This program will be held online via Zoom. All registrants will receive the link to join the program in their Order Confirmation email. Times are ET.
Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
“This is the path;
For purifying one’s vision…
You’ll put an end to suffering.”
--The Dhammapada 273-275 (translated by Gil Fronsdal)
While sitting on a long retreat this fall, I was reminded firsthand that the Buddha’s Noble Eight-Fold Path is truly a path of purification where we see both the wholesome and the unwholesome – mainly in our own minds – more and more clearly along the way. The good news is that as we continue to explore this path sincerely, willing to see where we still need work, we often experience increased levels of happiness, well-being, and inner freedom as a result. This isn’t guaranteed, of course, but it has been my personal experience time and time again.
During this weekend retreat, we will explore key facets of the Buddhist path as they relate directly to recovery from addiction. Some of the themes we will investigate:
- Establishing a dedicated mindfulness practice;
- The power of renunciation;
- Why ethical conduct is such an important foundation to practice;
- Fundamental Buddhist insights such as impermanence and not-self;
- How to cultivate the qualities of lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity; and more.
This online retreat will offer a beautiful opportunity for us to gather as a recovery community (sangha) and support each other. Our time together will include periods of guided meditation, walking meditation instructions, dharma talks, and plenty of time for sharing, discussion, questions, and responses. After a full day on Saturday, we will come back together on Sunday morning to check in, reconnect, and explore these teachings further.
This program is open to anyone dealing with addictions of any kind and will be structured so that both new and experienced practitioners will find connection and belonging and deepen their learning. This program will not be recorded. Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Walt Opie is an insight meditation teacher who leads workshops and retreats throughout the U.S. He graduated from the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Teacher Training Program in 2021. Walt has led sitting groups for people in recovery since 2011. He also served as a volunteer prison dharma teacher in California for over 6 years. His most influential teachers include Bhikkhu Anālayo, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, Ajahn Sumedho, Joseph Goldstein, Guy Armstrong, and Gil Fronsdal. His writing appears in the book collection Still, In the City: Creating Peace of Mind in the Midst of Urban Chaos edited by Angela Dews (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018).
(Closed Captions (CC) for CIMC Programs are generated through “livestreaming” via Rev.com. CIMC programs are not livestreamed to any other platform for any other use.)