Volunteer organizers, teachers, and participants have come together for the past 19 years, to support the study and practice of the Theravada Buddhist teachings in Victoria. The VictoriaIMS Council and volunteers thank you for your ongoing interest and dedication to meditation and mindfulness practices.
We are pleased to announce the 2020 retreat schedule and to be able to offer the summer and fall retreats via the Zoom platform.
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Aug 7/8 Tuere Sala from Seattle, WA. This will be an online retreat.
Registration Open. REGISTERSept 19 Brock Brown from Victoria, BC This will be an online retreat. Registration Opens Aug 24 2020
Oct 17/18 Christina Feldman from the UK. This will be an online retreat. Registration Opens Sept 21 2020
Nov 14/15 Carol Wilson from San Francisco, CA. This will be an online retreat. Registration Opens Oct 19 2020
Volunteer organizers, teachers, and participants have come together for the past 20 years, to support the study and practice of the Theravada Buddhist teachings in Victoria. Teachings are offered freely in keeping with the teachings of the Buddha. We encourage the practice of generosity as a way to further one’s peace of mind and freedom from suffering.
Time of retreats: Check the times for each retreat.
The teachings are offered freely. There are no registration fees.
You may offer financial contributions to the teacher or in the case of monastics to the monastery, and to Victoria IMS for operational costs.
E-transfer and PayPal information will be sent to participants.
Suggested donation to VictoriaIMS is $40 for a two-day retreat and $20 for a one-day retreat.
How to Register
On the day a retreat opens for registration, a link to register will be posted on this page.
As well, if you sign up for an electronic newsletter, you will receive an invitation to register the morning the retreat opens.
A Contemplation of the Buddha’s teaching on the Four Noble Truths An Online daylong retreat with Brock BrownSaturday Sept 19, 9:00 – 4:30
On this day we will reflect on the first teaching which the Buddha gave following his enlightenment, also called “Turning the Wheel of Truth”.The retreat will be held online using the Zoom platform. There will be chanting, guided meditations, and periods for silent sitting meditation, walking meditation or mindful household activities. Brock will give a dharma talk in the afternoon. This daylong is suitable for beginner or experienced meditators. Registration for this daylong will begin on August 24th. If you are new to Zoom, Victoria IMS will offer assistance. Brock Brown is a founding member and Chair of the Victoria Insight Meditation Society where he teaches and leads meditation retreats. He has been dedicated to the study and practice of the Buddha’s teachings in the Theravada tradition for the past 27 years, and is inspired by the Thai Forest tradition. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program and completed the Birken Forest Monastery Upasika program. Brock enjoys studying the suttas and making them relevant to our everyday lives.
One-Day + Retreat for Victoria IMS Online Retreat using Zoom Friday August 7, 20207pm – 8:30pm Saturday, August 8, 2020 9:00am – 5:00pm Registration open. REGISTER It hardly seems that any of us are able to make it through a day without being emotionally triggered. It could be a tragic or anger-inducing news story, a disagreement with family or friends (or even a stranger!), a comment or article on social media, a stressful situation at work…the list is endless. Often emotions turn our lives into a roller coaster ride of reactivity which can have the effect of turning our meditative practice into an escape clause rather than the source of our inner strength. It is possible, however, to engage our meditative practice in a more proactive way by cultivating several awakening emotions. They are considered awakening emotions because when present, they bring clarity and wisdom. During our day together we will explore these awakening emotions, how to distinguish them from non-awakening emotions, how to cultivate them and how to recognize their impact upon our practice. This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include meditation (with instructions), walking and reflective periods, and a Dhamma talk. Everyone is welcome.This retreat is offered freely. Financial dana/donations for Victoria IMS and for Tuere Sala are gratefully accepted.
Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and a retired prosecuting attorney. She has over 25 years of Buddhist meditation experience and is currently a participant in IMS’s 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.
Cultivating Awakened Emotions Friday Aug 8, 2020 7 pm – 8:30 pm Saturday Aug 9, 2020 9 am – 5:00 pm
The Zoom Meeting Link will be sent to Registered Participants. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the retreat so that the Registrar can admit you from the Zoom waiting room.
We ask that you test out the zoom link many days ahead of the retreat. Learn how to use Zoom here.
Email email@example.com if you have difficulties using Zoom or have questions about the retreat.
The Buddha’s teachings are considered priceless. In keeping with the teachings on generosity this retreat is offered freely.
Giving, known as dana, is one of 10 virtues the Buddha recommended we cultivate for attaining liberation from suffering.
The Victoria Insight Meditation Society and teachers who offer retreats for our organization do not charge for sharing the teachings. In recognition of the costs for operating an organization and considering that teachers rely on the generosity of participants for their livelihood, we ask that you consider the practice of giving.
For Victoria Insight Meditation Society: Interac transfer: VIMSdana@gmail.com Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/VIMSDana?locale.x=en_CA Mail: 4013 Magdelin St. Victoria BC V8N 3M5 Make cheques payable to Victoria Insight Meditation Society