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IMCW News

This blog contains announcements, insights and articles from the Insight Meditation Community of Washington

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Walking Meditation

Meditation is a practice of presence that you can bring alive in all settings and activities. The formal training in walking meditation can be particularly valuable for helping you to cultivate an awareness of your embodied experience in each moment, allowing you to bring your body, heart, and mind together as you move through life.
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Someone Once a Stranger: A Retreat Experience

The truth about a meditation retreat is that you really don’t know what will happen. Try as you might to predict and you will undoubtedly be surprised. But no matter what, something will happen that will help you to open your eyes, to “wake up,” out of the habitual ways you think and behave.
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Maintaining a Fragrance-Free Retreat

Though this issue may be unfamiliar to you, there are a growing number of people who are sensitive to commonly used items. This condition or disability is known as multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and involves people who have developed an acute sensitivity to various chemicals in the environment.
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The Tradition of Dana

Considered priceless, these teachings have been given freely since the time of the Buddha. That 2500-year tradition is being continued to this day. The cost of retreat registration covers only room and board plus administrative overhead. None of the registration fee goes to teachers or to the retreat managers. Their ability to continue offering these retreats depends solely on donations from retreat participants. This tradition of making offerings to those who make these retreats possible is called dana, which is the Pali (the language of the Buddha) word for generosity. There will be an opportunity to offer dana to teachers and retreat staff at the end of the retreat.