bridging Separation 65:06
Pat Coffey
Bridging separation is the activity necessary for the survival of our species and the biosphere. Buddhism encourages us to find ways to bridge our internal fragmentation AND bridge all external divides. How can we resist vigorously those we deem involved in causing harm yet not put them out of our hearts? How can we utilize the skills of our practice to bridge the separation we feel with others not like us.
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