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Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
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Courses & Retreats

Pre-registration is requested for all courses & retreats. If a week before the start date there are not enough registrants, the teacher has the discretion to cancel, so please register early by clicking the "Register Now" link at the end of the description to register online. There is a suggested registration contribution, and also an opportunity to practice dana to the teachers. See more on registration information and cancellation policies below.

 

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All Open Events  

 


Family Series
The Sure Heart : A Buddhist Family Group
Bernadine Mellis
6 Fridays, March 8 - April 19 from 3:30-5:00
(no meeting on April 5)
Suggested donation: $48-120 per family center registration

In this weekly group, children and parents/caregivers will gather together to play and explore Buddhist teachings and values in a space of lovingkindness, awareness, and acceptance. We will play games, tell stories, and do simple steadiness-building and heart-cultivating exercises. Mostly we will just be together, taking time to see each other with fresh eyes!

Parents may have a short time to meditate together while children prepare a snack for everyone to share. This is a pilot program. It's designed with younger children, ages 3-6, in mind. However, if you think your older children would benefit, feel free to join us.


Please contact Bernadine for more information or with questions.



One-day retreat
Freedom from a Fear-Based Life
Michael Grady
Sunday, March 24; 9:30am-4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation
Within the framework of Insight meditation, we will explore skillful and compassionate ways to respond to fear when this habit arises in our daily life. By including the many expressions of fear such as anxiety, worry, or self-doubt in the field of compassionate inquiry, we can heal and free our hearts and minds from the burden and limitations of a fear-based life.



Course
Beginners/Beginners Mind Meditation
Kim Weeber
6 Sundays, April 7 - May 19; 10:00am-12:00pm
(no class April 21)
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.”



One-day retreat
Being Present & Openhearted in Relationships
Michael Grady
Saturday, April 13; 9:30am-4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation
All forms of relationships that we encounter in everyday life provide a precious opportunity to deepen wisdom and compassion. We will explore principles and practices in Insight meditation that support living a life in which we experience connection rather than alienation, by being more fully present when we are in relationship.



NEW DAY!!
Course
Loving Kindness Practice: Cultivate the Quality of Kindness in Your Life & Heart
Peggy Gillespie
3 Mondays, April 15 - 29; 7:15-9:00pm
Suggested contribution: $24-60 registration + teacher donation
Of course it might take some of us longer to achieve this important goal to learn to always be kind to oneself and to others, but in three weeks of practice, we can make great progress towards this essential practice taught by the Buddha. Wisdom and freedom grow in tandem with our ability to be kind to ourselves, free from shame and self-harm through our hurtful self-talk. With the support of the group, we will together make this a living practice in our daily lives.



Half-day retreat
Bowing to Kwan Yin
Rebecca Bradshaw
Saturday, April 27; 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-30 registration + teacher donation
Kwan Yin is a bodhisattva manifestation of compassion, known as "the one who hears the cries of the world with ease." In this half-day retreat, we will engage in a bowing practice from Mahayana (later) Buddhism. Developing the qualities of surrender and compassion, we will devote this time to cultivating a heart that can engage with the suffering of this world with ease and wholeheartedness. Each student will be encouraged to bow in a way that is comfortable for them, ranging from a nod to a full bow.



Course
Mindful and Brave: Discovering Courage and Fearlessness in an Age of Heightened Anxiety
Manny Mansbach
4 Tuesdays, May 7 - 28; 6:45-8:15pm
Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation
In this course, we will investigate together how we establish ourselves on four related pathways of freedom: from fear of ourselves to basic fearlessness; from fear of others to fearless compassion; from fear of openness to transcendent fearlessness; and, finally, from fear of manifesting to fearless action in the world. These pathways illuminate the way toward more confident engagement and courageous leadership in our inner as well as our worldly lives.
REGISTRATION OPENS BY MARCH 22, 2019.



NEW OFFERING!
Course
Practice Can Be Easier- Neuroscience Techniques for Meditation
Kim Weeber
4 Thursdays, May 16 - June 6; 4:00-6:00pm
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 MARCH 22.



Half-day retreat
Restorative, Nourishing Practice
Manny Mansbach
Saturday, May 18; 9:30am-1:00pm
Suggested contribution: $15-30 registration + teachers donation
In this half-day retreat a few short dharma reflections and brief teachings will be offered. The bulk of the time will be devoted to sitting, standing and walking meditation, a little chanting, and some inspirational poetry. The spirit of the morning will be one of taking refuge in silence and the goodness of the dharma, our hearts, and gentle, steady practice.
REGISTRATION OPENS BY APRIL 5, 2019.



Half-day retreat
Opening the Heart: A Morning of Loving Kindness and Compassion
Kim Weeber
Saturday, June 8; 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-30 registration + teacher donation
We will practice meditations that cultivate our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. These practices lead to the development of concentration, happiness, compassion, and a greater ability to accept ourselves and others. This retreat is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.
REGISTRATION OPENS BY APRIL 26, 2019.



Course
Cultivating Qualities of an Awakened Heart 2
Rebecca Bradshaw
4 Tuesdays, June 18 - July 9; 7:00-8:45pm 
Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation
In this eight-week class offered in two four-week segments, we will explore the ten beautiful qualities known as the paramis, or spiritual perfections. These qualities range from generosity, integrity and patience to love, renunciation and truthfulness, and are said to be the qualities of a fully enlightened one. Daily life practice is a great way to explore nourishing these qualities, strengthening our awakened heart. First session is January 29 - February 26, 7:00-8:45 pm. Each segment can be taken separately.
REGISTRATION OPENS BY MAY 3, 2019.



One-day workshop
The Body in Practice: How the Body Thought it Had a Mind
Marlon Barrios Solano
Sunday, June 23; 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation
We will investigate "body-fulness" or the primacy of the body for Vipassana/Insight meditation practice. Using guided meditations, movement, gentle touch and conversations we will inquire into the often paradoxical dynamics of embodi-ment for Insight meditation practice. My perspective is informed by Vipassana and Buddhist psychology, dance improvisation, somatics, interpersonal neurobiology and cultural/queer studies. No meditation experience required. Bring comfortable clothing.
REGISTRATION OPENS BY MAY 10, 2019.



SAVE THE DATE!
Half-day retreat with Tara Mulay & Devon Berry
Saturday, June 29; 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-50 registration + teacher donation
Check the website for more information coming soon.



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This course has been cancelled.
Course
The Brahma Viharas
Candace Cassin
4 Tuesdays, January 8 - 29; 10:15am-12:00pm
Suggested contribution: $32-80 registration + teacher donation
The Brahma Viharas, or Divine Abodes — loving friendliness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity — are qualities of the awakened heart and mind. Sometimes our conditioning makes it difficult to access these qualities, or even to remember and trust them, and it is good to know that we can cultivate them. In this class we will investigate the characteristics of each Brahma Vihara, as well as the “near misses” for each. We will look at formal and informal ways to cultivate them in our practice and our lives. Snow date: Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019.
It might be rescheduled later in the year. We apologize for the inconvenience.



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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.