Finding the heart of freedom – Nine Day Retreat
with Jill Shepherd
August 6 - 15, 2021
This nine-day retreat provides an opportunity to explore the Four Noble Truths that form the heart of the Buddha’s teaching. These teachings invite us to examine our relationship to dukkha: stress, distress, unsatisfactoriness, suffering, on deeper and deeper levels. Most of us though, have an instinctive resistance to suffering, so we need to practice working skilfully with the different obstacles that often show up along the path to freedom. As we learn how to release these obstacles, we’re able to live with greater ease, happiness, and peace, and to connect with the wisdom and compassion that are our true nature.
Each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, some small group discussion, individual meetings with the teachers and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.
Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous residential insight meditation retreat of two days or longer.
Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999. A former manager of BMIMC, she recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in many long retreats and also offered weekly meditation classes at a nearby prison. She has been invited into the current teacher training program jointly offered by Spirit Rock and IMS in the US. For further details see Jill’s website
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