Saturday, November 13, 2021

9:00 am - 12:45 pm ET

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 In the Pali language, a wise or admirable friend is known as a Kalyana Mitta (Kalyāṇamitta). The Buddha himself noted the importance of spiritual friendship in the discourse known as the Samyutta Nikaya (45.2), sharing with his own dear friend Ananda that "Admirable friendship, admirable companionship, admirable camaraderie is actually the whole of the holy life."  

 How does wise friendship—with ourselves, with others, and with the world—lead to freedom? Can associating with good-hearted people really help us on the path to personal liberation? What can we learn from those who have walked this sacred ground before us? And how might we consider the cultivation of friendship, companionship, and camaraderie a complete and total spiritual journey unto itself? 

This November, join IMS Teacher Devon Hase for an exploration of what it means to give or receive as a Kalyana Mitta, a true spiritual friend. Through dialogue, silence, stillness, and movement, we'll gather to practice freedom— moment by moment—with deep spiritual friendship toward one another. 

All are welcome. This program is offered live and will not be recorded.

About the Teacher

Devon Hase

Devon Hase began intensive meditation training in 2000. After spending a decade teaching English and social studies in high school and college classrooms, she entered a two-year period of retreat. She has studied at monasteries in Nepal and India, and practices in the Insight and Vajrayana traditions. Currently, Devon teaches at the Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, and throughout North America and Europe. Along with her life partner nico, she co-authored their first book, How Not to Be a Hot Mess: A Survival Guide for Modern Life, which offers six really good pieces of semi-Buddhist advice to keep you anchored and steady amidst the chaos of modern life. Devon loves long retreat and is passionate about creative ways to bring depth practice into the daily spin of things. She now lives together with nico in urban retreat in her hometown of Ashland, Oregon, splitting each week between teaching and practice. For more info visit

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