This program will be held in person at our Center in Cambridge and is limited to 48 participants. Please register only if you can attend the full weekend program. One-day and walk-in registrations are not available. Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, November 8.
Vegetarian lunch will be provided on both days. Masks will be optional.
Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Experienced Practitioners Weekend Retreat offers an intensive opportunity to practice in the company of other dedicated practitioners. The meditation instructions offered will be suitable for those who have walked the Eightfold Noble Path for some time (three or more years) and are interested in deepening their practice through the ancient forms originally taught by the Buddha. We will cultivate a sense of connection with others through our shared experiences. Over the course of the weekend, each participant will have the opportunity to join a small group interview with Narayan.
One of the many beautiful aspects of a weekend non-residential retreat is the invitation to merge one’s everyday life with one’s dharma practice. In addition to periods of group sitting practice, this retreat includes open periods of individual practice in the four postures of sitting, walking, standing, and lying down. This format is intended to encourage making the practice one’s own, and it offers the invitation to be aware and fluid in all four postures. This is called the practice of “evening out the postures” which means bringing an equally caring attentiveness to each posture.
On Saturday evening, after a short dharma teaching, there is a shared dharma talk in which a meditative question is presented. This question is responded to and investigated by those present who wish to share their process, challenges, and understanding in the context of a non-judgmental and generous-spirited group.
This program is appropriate for experienced meditators who have been practicing Vipassana with dedication and perseverance for at least three years and who have sat one or more intensive silent retreats. Participants are expected to have a current daily meditation practice.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Note: At check-in, participants will be asked to volunteer for a short period of mindful service during the retreat—a “yogi job.” Yogi jobs enable the smooth running of the retreat and offer an opportunity to practice alongside other retreat participants.