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


Try our new registration system. Click the image below:



Course
Mingling Our Minds with the Dharma: Practicing Wise Intention
Manny Mansbach
4 Tuesdays, May 30-June 20, 7:00-8:45pm
Suggested contribution: $32-48 registration + teacher donation

“Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone. It has to be made like bread; remade all the time. Made new.” --Ursula Le Guin

Wise Intention drives transformational spiritual practice, and provides a key link between Wise View and Wise Effort that facilitates translating understanding into skillful action in the world. Two kinds of intention are 1) the longing to be truly free, and 2) the secondary intention that arises when the egoic mind tries to convince us that real satisfaction can come from fulfilling our desires and accumulating experiences. As the self-defeating nature of this way of living (Wise View) is seen, Wise Intention shepherds the heart to reinvest vital energy toward the longing for genuine freedom.

Practicing the moment-to-moment cultivation of the three primary wise intentions of lovingkindness, compassion and letting go of that which takes us away from liberation, we can develop wise attention and other forerunners of wise action and happiness. We invite the conditions for opening to the way things are and transforming our heart and mind. Together, class participants will practice nurturing the capacity to put down diversions and shift from occasional, intermittent intention/attentiveness to a more sustained attention from which wisdom and contentment can blossom in our lives.

This class will use selected dharma talks and readings rather than using a primary text. (I do recommend having Bhikkhu Bodhi’s book The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering, which is a useful primer to the Buddha’s path, and contains a cogent and helpful section on Wise Intention.)

“Worldly life is easy at the beginning and difficult at the end. A spiritual life is difficult at the beginning and easy at the end.” --Ani Chudrun

Note: This links to a new registration system for us. Please feel free to let me know what you think.



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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.