Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. We provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a spiritual education and training institution whose purpose is to:
* Bring people to a depth of realization of the Buddha’s path of liberation through direct experience.
* Provide the community of practitioners with inspiration and teachings to integrate and manifest wisdom and compassion in all aspects of their lives, for the benefit of all beings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is intended to be a place that always looks in two directions: inward and outward.
Inwardly, we need settings where we can renew our connection to ourselves, to nature, and to life itself through silence and mindful attention. And outwardly, the modern world is in crisis on many fronts: environmental, economic, political, and psychological. Today, as always, the world needs more voices of understanding, more acts of generosity, and more peace. Through the practice of mindfulness and insight meditation (vipassana), we help individuals find peace, compassion, and wisdom, and support everyone in taking those qualities into the world.
Spirit Rock as a living mandala (a circle) whose central inspiration is the dharma, the deepest truth of life, beyond words and concepts. The outer expressions of the mandala are both reflections of the dharma and paths leading back to the dharma. The outer expressions, which are interdependent and support one another, include our programs and trainings in retreats, wise relationship, study, hermitage, service, and spiritual practices in the world.