We occasionally offer weekend retreats with guest teachers trained in the Vipassana (Insight) tradition of Buddhism. Please see the calendar for retreat details.
Fall 2019 Retreat
Living with a Tender Heart
Loving Kindness and Mindfulness
Vipassana Meditation Retreat with Chas DiCapua
1 pm Friday – 12 pm Sunday October 25-27 2019
Location: Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington VT
Metta, or loving-kindness, is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. It helps soften the heart, allowing us to feel empathy with the happiness and sorrow of the world.
Metta practice cultivates the innate friendliness of an open heart by inclining the heart toward expressing wholesome intentions. Recognizing and expressing goodwill may evoke feelings of love, tenderness, and warmth, or expose difficult or painful buried emotions. Allowing all these emotions to surface in their own time is one function of loving-kindness practice.
During this retreat, we deepen our understanding of how the practices of mindfulness and loving-kindness support one another. Mindfulness is the practice of being present: a quality of attention that allows present moment experience to be known without preference, without resisting or attempting to manipulate or change it. Metta practice is the caring quality of awareness: a sensitivity and warmth that allows us to respond with kindness and compassion, receptive and responsive. During the retreat, we will use both silent sitting and walking practice, Dharma talks, and small group discussion as vehicles for this exploration.
Individual meetings with the teacher and group dharma discussion will round out our exploration of what it means to practice in challenging times.
Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for over 25 years. He has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Thai Forest tradition and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chas teaches retreats at IMS, at various meditation centers throughout the country, and offers Spiritual Counseling for individuals.