Independent Meditation Center Guide

"When you empty your mind, when you give up everything and just practice zazen with an open mind, then whatever you see you meet yourself."
Shunryu Suzuki, Not Always So.

Insight Meditation Society
1230 Pleasant Street
Barre,  Massachusetts   01005
(For best directions, please ask the center.)
Phone 978 355-4378
Center's Description
The Insight Meditation Society was founded in 1975 as a nonprofit organization to provide an environment conducive to the practice of vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness) meditation, and to preserve the essential Buddhist teachings of liberation. IMS now operates two retreat facilities the Retreat Center and The Forest Refuge, which are set on 160 secluded wooded acres in the quiet country of central Massachusetts.

The Retreat Center, which commenced a program of silent courses in 1976, offers a full yearly schedule of meditation retreats lasting in duration from a weekend to three months. Most retreats are 7-9 days long. A group of senior teachers provide regular and ongoing guidance and direction as well as teaching a number of courses each year themselves. In addition, recognized insight meditation teachers from all over the world come to offer teachings.

The Forest Refuge: On May 12, 2003, this new center will officially open for experienced meditators, providing a secluded environment for long-term, self-sustaining practice. In general, there will be no fixed retreat schedule and practitioners may begin their practice whenever an opening is available.
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7/28/1997  Reviewed By: Steve
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