Sunday, October 23, 2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm ET

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It's easy to get caught up in the things that happen "to us," and to judge and evaluate every experience by whether it feels good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. For meditators, we often bring this good/bad binary experience to our cushions, labeling a calm and easy sit as "good," and an agitated or restless sit as "bad." When we live like this, we may fail to notice that where we place our attention plays a significant role in shaping our experience. This October, join Rachel Lewis for a day of wise attention practice, and share an experience of yoniso manasikara, or nurturing attention, to investigate how you can use this skillful practice to develop and deepen the beautiful qualities of your own heart and mind.

This Mini Retreat is for experienced practitioners with at least one year of meditation experience.

This program is offered live and will not be recorded.

About the Teacher

Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis is a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program, as well as a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and Community Dharma Leaders training. She began practicing meditation while completing her physics PhD at Yale. She has spent over 450 nights on silent retreat since 2003, including two three-month retreats. She developed a songbook of Buddhist music including her own choral arrangements of traditional chants. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Insight World Aid. She has taught classes and retreats in British Columbia since 2010, including at a prison and in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Learn more on Rachel’s website:

Choose your enrollment fee

As one part of our ongoing effort to expand access to the teachings of the Buddha, all IMS Online programs feature sliding scale registration fees and the opportunity to self-select a low-cost scholarship rate. No-fee enrollment is available for those who request a fee-waiver via email. Our system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and is made possible by our generous donors and those who choose to support other students by contributing at the “Benefactor” level.