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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.


Important Announcements!

The Refuge Recovery Group is canceled for Friday, August 7, due to the Arinna Weisman event. It will resume its usual schedule on August 14.

The schedule for the Parenting Group has shifted to a biweekly sit, which will happen on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at the usual time (6:00-7:15pm). See Sittings for the complete schedule.

Also, the topic for the September 21 Conversation with Rebecca has been changed to "The Spiritual Strength of Equanimity: what is it and how do we develop it?" See Special Events for complete listing.


August Event

In the wake of recent events in Charleston, Baltimore, Ferguson, and elsewhere, the hard work of examining our own attitudes and biases around racial, cultural, and socioeconomic differences feels ever more urgent and necessary. Insight PV is honored to present a day-long retreat around white identity that seeks to create the space that allows true and lasting inclusion.

Awakening Our Hearts: Exploring Authentic Relationships Across Difference
Arinna Weisman
Saturday, August 8, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation

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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Cancellations for Drop-In Sittings

If there is a question about snow or other weather-related cancellations, please call Insight PV at 413-527-0388 after 3:00 pm for evening events or 7:00 am for morning events and select the cancellation mailbox. Also, the calendar on the website will list that a class is cancelled.