This program is designed for young people to come together as a community to integrate study and practice of the teachings found in the Pāli discourses. We will test out for ourselves the suggestion that both meditative quiet and also penetrative intellectual understanding are important conditions for obtaining “the wisdom from which the spiritual life sets out.” (AN 8:2) The daily schedule will include silent meditation practice in the morning and evening, with instructions and group interviews. In afternoon classroom sessions, we will examine the teachings on cultivating the heart and mind found in the Pāli Nikāyas. The aim of the program will be to use the study of these teachings to guide and motivate our meditation practice, and to use the meditation periods to guide and motivate our intellectual study. Note: This course opens the same day that the IMS Young Adult Retreat closes in order to allow for those who wish to transition directly to BCBS. It is not required that you attend the IMS retreat, but as a way of fostering a strong practice community on this retreat, we do require that you have sat at least one vipassanā or insight retreat of five days or longer.
Please note the fees already include our standard 50% scholarship for students under 32. If you need additional scholarhsip assistance, please complete a Scholarship Form.