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Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley

EASTWORKS Building 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242 Easthampton, MA 01027 (413) 527-0388 www.insightpv.org general@insightpv.org

Guiding Teacher: Rebecca Bradshaw

Board of Directors

Andrew Berger

Rebecca Bradshaw

Jessica Murphy

Barbara Quinn

Tomasin Seabright

Kim Weeber

Assistant Director Ann Lewis

Director Tomasin Seabright

Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley is a non-residential urban center. Its mission is to offer the Buddha’s teachings of liberation to all who are interest- ed, to nurture the development of generosity, and to bring compassion and wisdom into our daily lives.

Insight PV welcomes all people regardless of cultural or religious background, race, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, or physical ability.

gender identity, age, education, or physical ability. Classes, Retreats & Events Registration : Please

Classes, Retreats & Events

Registration: Please register in person for classes and re- treats by arriving 15 minutes early. Pre-registration is not needed except where specified.

Teacher Dana: Teachers and community dharma leaders at our Center are not paid for leading classes and re- treats. The suggested contributions for classes help us pay the Center’s rent, phone, and administrative expenses. At the end of classes and retreats, you are invited to practice generosity (Dana) by making a gift in support of the teacher’s livelihood.

For more information and details on our offerings, please visit our website at www.insightpv.org.

Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley

www.insightpv.org

Summer/Fall 2011

Center of Pioneer Valley www.insightpv.org Summer/Fall 2011 Sittings  Evening Classes Retreats  Study

Sittings Evening Classes Retreats Study Groups Special Events

Sittings

Sittings are appropriate for all levels. There is no set fee, but an opportunity to contribute Dana to the Center.

Weekly Open Sittings

Mondays 5:30 - 6:45 pm Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:45 pm

Sit together with other sangha members in a relaxed at- mosphere. A silent meditation period of 45 minutes is followed by an optional discussion facilitated by a teach- er or practice leader. Meditation guidance available upon

request. Cushions, chairs and benches provided.

Young Adult* Sittings

2nd Thursdays, July 21 & Aug 18, more dates TBD 7 - 8:30 pm

Guided practice followed by group discussion led by fel- low young adults. No experience necessary, all are wel- come! For schedule, questions or a ride, contact Hanu- man Goleman at Bornlaughing@gmail.com.

* (for those 18 years old to mid 30’s)

Half-Day Open Sittings

Monthly on Saturday mornings, 8:30 am - noon August 13, September 17, October 8, November 5 & December 10

Half-day open sittings led by practice leaders provide an opportunity for more intensive practice without commit- ting to an entire day. All levels of experience welcome; you may drop in at any time during the morning. Sittings may include meditation instructions and a taped talk.

No set fee; opportunity for Dana.

Teacher Dana (Generosity) In the Insight Meditation tradition, teachers offer their time and wisdom at
Teacher Dana (Generosity)
In the Insight Meditation tradition, teachers offer
their time and wisdom at no fee for the benefit of
all who seek the teachings of the Dharma. As you
are able, please enter the circle of generosity by
offering teachers a contribution to make their
ongoing teaching possible, and to support their
livelihoods.

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WHAT THE BUDDHA TAUGHT:

A TEN-MONTH PRACTICE GROUP

Rebecca Bradshaw & Mark Hart

Thursdays: Sept 22, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15,

Jan 19, Feb 16,

Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17 & June 21

7:15 - 9 pm Suggested Contribution: $70 - 100 plus Teacher Dana

We will study the elements of traditional Theravadan Buddhist practice. Readings will be assigned; please buy the following books before the group starts: Eight Mind- ful Steps to Happiness by Bhante Gunaratana and The Foundations of Buddhism by Rupert Gethin.

and The Foundations of Buddhism by Rupert Gethin. Special Events See www.insightpv.org for full details SHARON

Special Events

See www.insightpv.org for full details

SHARON SALZBERG REAL HAPPINESS

Saturday afternoon, October 29, 3:30 pm Grace Church on Amherst Common, 14 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA Suggested contribution: $7 - $20

Sharon Salzberg will discuss her new book which explores how we can live in a steady and open state of happiness, independent of our daily lives’ changing circumstances.

SOLSTICE GATHERING AND CONCERT

Heather Maloney

Wednesday, December 21, 7 - 9 pm

Join us for a sangha gathering including sitting, snacks and a concert with singer/songwriter Heather Maloney.

