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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 Winter/Spring events will open soon. See all currently open events by clicking the "Register Now" button below:

All Open Events


Course
Comfort, Courage, Clarity, Compassion, and Connection in the Winds of Life
Candace Cassin
4 Wednesdays, January 3 - 24; 10:15am - 12:00pm
(snow day TUES, Jan 30)
Suggested contribution: $32-48 registration + teacher donation
The Eight Worldly Winds…we’ve all experienced them: pleasure and pain; gain and loss; praise and blame; fame and disrepute. The tendency is to become identified or reactive — to grasp at what we want and to hate or push away what we don’t. It can be difficult to keep our balance in the midst of any of them. Even in the turbulence, though, all are potential doorways to liberating our hearts and minds when we can relate to them skillfully. In this class we will have the chance to identify some of the “worldly winds” present in our lives and to explore the Buddha’s teachings as well as practices that help us to meet them. Among the topics we will consider are the importance of gladdening the heart, courageous effort, relaxing the mind, and the equanimity that helps us connect intimately with all of life.
Registration opens by Wednesday, December 13.



Course
A Mind Free from Suffering, A Heart Free for Compassion
Candace Cassin
4 Wednesdays, January 3 - 24; 4:15 - 6:00pm
(snow day TUES, Jan 30)
Suggested contribution: $32-48 registration + teacher donation
The more intimately we know the heart and mind affected by greed, ill-will, and delusion, the better able we are to make choices in the direction of freedom. And the more relaxed our hearts and minds are, the more clearly we can see. In this class we will attend to the skillful and beautiful states of mind and heart we already experience, and cultivate curiosity about the obvious and subtle states of mind and heart where we still become tangled. We will explore teachings, practices, and antidotes that support the freedom of our hearts and minds as we persevere on the path…for our own sake, and for the sake of the world.
Registration opens by Wednesday, December 13.



Book Discussion Series ☸
Waking Up White
Lore Detenber & Molly Keehn
5 Tuesdays, January 16 - February 13; 7:00-9:00pm
Suggested contribution: $40-60 registration + teacher donation

This series, utilizing the book Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving, is designed to provide a supportive, educational environment for white people to explore our social conditioning associated with being members of a dominant group. Fear, confusion and vulnerability are welcome as we work together in addressing the pain of individual and systemic racism in an environment of mutual respect and care.

Grounded in Buddhist understanding, each session will include a period of meditation and open dialogue through small and large group discussion. No prior experience with this topic is necessary.

Participants are asked to make a commitment to attending ALL 5 sessions and reading the book. Please read the first three chapters before the first session. (Please contact IPV if you are unable to purchase the book or get it from your local library.)

 
Limited to 15 participants.

Lore Detenber is a long term Buddhist practitioner and a member of IPV's Beloved Community Builders group. Molly Keehn is a long term Social Justice Educator.

Registration opens by Wednesday, December 13.



Course
Inner Transformation: From Contraction to Spaciousness
Rebecca Bradshaw
6 Tuesdays, March 27 - May 1; 7:00-8:45pm
Suggested contribution: $48-72 registration + teacher donation
The Buddha's teachings provide a path for moving from contraction to spaciousness, from narrowness to openness, from separation to connectedness. In this class, we will explore the places within that are hard or inflexible, such as hidden beliefs, deeply conditioned patterns of thought and emotion, and habitual reactivity to what we like and don't like. Through investigation on bodily, energetic and emotional levels, we will learn how to soften our hearts and minds into increased connection, sensitivity, and freedom.
Registration opens by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.



Course ☸
Beginners/Beginners Mind Meditation
Kim Weeber
6 Sundays, April 8 - May 13; 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Suggested contribution: $48-72 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.”
Registration opens by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.



Course
Freedom Here and Now
Manny Mansbach
5 Tuesdays, May 22 - June 19; 7:00-8:45pm
Suggested contribution: $40-60 registration + teacher donation

“Now and then it’s good to pause in your pursuit of happiness, and just be happy.” --Guillaume Apollinaire

Insight Meditation is primarily taught as a path of gradual progression of insight, and certainly a steady, dedicated, long-term practice points towards a life of clarity and compassion. This class will focus on how we can also learn to find confidence in stepping out of delusion and clinging right here and now in the midst of our complex and demanding lives? Instead of making practice another self-improvement project with all the pitfalls that come with such endeavors, we are invited to attune to the “one who knows”, to practice recognizing and releasing from obstacles and history, learning to trust the expansive and liberated heart, connecting with freedom where we stand or sit without conditions, perfection or delay.

The text for the class will be Jack Kornfield’s No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love and Joy Right Where You Are. Audio dharma talks will also be assigned each week.

Registration opens by Wednesday, March 28, 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.