This program will be held online. You will receive the Zoom link to join the program in your Order Confirmation email. All registrants will receive a reminder email on Thursday, June 18 with information on joining the program, including the link.
We honor organizations that are working directly to combat racism. CIMC will donate all registration fees for this program to YW Boston, "dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all."
The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the truth of the way things are in a way that hasn’t happened on a collective level in a very long time. In addition, as the depth of systemic racism in our culture comes to the fore, the grief, sadness and rage that so many feel brings an additional rupture to the fabric of normalcy. While this is ultimately needed, it adds to the current sense of chaos and groundlessness of this time.
When our world gets rocked and we are shaken awake from our sleep walking through life, we naturally look for touchstones that will provide refuge and ease. Compassion and Wisdom fit this bill most wonderfully.
During this day-long, on-line retreat, in formal and informal practice, we will explore how each of these energies can be brought to bear on this current pandemic situation, and on any situation in our lives. Learning how to move closer and connect with Compassion and using Wisdom to see a bigger picture and not identify with anything.
Since we all will be in our homes for this retreat, there will be periods of practice that involve consciously engaging with our day to day life activities. Instructions will be offered to support seamlessly applying our practice to every situation.
This retreat will be supportive for both beginning and more experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome. Full and partial scholarships are available.
Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for 30 years. In 2003 he was invited to be the Resident Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society where he continues to serve in that role. He is interested in how the basic material of our everyday lives, including relationships, can be used as a vehicle for awakening. A graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock teacher training, Chas teaches retreats at IMS and at various centers and sanghas throughout the country.