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116 Pleasant Street
Suite 242
Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
413-527-0388
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Courses

Pre-registration is required for all courses. Click the "Register Now" link at the end of the description to register online. Courses meet at InsightPV from 7:15 – 9 pm unless otherwise noted. There is a suggested registration contribution for classes, and also an opportunity to practice dana to the teachers. See more on registration information and cancellation policies below.


Registrations for Summer/Fall events will open soon. See all currently open events by clicking the "Register Now" button below:

All Open Events


Course
Beginners/Beginners Mind Meditation
Kim Weeber
6 Sundays, September 9 - October 14; 10:00am-12:00pm
Suggested contribution: $48-120 registration + teacher donation

This six-week class will offer an overview of the Buddha’s teachings on meditation and mindfulness in daily life. We will practice concentration, mindfulness, loving kindness, and body meditations. Suitable for beginners and those who wish to “begin again.”




Course
Exploring the Landscape of Remorse and Redemption
Candace Cassin
5 Tuesdays, September 11 - October 9; 10:15am-12:00pm
Suggested contribution: $40-100 registration + teacher donation

Who among us hasn’t made an unskillful choice, has never harmed or disappointed ourselves or another?  What happens in our hearts and minds when we do? The Buddha considered remorse to be a skillful response and guilt, not so skillful. Remorse lets us know that we have acted in a way that is out of alignment with our values, and it is a doorway to learning from our experience, deepening compassion, and turning toward the freedom of forgiveness and beginning anew. Guilt tends to lock down our energy into identification and shame, and can fuel an abiding sense of unworthiness and “not enough.” We may even feel inadequate and guilty simply because we have not lived up to some idea of perfection or goodness. This is the territory we will explore in this class, including liberating ways of engaging with both remorse and guilt through our practice.  All are welcome.




Course
Deepening Equanimity
Candace Cassin
5 Tuesdays, September 11 - October 9; 4:00-5:45pm
Suggested contribution: $40-100 registration + teacher donation

Equanimity — evenness of mind; staying balanced in the changes, highs, and lows of life — is one of the four Brahmaviharas as well as one of the ten Paramis. We sometimes describe our path as a practice of being intimate with all of life. Equanimity supports that capacity for intimacy, for our hearts to be open without being overwhelmed. Without equanimity, it is difficult not to grasp onto the pleasant or become reactive against the unpleasant, both in ourselves and in the world around us. In this class we will explore equanimity — what it is and what it isn’t (indifference, passivity) and ways to cultivate equanimity. We can even learn to have equanimity about our lapses of equanimity. All are welcome.




Course
Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Rebecca Bradshaw
5 Tuesdays, September 11 - October 9; 7:00-8:45pm
Suggested contribution: $40-100 registration + teacher donation

In the Satipatthana Sutra, the Buddha gives us precise instructions of how to be mindful and what to be mindful of in a way that leads to freeing our hearts and minds from contraction and suffering. Come enrich your mindfulness practice by unpacking one of the most central Buddhist discourses around meditation practice. This is a core curriculum course, open to both beginning and experienced students.




Course
Discovering Inner Wealth: The Seven Factors of Awakening
Manny Mansbach
4 Mondays, October 15 - November 5; 7:15 - 9:00pm
Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation

The seven factors of awakening - mindfulness, investigation, energy, joyful interest, tranquility, stability of mind, and equanimity - are so valued in Buddhist practice that they are sometimes referred to as “inner wealth.” Joseph Goldstein calls these qualities “the sap that runs through the Buddha’s tree of liberation; a powerful healing medicine that we must actually develop in our own minds.” These wholesome states comprise a mutually supportive framework for cultivating the mind, overcoming meditative obstacles, and balancing the energetic and calming forces that develop in meditation.

The Buddha’s teachings point us toward qualities of mind that already live inside of us. Becoming more familiar with the seven factors helps us incline towards and develop them further, so that non–clinging becomes more familiar and natural, and a path of awakening is ignited. This class will explore each factor to reveal its importance, function, and role in the process of awakening. Rather than a single text, we will rely on audio dharma talks, class discussion and practice for structure.

