Weekend Non-Residential Vipassana Retreat
Michele McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
8/20/2017 - 4:00 PM at Asian Centre, UBC, (1871 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2) (Map It)
Registration Opens: May 15th
This is a non-residential weekend retreat: Fri 7:15pm-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm
Vipassana (or Insight) meditation is the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind / body process through calm and focused mindful awareness. As insight deepens, wisdom and compassion arise, slowly untangling our hearts from deep seated patterns of greed, hatred, and delusion.
This non-residential silent retreat is for beginning and experienced meditators. Meditation instruction is provided, emphasizing mindfulness and lovingkindness practices. Sitting and walking meditation sessions are alternated. In addition, there are dharma talks and question and answer sessions.
Michele McDonald has taught Insight meditation for over thirty years and teaches extensively throughout the US, Canada, Burma, and around the world. As a guiding teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i she has been a quiet pioneer. She is the first woman to have taught a formal retreat in Burma, side-by-side with a senior monastic figure (Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery). Her style of teaching focuses on helping individuals find their natural entry points into stillness and helping them see the very real possibility of freedom from greed, hatred, and delusion in this lifetime.
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey's teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to realize the deepest human freedom. A student of Michele McDonald, his approach is rooted in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma and encourages an exploration of the relationship between ethics, insight, and action. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and when away from home, teaches mostly around the US and Canada. Visit www.dolessforpeace.org for more of his teaching and writing.
Scholarship Donation: During registration you will have the option of providing a donation to the BCIMS scholarship fund.
Cancellation Policy: For cancellation 7 days or more before the retreat, the registration free will be refunded less $25. For cancellation within 7 days of the retreat no refund will be given
Assumption of Risk and Release: By registering for this retreat I confirm that I have reviewed and agreed to the following terms and conditions: I assume all risk of damage or injury that may occur to me while practising mediation at the BC Insight Meditation Society retreat and while moving about the facility at which the retreat is being held. In consideration of being accepted as a retreatant for this meditation retreat, I release and discharge BC Insight Meditation Society, and its agents, from all claims resulting from my participation in the meditation retreat.
Ridesharing: The information collected during registration regarding ridesharing will be distributed by email to all interested retreatants 7 days prior to the retreat. Each individual is then responsible for directly making any ridesharing arrangement.
Unforseen Circumstances: If unforseen circumstances arise, the BC Insight Meditation Society reserves the right to change the teacher presenting the material.
Fees cover retreat organizing costs only. Voluntary donations (dana) for the teachings may be given at the retreat.
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