Steadiness and Wisdom – Online Weekend
Narayan Helen Liebenson
Saturday, August 28 – Sunday, August 29
Meeting format (During program sessions, you will be able to see and hear the teacher, as well as other program participants, and they will be able to see and hear you).
The two essential components of insight meditation practice are steadiness and wisdom. Steadiness of mind brings inner balance. On Saturday, the instructions will focus on how to best steady and collect, calm and unify the mind. We learn how to engage the methods of practice to find inner balance in the very midst of experiences. Steadiness encourages strength of heart, making it possible to bear with and open to life as it is.
Wisdom – fostered by inquiry and investigation – is more easily accessed with a foundation of steadiness and calm. The foundation for wisdom is steadiness and collectedness of the mind. On Sunday, the instructions will focus on wisdom practices, learning to look into the deeper aspects of our lives and living with greater compassion and understanding. Such a practice brings about the heart’s sure release.
Open to both new and experienced meditators, all are welcome!
Registration for this program closes 30 minutes prior to the opening session.
For this course, sliding scale fees are $80, $100, $130, or $200. We also offer a scholarship fee of $40, and no-fee enrollment for those who request a fee-waiver. Our “Pay What You Can Afford” system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and contributes to the health and vibrancy of the sangha. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request a scholarship or no-fee enrollment.
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Daily Schedule – all times listed in Eastern Time (ET)
Note: all sessions will be recorded and posted so you can view it later if you missed one
Saturday, August 28
10 – 10:45 am – Opening Session, Guided Meditation, Instructions for the day
12:15 – 1 pm – Dharma Talk & Sitting
3 – 3:45 pm – Q & A
4 – 4:45 pm – mindful movement with Juan Sosa
6:15 – 7 pm – Guided Meditation
Sunday, August 29
10 – 10:45 am – Guided Meditation, Instructions for the day
12:15 – 1 pm – Dharma Talk & Sitting
2:15 – 3 pm – mindful movement with Juan Sosa
3:30 – 4:15 pm – Q & A
5 – 5:30 pm – Closing Session
Narayan Helen Liebenson finds it a joy and a privilege to share the Buddha’s teachings with all who are interested. She serves as an IMS guiding teacher, and has been a guiding teacher of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center since its inception in 1985.
Her training over the past forty years includes study in the United States and in Asia with meditation masters in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan traditions. She was a student of the late Chan master Sheng Yen for over ten years. Asked by Master Sheng Yen to teach, Narayan decided to integrate her understanding of Zen into her already existing Vipassana lineage.
Narayan is the author and illustrator of a small book titled Life as Meditation, and for many years wrote a meditator’s advice column in Buddhadharma magazine. Her latest book, The Magnanimous Heart, was published by Wisdom Publications in January, 2019.
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