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Shining the Light of Awareness on Fear
Dates: Feb 02, 2018 - Feb 04, 2018
Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)

Instructor(s): Michael Grady

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Within the framework of Buddha's teaching on the four noble truths, and drawing on methods grounded in vipassana practice, we will explore ways to respond to fear with equanimity, wisdom, and compassion. By including the many expressions of fear such as anxiety, worry, and self-doubt in the field of dharma practice, we can liberate our hearts and minds from the burden of fear. By shining the light of awareness on fear when it arises, we learn to relax and trust in our capacity to meet the inherent difficulties that we encounter in human life with greater faith in the power of awareness to heal and free the mind from suffering.


  • Michael Grady is a core teacher at the Insight Meditation Society and has been a guiding teacher for more than 20 years at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, an urban dharma center that emphasizes contemplative practice in daily life. Michael began practicing Insight meditation in 1974 with Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg. More recently, he trained with the late Master Sheng Yen and was introduced to the practice of Silent Illumination in the Chan tradition. This practice emphasizes cultivating a wise and compassionate attitude in dharma practice, as well as including all of life as an opportunity for awakening.