This program will be held in person at our center in Cambridge with CIMC’s Covid protocols in place (see below). 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.
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, interviews, 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.
CIMC’s Covid protocols:
- All participants must be fully vaccinated and document their Covid vaccination status via CrowdPass prior to arrival. You will be required to do so upon registration for the program.
- Masks may be required for this program. A decision on masking requirements will be communicated to all registrants two weeks prior to the program.