The in-person registration for this program has reached capacity. Click here to register to attend online.
This program will be hosted both in person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Narayan Helen Liebenson in person at our Center in Cambridge. (Register here if you prefer to attend online.)
Registration will close at 4:00pm on Thursday, September 29. Space is limited, one-day only registration is not available, and late and walk-in registration will not be available. Masks will be required throughout the Center, except during lunch.
Calm and Insight — in Pali, samatha and vipassanā — are at the heart of Buddhist practice. Samatha also translates as tranquility, inner balance, silence, and an initial level of inner peacefulness. Vipassana also translates as insight, wisdom, inquiry, and illumination penetrating to the deepest level of peace possible.
These two qualities can’t really be separated — they are like the right and left hands — but we can emphasize one or the other, responsive to what is needed at any given time. It is essential to know how to cultivate calm and steadiness, and then how to use this calm and steadiness for inquiry and the development of insight. Calm offers an initial level of inner peacefulness; this peacefulness is the springboard for inquiring into an uncultivated peace that is stable and reliable. The fruit of such a practice is liberation here and now, for the benefit of all beings.
This weekend retreat is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators and is an extended opportunity to engage in the formal practices of sitting and walking. Various approaches will be offered throughout the retreat. Our days together will include instructions, talks, and time for discussion and questions.
We will work with developing calm on Saturday and insight and wisdom on Sunday.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program. One-day only registration is not available for this retreat, participants are expected to fully attend both days.