Established in 1998, Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley is a Buddhist center in the Insight Meditation tradition serving western Massachusetts. Our mission is to share the Buddha's teachings with those who are interested. Insight PV is a non-residential center offering sittings, classes & retreats and special events to help sustain and deepen meditation practice and bring wisdom and compassion into daily life. Click About Us to learn more.
Buddhism has as its refuge and vision a heart that is unrestricted, luminous, and free. As we practice the eight-fold path our hearts begin to open and call us to explore unconscious beliefs and behaviors that cause harm and suffering to others and ourselves. One of the areas where this habitual expression takes place is how we as white people are unaware of the ways we build identities of whiteness which cover our hearts and separate ourselves from people of color. By becoming aware of our group identity as whites and by owning the privileges of access to power and resources, we are able to transform ourselves and our ability to be in authentic relationships across differences. We begin to work towards the creation of multicultural communities by addressing the changes needed to bring about true inclusion.
Our exploration grows from the premise that we always are deserving of love and that self-judgment is a barrier to open-heartedness and new learning. Our gathering will be conducted using practices of awareness, loving kindness, patience, truthfulness, and the invitation to skill development. As we increase our understanding and deepen our exploration, we may find ourselves experiencing a new freedom of expression unobstructed by constructions of identities around whiteness.
Together we will co-create a container of safety to explore through meditation, dyad and group sharing our inner and outer experience. This day is for those who identify as white. No previous experience necessary.
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