This day of retreat will allow people ages 18 to 35 to gather and practice Insight Meditation (vipassana) in a supportive community setting. We will explore the beauty and wisdom of contentment. Living in a society where we are constantly pummeled with pressure to be more, do more, and have more, many of us find ourselves exhausted and dissatisfied. The Buddha taught that one can find lasting peace and happiness by graciously accepting who we are and what we have, right here in this present moment. Contentment is not to be confused with passivity or mediocrity. On the contrary, contentment is an empowering practice that enables us to find inner ease and spaciousness in the midst of existing conditions, whatever they may be.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Our day together will include instructions on Insight Meditation and metta practice and will unfold in silent sitting and walking meditation, guidance and Q&A sessions. There will be time after the retreat ends for participants to gather informally for refreshments and discussion.
Zeenat Potia is an immigrant to the United States, and a working mother of two young daughters. Her teaching stems from an aspiration to create a kinder, wiser, and more sustainable world for all who live in it. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Zeenat grew up immersed in its diverse religious and secular traditions, and this inspired her inquiry into meditation. Arriving at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in 2009, it was love at first breath.
Zeenat has over 15 years of combined meditation and yoga training, including extensive silent retreat experience at the Insight Meditation Society, a 200-hour yoga certification through YogaWorks, and training through Mindful Schools. She teaches mindfulness at Harvard University, Decibel Therapeutics, and other organizations in the Boston area. She also teaches at CIMC, where she has served on the Board of Directors, since 2012. Zeenat integrates a business career of over 20 years in strategic communications in the higher education, non-profit, and publishing sectors at Harvard Business School, Oxfam America, and the Times of India into her corporate offerings.