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Eastworks, 2nd Floor
116 Pleasant Street
Suite 242
Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
413-527-0388
general@insightpv.org
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Drop-In Sittings

The drop-in sittings are an opportunity to support your practice and sit together with other sangha members in a relaxed atmosphere.

Monday and Wednesday drop-in sittings are appropriate for all levels. No need to attend orientation first. The Friday drop-in is recommended for students with some experience because there is no practice leader.

Mondays: Sitting 5:30 - 6:15 pm, discussion 6:15 - 6:45 pm 
Wednesdays: Sitting 7:00 - 7:30 pm, dharma talk 7:35 - 8:30 pm
Fridays: Unguided sitting 5:45-6:30 pm

On Wednesdays, the sitting is followed by a dharma talk by an IPV or guest teacher. Click here for Wednesday Dharma Talk Schedule. If no teacher is available, or the talk takes place on a day other than Wednesday, there will be a regular open sitting led by a practice leader with a discussion afterwards.

On Mondays, there is an optional discussion time for those who would like to participate. A teacher or practice leader will be present to facilitate the evening. (Once every other month, the dharma discussion is replaced by a newcomer orientation as discussed below.)

On Fridays, there is no practice leader and no formal discussion.

There is no fixed fee for the Monday and Friday sittings, but an opportunity to practice dana, or giving, to the Center. On Wednesdays, the suggestion contribution is $7-25 which is split 60/40 between the teacher and the center.


Orientations

Orientations are on the first Monday of every other month and begin with the open sitting at 5:30pm.

Upcoming dates: Feb 5, Apr 2, Jun 4, Aug 6, Oct 1, Dec 3, 2018

The orientation will give you guidance for the silent meditation at the beginning, then provide an overview of Insight PV history, mission, and guiding principles, as well as the basics of insight meditation and sitting posture.

You do not need to attend an Orientation before participating in other events. Feel free to attend any Monday or Wednesday open sitting or many of our retreats or courses (many are labeled "suitable for beginners" or "suitable for all levels"). When you're ready you can then supplement your learning with an Orientation.


Accessibility
In the interest of making our Center accessible to all, we ask that you refrain from using scented body products. The Center is also wheelchair accessible (closest elevator is at the West entrance).

Practice Leaders
Rebecca Bradshaw • Adi Bemak • Jen Cannon • Candace Cassin • Jenn Delozier • Jean Esther • Hal Fales • Ruth Folchman • Peggy Gillespie • Rick Hart • Philip Murphy • Catherine Nagel • Leslie Smith-Frank • Melissa Tefft • Kim Weeber

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Parent Meditation Group
meditation followed by open discussion
First and Third Sundays: 6:00pm-7:15pm
Note: To make space for Passover and Easter, we have rescheduled the next sitting of the Parent Meditation Group from April 1 to April 8.
Jan 7 & 21, Feb 4 & 18, Mar 4 & 18, Apr 8 & 15, May 6 & 20, Jun 3 & 17, 2018.

Suggestion donation $5-10 each meeting

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People of Color Sitting
No dates currently scheduled

This sitting has been temporarily suspended while we work on other options. Please contact Joyce if you are interesting in helping to plan our next steps.

Insight PV offers a special sitting for people of color. The meditation and discussion will be peer-led. Please join us if identify as a person of color, and please spread the word to your POC friends and acquaintances to help build and diversify our community.



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NOW TWICE/MONTH
Young Adult Sitting
For those 18 years old to mid 30's
First and Third Thursdays; 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Jan 4 & 18, Feb 1 & 15, Mar 1 & 15, Apr 5 & 12, May 3 & 17, Jun 7 & 21, 2018

Guided practice led by an IPV teacher or practice leader followed by a group discussion led by fellow young adults. No experience necessary, all are welcome! For questions, contact Michael Root at rootm0525@gmail.com

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Refuge and Resistance
First Sundays; 1:00 - 3:00 pm no longer third Sundays
January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, 2018.

A group that sits together, engages with readings, talks, etc. on the subject of engaged Buddhism, and creates a space for an engaged Buddhist practice. Occasionally the third Sunday meeting will occur somewhere other than InsightPV. Location changes will be announced on the InsightPV home page at least one week prior.

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Refuge Recovery
Opportunity to practice dana (generosity)
Fridays; 7:00 - 8:00pm
No sitting on January 19, 2018
Refuge Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of Mindfulness, Compassion, Forgiveness and Generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in their lives and/or the lives of loved ones. No prior experience with meditation required.

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IPV is proud to host this new offering:
Dharma Punx
Saturdays; 6:00-8:00pm
Beginning Saturday, February 10, 2018; 6:00 - 8:00pm (CORRECTED TIME)
Against the Stream founder Noah Levine created peer-led-format meditation groups that use the same name as his memoir, Dharma Punx. Each meeting is totally grass-roots, peer-led and facilitated, and consists of a community-building exercise, guided or sometimes silent meditation, followed by a Dhamma-talk or discussion, utilizing material put together by the facilitator or reference material such as Dhamma books. All are welcome.

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Sit and Knit or Not
Drop-in Practice Group
Thursdays: 10:15am - 12:00pm
No dates currently scheduled.

This monthly drop-in session is for practitioners who would like focused practice support time with other sangha members. We will begin with a 30-minute sitting, followed by a brief check-in with participants, and a topical discussion. Knitting and other contemplative handwork* welcome, but not required. (*Handwork should be quiet, allow you to listen and participate, and not be distracting to others.)

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Cancellations for Drop-In Sittings

If there is a question about snow or other weather-related cancellations, please call Insight PV at 413-527-0388 after 3:00 pm and select the cancellation mailbox.