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Gaia House is a meditation retreat centre offering silent meditation retreats in the Buddhist tradition. We warmly welcome people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, sexual orientation and gender identity, and we are actively working to investigate and remove barriers to inclusion. Join us in to explore the teachings of the Buddha, guided by experienced Dharma teachers from all over the world.
 
True North Insight (TNI) is a charitable organization offering a full schedule of Buddhist insight (vipassana) meditation retreats and courses in English and French. Insight meditation practices were taught for more than 2600 years as part of a path to liberation of mind and heart from suffering. They are dedicated to cultivating awareness, kindness and compassion, bringing more mindfulness and calm into our daily life. This simple and profound awareness practice is at the heart of many spir ...
 
IMS’s Forest Refuge has hosted experienced meditators since 2003. Its program is specifically designed to encourage sustained, longer-term retreat practice – a key component in the transmission of Buddhism from Asia to the West. Within a harmonious and secluded environment, meditators can nurture the highest aspiration for liberation. In consultation with visiting insight meditation teachers, a program of training in one or more Early Buddhist practices is created for each participant, allow ...
 
The Aloka Vihara sisters are a community of bhikkhunis (fully-ordained nuns) and samaneris (novices) dedicated to practicing the Buddha’s teaching in the style of the Theravada Forest Tradition. Their practice emphasizes simplicity, renunciation, service and an orientation towards learning from the natural world, all held within the context of the Buddha’s teachings. The sisters are committed to embracing and integrating the realities and challenges of contemporary society into their practice.
 
IMS’s Retreat Center first opened its doors in 1976. It offers a yearly schedule of meditation courses, lasting from a weekend to three months. Most retreats are designed for both new and experienced meditators. Recognized insight meditation teachers from all over the world offer daily instruction and guidance in Buddhist meditations known as vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness). While the context is the Buddha’s teachings, these practices are universal and help us to deepen awaren ...
 
Greg Scharf has practiced with Western and Asian teachers in the Theravada tradition since 1992, and has been teaching residential retreats since 2007. His teaching emphasizes the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation. If you feel drawn to donate to Greg on this website, he says, "Please consider making a donation to Dharma Seed instead - Dharma Seed needs your support!"
 
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(Gaia House) Exploring what happens when we offer mettā phrases that resonate with and radiate the felt sense of samādhi. Apologies: there are a lot of environmental noises from the sonic-cityscape I sat in to offer this online session. Hopefully the inimitable delight of Dharma overcomes the occasional annoyance of a horn, alarm, or call of a ci…
 
(Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery) A Dhamma talk on coping with environmental stress by practicing the third foundation of mindfulness - mindfulness of mind. This talk was given as part of the regular monthly series of talks to the Berkeley area Aloka Vihara community.By Venerable Dhammadipa
 
(Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center) Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita's meditation instructions on the three characteristics of existence (impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, non-self)--given at the Uganda Buddhist Centre temple.By Bhante Buddharakkhita
 
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