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Eastworks, 2nd Floor
116 Pleasant Street
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Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
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Pre-registration is required for all retreats unless otherwise noted. Please scroll to bottom of page for logistical information about retreats, registration requirements, cancellation policies, and lunch options.


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One day retreat
It’s Okay to Be Happy: The Buddha’s Practice as a Path of Joy
Manny Mansbach
Saturday, May 20, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation

Live in joy, in love even among those who hate.
Live in joy, in health, even among those afflicted…
Free from fear and attachment, know the sweet joy of the way.

-The Buddha

Because both the popular press and meditation teachers themselves tend to emphasize the Buddha’s First Noble Truth, the truth of unsatisfactoriness or suffering, we can lose sight of the power of the Buddha’s teachings to bring contentment and freedom. The Eightfold Path is actually a path of overcoming sorrow and connecting with the possibility of a more reliable happiness. Not happiness in the sense of a fantasy life where challenges have been eliminated, or where pleasurable experiences are ever-present, but a softer, deeper happiness that arises when there is real understanding about how to live in harmony with the way things are. Suffering may be abundant in this world, but unhappiness is not inevitable.

The Buddhist teacher B. Alan Wallace talks about human flourishing consisting of a meaningful life where one lives ethically, there is a felt sense of well-being, one undertakes a pursuit of truth and clarity, and there is engagement in a life of service. These components of flourishing are not available only to a select few, but are all things that can be cultivated and learned. Still, happiness is not esoteric or something that is easy to acquire or manufacture without sincere intention and skillful effort. In this daylong retreat, we will identify and practice some of the key ingredients to harvesting happiness in our lives.

“To know how to be satisfied is to hold a treasure in the palm of one’s hand.” --Tibetan proverb



One day retreat
Faith, Hope, and Patience as a Practice and Blessing
Arinna Weisman
Saturday, June 3, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Suggested contribution: $25-40 registration + teacher donation

There is never a time when the blessings of patience, faith and hope don’t bring us strength to live in well being. And now is an especially good time.

Patience is part of the ten perfections of the mind and offers strength and refuge to tolerate difficulties, and unwholesome states such as anger and hatred. Faith is the forerunner of all the wholesome or beautiful qualities of the mind. Its characteristic is to trust and its function is to settle and clarify “the murky waters of the mind”. It gives us confidence to turn towards challenges and brings along other beautiful qualities to heal our hearts and to offer that healing to the world. We will open to the challenges we face and cultivate faith and patience to bring balance, clarity and hope into our lives.

This day is especially welcome to the gender fluid, LGBT, people of color and disability community.



Half day retreat
Befriending Death, Embracing Life
David Chernikoff
Tuesday, June 20, 9:00am - 12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-25 registration + teacher donation
“Of all the footprints,” said the Buddha, “that of the elephant is supreme. Similarly, of all mindfulness meditation, that on death is supreme.” At first glance, the Buddhist practice of maranasati, death awareness, may appear to be grim and unsettling. For many of us who have been raised in a death denying culture, this is not surprising. At the same time, when wisely understood, the practice of death awareness has the power to awaken in us a felt experience of the preciousness and mystery of this amazing human life. This talk is an invitation to wake up and celebrate the “laughter of the wise.”


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Registration Procedure

Pre-registration is required for all retreats. One week before the retreat, if there are too few pre-registrants, the retreat may be cancelled at the discretion of the teacher. Unless otherwise stated, over-enrolled retreats are first-come, first-served. A note will be placed on the website soon after the retreat 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. Copies of the form are also available at InsightPV. Please complete the form and mail it with your Donation for Registration to InsightPV at the address provided. You may also bring the form with your Donation for Registration to InsightPV if you come to another offering before registration closes.

If you are interested in taking the course/retreat 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 retreat in order to get settled and ready to start.

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.

Lunch
For one-day retreats, it is recommended that you bring a bag lunch so that your retreat is not disrupted. If you cannot bring your lunch, listed below are some restaurants in Easthampton:

Riff's Joint– counter service, eat-in high quality casual food (not a bar, in spite of the name) located right below the Center on the first floor of Eastworks
The Silver Spoon restaurant – traditional American food
Easthampton Diner – traditional diner food
Big E's Supermarket – ready-made and made-to-order sandwiches, hot soups and deli items

Cancellations for Retreats
If there is a question about snow or other weather-related cancellations, please call Insight PV at 413-527-0388 after 6:30 am and select the cancellation mailbox.