Financial Support

We are committed to providing opportunities for all people to participate in our programs. We are able to offer payment plans for students who request them.  Approximately 50% of programming is donation-based, pay what you can. If you are interested in attending an offering that is tuition-based and are not able to afford the cost of the class, we offer financial support to reduce the fee of the class on a first-come first-served basis. 

We have funding allocated for People of Color (POC), Queer people, folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-24). Funding is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding is budgeted per class, retreat or event and because of high demand, can run out quickly.   

Safety 

We work to protect the safety of all students. We reserve the right to remove any student from any class, sitting group, retreat, or any event if the student is disruptive to the safe learning environment we maintain for all.

Cancellation & Refunds

We reserve the right to cancel a class or special event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If InsightLA cancels an event you’ve registered for, you will be offered a full refund. If an event has to be postponed for any reason, you will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer your registration to the same event at the new, future date.

Drop-in Classes 

>24 hours – Fully refundable 

<24 hours – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

 

Class Series

>7 days – Fully refundable 

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA


Non-Residential retreats 

>7 days – Fully refundable 

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

 

Residential Retreats 

> 8 weeks

    Full refund

4-8 weeks

    50% refund

2-4 weeks

    25% refund

< 2 weeks

    No Refunds

 

Special Events

>7 days – Fully refundable 

<7 days – No Refunds – Credit given if requested or donation to InsightLA

 

Trainings & Study Programs 

> 8 weeks

    Full refund

4-8 weeks

    50% refund

2-4 weeks

    25% refund

< 2 weeks

    No Refunds

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  • Location Benedict Canyon Retreat House
  • Experience Levels Experienced, Introductory
  • Dates
    • Saturday, September 21, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Saturday, October 12, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Saturday, November 2, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Saturday, December 14, 2019 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Saturday, January 11, 2020 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Policies

“THE LIBERATED MIND THAT NO LONGER CLINGS MEANS NIBBANA.” [MN 4.68]

The Buddhist tradition lays out a Path that clearly defines the route we may take to gain clarity about the nature of discontent. This route includes understanding how we create our distress, training the mind to release clinging to distress, and learning to abide liberated from distress. Within that liberation is where we can find peace and greater access to joy. We invite you to join a community of practitioners to take on this Path of dedicated study.  We will explore and cultivate the trainings laid out by the Buddha through the Wisdom Practices of Nibanna and the study of Emptiness.

This 7-month study program will cover Sila (ethical practice), 4 Noble Truths, 3 Marks of Existence, Dependent Origination (ceasing the wheel of Samsara), Aggregates (what makes up our personality), and an understanding of Buddhist psychology.

We will also encompass meditative trainings in Concentration (Samatha), Heart practices (Metta) and Insight practices (Vipassana).

In this program we will balance theory and practice within a supportive community (sangha). This will include readings of books and suttas, translation of concepts into meditation practices, group discussions and real-life engagement/application. Students will be asked to take on regular meditation practice, journaling, self-reflection and engaging “Mindfulness in Action,” and meeting in small groups outside of the monthly meetings (small groups will be formed after the first meeting). Often times when we make a commitment we put energy into a relationship. As time continues we begin to gain the rewards of the energy we’ve dedicated. This is a form of “making merit.” This program is suitable for students who want to deepen their practice and increase their commitment to their personal growth in the Dharma. This program is ideal if you have a daily practice that you would like to deepen or are looking for a community to help develop a regular practice.

This 7 month program meets one Saturday of every month from 9-12pm (except for two meetings which are from 9-3pm):

  • Sept 21
  • Oct 12 (9-3pm)
  • Nov 2 (we will meet at East Hollywood instead of Benedict Canyon on Nov 2)
  • Dec 14
  • Jan 11
  • Feb 8
  • March 14 (9-3pm)

Cost:

This pricing tiers for this program are as follows:

$1080 – Sustaining rate (This allows for additional support beyond the base cost to help offer financial support to others in need.)

$810 – Base rate (This is the base cost to participate in this program which includes paying teachers and operating costs of the center.)

$675 – Subsidized rate (This rate is reserved for those in financial hardship and for members of marginalized groups who request additional support.)

Please pay the maximum amount possible. If these payment options are not financially accessible in full, a payment plan can be arranged for you if needed.  For more information, please email programs@insighla.org.

Pricing Options
Subsidized $675.00
Base $810.00
Sustainer $1080.00

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