Registration opens by August 17, 2018.



Course
Practice Can Be Easier - Neuroscience Techniques for Meditation
Kim Weeber
4 Thursdays, October 25 - November 15; 10:00am-12:00pm
Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation

Are you struggling with your practice? Have you ever wondered if practice could be more enjoyable? The neuroscientists who also meditate have found some simple answers to these questions, which the Buddha also talked about in his meditation instructions, but with less detail than we have today. Come and see what you can do! Participants can be new or experienced meditators, but need to commit to a daily practice during this time.

Registration opens by August 24, 2018.



Course
Mindfulness of Difficult Emotions
Peggy Gillespie
4 Mondays; November 12 - December 3; 7:15-9:00pm
Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation

We've all experienced difficult emotional states throughout our lives. Even joy can create difficulty when we cling to it and want it to be a permanent state. Learning to ride the waves with more equilibrium and balance during these storms is a life skill helpful to all of us. We'll practice meditation, have discussions, and learn from each other.

Registration opens by September 14, 2018.



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Registration Procedure

Pre-registration is required for all courses. One week before the course begins, if there are too few pre-registrants, the course may be cancelled at the discretion of the teacher. Unless otherwise stated, over-enrolled courses are first-come, first-served. A note will be placed on the website soon after the course is full to indicate that a Wait List has been started. Please pre-register to hold a place on the Wait List.

Please, pre-register for retreats on-line by clicking on the words "Register now!" below the course or retreat for which you wish to register. Follow the instructions provided at each step.

You may also download a hardcopy Pre-registration Form for Courses and Retreats by clicking Here. Please complete the form and mail it with your Donation for Registration to Insight PV at the address provided. You may also bring the form with your Donation for Registration to Insight PV if you come to another offering before registration closes.

If you are interested in taking a course but have not pre-registered by one week before the start, please pre-register anyway or send an email expressing your interest to registration@insightpv.org. We will refund donations for any offerings that cancel. You may register at the door, IF the course is not full or has not been cancelled.

On-line pre-registration and pre-payment is strongly encouraged, but Insight PV continues its policy of welcoming all, no matter their financial situation. If the suggested contribution is beyond your means, please just let us know for our own income-tracking purposes. If your funds are very limited, please save them for a contribution to the Teacher.

Please, plan to arrive 15 minutes before the start time for the course in order to get settled and ready to start.

If you cannot make the first class you may have an opportunity to sign up, space permitting, at the second class. Courses are offered as a series of classes. For the purposes of building community among the partipants and continuity in the offering, courses are not open on a drop-in basis.

Registration and Teacher Donations

Insight PV suggests donation ranges for each course and retreat to help support the Center, paying for rent, phone, and administration. Teachers and community dharma leaders at Insight PV are not paid for leading courses and retreats. While a dollar amount is not specified for a Teacher Donation, we encourage you to consider making a contribution equal to or greater than the Suggested Donation for Registration. In this way, you support the teacher’s livelihood and the Buddhist tradition of offering the teachings freely.

For each retreat, course, or open sitting, please take a moment to reflect on the value of the offering to you and make an appropriate donation. Insight PV continues its policy of welcoming all, no matter their financial situation. If the Suggested Donation is beyond your means, please just let us know when you register. If your funds are very limited, please save them for a contribution to the Teacher.

Open sittings have no suggested donation, but a box or basket is available for your donations to Insight PV and/or the teacher. All forms of generosity are welcome at Insight PV. Please consider donating your time to help your Center continue to operate with open arms.

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Carpooling
You may want to consider ridesharing to an event or ongoing class. Martin Urbel coordinates ridesharing to Insight PV events. If you are interested, please contact him at urbel@comcast.net.

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Cancellations for Insight PV Classes

If a class is cancelled because of bad weather or teacher illness and cannot be replaced, participants will be offered a refund.  If there is a question about snow or other weather-related cancellations, please call Insight PV at 413-527-0388 and check the Cancellation Mailbox after 3:00 pm.  Also, the Calendar on the website will list that a class is cancelled.