Wise Intention

The Buddha said that the heart of all action is in the motivation in the mind/heart that impels the action. The seed of suffering and of happiness lies in the motivations that arise in our hearts and minds. The natural result of steady mindfulness and wisdom is the strengthening of the beautiful and wholesome qualities of heart that become the motivation for our actions.

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Carol Wilson first began practicing Vipassana, or insight meditation, in 1971 with S.N. Goenka in Bodh Gaya, India. Since then she has studied and practiced with a number of Theravada teachers, both Asian and Western. She has been particularly influenced by the teachings and practice styles of Sayadaw U Pandita, and in the past ten years, of Ashin U Tejaniya. In the 1980s she spent a year in Thailand as a Buddhist nun, which she continues to appreciate as an immensely valuable and inspiring experience.

Carol has been sharing vipassana and metta retreat teachings since 1986, both in the United States and abroad. She feels a strong commitment to supporting the conditions for long intensive retreats to take place, and for many years she has been teaching the three-month retreat at Insight Meditation Society as well as a month-long retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She is currently a guiding teacher of IMS.

Date & Time:


Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St., San Diego, Bard Hall

Parking is validated in the ACE parking lot adjacent to the church. We encourage carpooling.

Additional Info:

Please contact Irene Folk at irene@insightsd.org with questions

Carol will also be leading a non-residential weekend retreat on Awareness and Wisdom: Cultivating Awareness with Wise Attitude. The retreat is Saturday and Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2018.

Registration Information


Following a 2,500 year tradition in which the community financially supports the offerings provided, the teachings and meditation sessions in this event are offered on a generosity (Dana) basis. No one is turned away because they cannot give. We are encouraging members to give what their budget and hearts of generosity allow, and/or to sign up for monthly giving on our Donations page.

Carol Wilson Dharma Talk
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