Liberation of Heart and Mind: Online Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat: Michele McDonald, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey and Darine Monroy

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Darine Monroy

Darine Monroy has been a student of Michele McDonald and Steven Smith since 2011. She has taught for Mindful Schools and has completed the Hakomi Comprehensive Training. Since 2018, has been assisting Michele McD...

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey is a teacher of Vipassana (insight) meditation within the broader context of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. His teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to ...

Michele McDonald

Michele McDonald co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 with Steven Smith. She has taught Insight meditation for thirty two years. Beyond her commitment to the Vipassana Hawai’i Sangha, she teaches extensively thro...

Liberation of Heart and Mind: Online Meditation and Lovingkindness Retreat: Michele McDonald, Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey and Darine Monroy

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This intensive online retreat is an opportunity to explore the Buddha's teachings on liberation by touching into the wordless depths of our own heart, with an emphasis on lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity. By practicing with interest, acceptance and kindness, we develop greater understanding and compassion. In this way, we increase our ability to meet life's changes with ease and serenity.

With guidance and support from the teachers, both new and experienced meditators will be encouraged to deepen their trust in their own practice.

A note on dana (generosity)
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood, and receive no compensation from course fees. All IMS online teachers receive a modest dana advance from IMS to guarantee a minimum level of financial support. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teachers at the end of this course. 

Daily Schedule: **all times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Wednesday, 5/27
  • 8-8:45 am       Morning sit with instructions (Darine)
  • 3-3:45 pm       Sit with Instructions (Jesse)
  • 8-9 pm            Dharma talk (Michele)
  • 9-9:45 pm       Metta Chanting and Sit (Jesse)
 
Thursday, 5/28
  • 8-8:45 am        Morning sit with instructions (Darine)
  • 3-3:45 pm        Sit with Instructions (Michele)  
  • 4-5:15 pm         Q&A (Michele/Jesse via Zoom)
  • 8-9 pm             Dharma talk (Jesse) 
  • 9-9:45 pm        Metta Chanting and Sit (Jesse via Zoom)

Friday, 5/29
  • 8-8:45 am       Morning sit with instructions (Darine)
  • 3-3:45 pm       Sit with Instructions (Jesse)
  • 4-5:15 pm       Q&A (Michele/Jesse via Zoom)
  • 8-9 pm            Dharma talk (Michele)
  • 9-9:45 pm       Metta Chanting and Sit (Jesse via Zoom)

Saturday, 5/30
  • 8-8:45 am        Morning sit with instructions (Darine) 
  • 3-3:45 pm        Sit with Instructions (Michele) 
  • 4-5:15 pm        Q&A (Michele/Jesse via Zoom)
  • 8-9 pm            Dharma talk (Jesse) 
  • 9-9:45 pm       Metta Chanting and Sit (Jesse via Zoom)

Sunday, 5/31
  • 8-8:45 am        Morning sit with instructions (Darine)
  • 3-3:45 pm        Sit with Instructions (Jesse)
  • 4-5:15 pm        Q&A (Michele/Jesse via Zoom)
  • 8-9 pm            Dharma talk (Michele) 
  • 9-9:45 pm       Metta Chanting and Sit (Jesse via Zoom)

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Cost is sliding scale and scholarships are available. Email [email protected] for information. Registration fees support the Insight Meditation Society’s work online and at our physical retreat centers in Barre, MA.

A note on dana (generosity)
Most IMS teachers—like insight teachers around the world—rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood, and receive no compensation from course fees. (Click here to learn more about the dana practice.) There will be an opportunity to offer a contribution to your teacher at the end of this course.