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Eastworks, 2nd Floor
116 Pleasant Street
Suite 242
Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
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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.

CORRECTION to the FALL 2014 Brochure

Please note there's an error on the Fall 2014 brochure that went out in the mail this week. The "Unguided Silent Meditation Sittings" occur on Fridays from 5:45 - 6:30. We apologize for any confusion. (Note the pdf listing available here is correct.)


September Offerings

Meeting Difficult Emotions with Mindfulness
Bhante Buddharakkhita
Wednesday, September 17, 7:15-9:00 pm
Suggested contribution: $5-20
Bhante Buddharakkhita was born in Uganda, Africa and first encountered Buddhism in 1990 while in India. In 2002 he as ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk and continued his meditation practice under the guidance of Bhante Gunaratana. Author of Planting Dhamma Seeds: The Emergence of Buddhism in Africa, and founder of the Uganda Buddhist Center, Bhante has been teaching meditation worldwide for more than a decade.
No registration necessary.
When Trauma Meets Meditation:
A Discussion About What is Helpful and Not So Helpful
Rebecca Bradshaw
Thursday, September 18, 7:15-9:00 pm
Suggested contribution: $5-10 + teacher donation

Rebecca Bradshaw, IPV's guiding teacher, will lead a meditation and then a discussion on trauma and practice. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 and teaching since 1993. Rebecca has a Master's in Counseling Psychology, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and has worked as a therapist and meditation teacher for close to 20 years, specializing in helping those who have suffered trauma to be able to access meditation in a way that is fruitful. Join InsightPV's Guiding Teacher for meditation and inquiry.
No registration necessary.



Metta and Mindfulness Through Our Senses: Connecting Deeply with Nature
Half Weekend Retreat with Rebecca Bradshaw
Friday, September 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at IPV &
Saturday, September 20, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm at a South Ashfield studio 20 minutes from Florence &
Suggested contribution: $30-50 registration plus teacher donation
During this half weekend retreat, we’ll explore how to strengthen and deepen our connection to life through our senses, letting the natural world teach us the joy of our embeddedness in this world. Participants will need to be able to climb a spiral staircase and do some light hiking over uneven terrain. Numbers are limited and preregistration is required. Bring lunch on Saturday.

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Nurturing Mindfulness in Young People
Dr. Christopher Willard - Saturday, September 27, 9:30 – 1:00 pm
Suggested contribution: $15-25 registration plus teacher donation
As mindfulness goes mainstream, there is a growing interest in bringing these practices to young people to build resilience at a young age, while boosting learning, creativity, concentration and mental health. Join author, psychologist and educator Dr. Christopher Willard for a morning about brining mindfulness to young people in the home or professional space to build a mindful community from the ground up. This retreat is appropriate for parents, caregivers, educators, therapists, social workers, and all who work with children.

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Three Pathways to Freedom
Rebecca Bradshaw - Mondays, September 8 - October 6, 7:15-9:00 pm
Suggested contribution: $48-60 registration plus teacher donation
The Buddha described three key characteristics of life that, if understood deeply, can free the heart/mind: the truths of impermanence, dukkha, and not-self. Come explore for yourself what these mean and how they lead to deeper peace. This is a core curriculum class.This is a core curriculum class. For more information about the full curriculum click here.

Registration closed.

Beginning Meditation
Kim Weeber
Sundays, Sept 21 - Nov 2, 10 am-12:00 pm
Except October 19
Suggested contribution: $48-72 registration plus teacher donation
This six-week class will present an overview of the Buddha’s teachings on meditation and mindfulness in daily life. Suitable for beginners and those who wish to “begin again.”

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Aging as a Spiritual Opportunity: Silver Sangha Offering
Rebecca Bradshaw - Thursdays, Sept 25 - Oct 23, 1:00-3:00 pm
Suggested contribution: $40-60 registration plus teacher donation
In continuing to explore the spiritual opportunities of aging, we will be engaging such themes as loving and letting go, deepening through loss, timelessness, and forgiveness. Designed for those 55 and older, anyone is welcome to this daytime class.

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