How to Meditate:
Introduction to Insight Meditation (Vipassana)
Insight meditation is about seeing and experiencing our life simply as it is. It is a practice of becoming awake to our lives moment by moment without bias or judgment. It is also a practice of being kind and gentle with ourselves. The intention is to live with an open heart, with kindness and with ease. This workshop includes meditation instructions, discussions within the context of a supportive group setting, and exercises that will help integrate mindfulness into daily activity. Special emphasis will be given to mindfulness and concentration on the breath and body sensations, working with moods and emotions, and working with thoughts and an obsessively thinking mind. Part of the workshop requires silence, parts will not. The workshop is suitable for students new to meditation or for those who would like to begin or refresh their practice. Each participant should purchase and read he book, “How to Meditate” by Pema Chodron. (Listing on AMAZON.com)
David would like to offer this instruction free of charge, and also would like to provide participants an opportunity to make a “dana” (generosity) offering at the end of the workshop(with no requirement of any kind and with no attachment on his part as to whether they offer anything or not
Benefits of Meditation
Meditation helps us on many levels, from simple relaxation to freedom from suffering and full liberation of heart and mind. It allows us to:
• diffuse stress and experience greater calm
• explore the mind-body relationship
• connect to our feelings
• expand our sense of who we are, beyond our fears and self-judgment
• find genuine happiness
• discover inner resources that can change our everyday lives
• awaken our capacity for insight and wisdom
• transform our world view from one of isolation and confusion to one of connection, clarity and compassion
• broaden our perspective and deepen our courage, based on seeing things just as they are.”
David Armbruster has eight years of experience studying and sitting in Soto Zen and 14 + years studying and sitting in Vipassana; He has completed Jon Kabit-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course and in the 1990‘s facilitated a mindfulness-based team building program at 3M Company, as well as facilitating meditation in their Employee Assistance program. Currently, he is a member of a team facilitating meditation in Minnesota’s prisons, studies at the Vermont Insight Meditation Center and teaches mindfulness meditation in the local Easton/Greenwich/Cambridge area.
Rates and Accomodations
All rates included housing, food and programming unless otherwise noted. Bookings are per person per bed
Does not include Housing. Use this option if you want to attend the programming and have meals, but wish to stay off campus.
Garden Cabin: $295
Our beautiful Garden Cabin is a dormitory style accommodation with 5 bunk beds that can accommodate up to 10 people. The bathroom facilities for guests staying in the Garden Cabin are located on the ground level of the Lodge, approximately 500 feet away.
Quad Room: $345
Each quad room has two sets of bunk beds. its own bathroom and a shower. You may be sharing with up to 3 other guests.