NEW YEAR’S DAY RETREAT & POTLUCK

Rebecca Bradshaw

Sunday, January 1, 2012 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Suggested contribution: $10 – $25 plus Teacher Dana

Morning silent sitting and walking meditation, a commu- nity lunch, and an exploration of mindfulness in our lives. Please bring a dish to share, and bring a friend!

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Evening Classes

7:15 - 9 pm unless otherwise noted

BRINGING OUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE HOME:

A COURSE FOR COUPLES

Jean Esther

Tuesdays, Sept 6, Oct 25, Nov 15 & Dec 6 Suggested contribution: $28 - 40 plus Teacher Dana

In addition to formal practice, this 4-session course will explore in light of the Buddha's teachings how spiritual teachings and practices can deepen the quality of our most intimate relationships, and what gets in the way.

This class will build upon the couples class held this past Spring and is open to new couples as well.

BE HERE NOW

Kim Weeber

Mondays, September 12 & 19 Suggested contribution: $14 - 20 plus Teacher Dana

In this two-week class on Buddha’s teachings on mindful- ness, we will learn and practice a number of meditation techniques. There will be meditation instruction, discus- sion, movement practice, and suggestions for applying the practice into our daily lives.

BEGINNING MEDITATION:

BRINGING MINDFULNESS PRACTICE TO LIFE

Peggy Gillespie

Tuesdays, September 20 - October 4 Suggested contribution: $21 - 30 plus Teacher Dana

This class offers supportive guidance to mindfulness medi- tation, including guided meditations, discussions, and suggestions for home practice. You’ll learn the fundamen- tals of mindful breathing, mindful movement and how to bring this transformative practice into your daily life.

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LIVING GRACEFULLY WITH CHANGE

Rebecca Bradshaw

Mondays, September 26 - October 17 Suggested contribution: $28 - 40 plus Teacher Dana

“Change is the only constant,” the Buddha taught; one truth we need to know deeply to live peacefully. This class is dedicated to understanding and living the full im- plications of impermanence, cultivating an ability to flow with the river of life with greater ease and openness.

COMING HOME TO THE BODY:

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION & YIN YOGA FOR WOMEN

Jean Esther and Lynn Kingston

Mondays, October 24 - November 14 Suggested contribution: $28 - 40 plus Teacher Dana

In our culture, the mind and body are often experienced as split. This class brings mind and body practices togeth- er, including sitting meditation, guided yoga practice, Buddhist teachings, and group discussion. No previous experience necessary.

Please pre-register at 413-586-3383 as class size will be limited. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

ASTONISHMENT:

LIVING IN THE MYSTERY

Mark Hart

Mondays, November 21 - December 12 Suggested contribution: $28 - 40 plus Teacher Dana

Awareness has the power to release us from our expecta- tions, habits, and anxiety about an imagined future so that we encounter each moment afresh. This class will explore the possibility of living astonished by the mystery of each moment, discovering the abiding capacity for wonder. Each class will include a 30-minute meditation.

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Retreats

Unless otherwise noted, retreats are

9:30 am - 4:30 pm, with a

Suggested contribution: $20 - 35 plus Teacher Dana

ANXIETY, TRAUMA AND MINDFULNESS

Amita Schmidt

Sunday, July 24

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Suggested Contribution: $10 - 15 plus Teacher Dana

This half-day retreat/workshop will offer some useful meditative tools to help manage worry, fear, anxiety, and unresolved trauma issues for yourself or others.

AN ARROW EMBEDDED IN THE HEART

Jesse Vega-Frey

Saturday, August 6

We will take stock of the mental habit of projecting our greed, hatred and delusion outside rather than seeing their roots in our own afflicted hearts. Through loving- kindness and mindfulness, we will build skills to attend to our own process of "open-hearted" surgery.”

BEGINNERS’ DAY

Kim Weeber & Darla Martin

Saturday, September 24

This one-day class will cover basic meditation techniques, including sitting and walking meditation, with meditation instruction, discussion, guided movement, and sugges- tions for practice in daily life. Please bring a bag lunch.

KINDNESS: A PRACTICE OF GENEROSITY TO YOURSELF & OTHERS

Peggy Gillespie

Saturday, October 29 9:30 - 1:30 pm Suggested contribution: $10 - 15 plus Teacher Dana

The Dalai Lama said, "Kindness is my only religion." This half-day retreat will explore ways of cultivating kindness towards oneself and others. We will talk about how to keep kindness as an anchor as we live with the constantly changing flow of joys and sorrows. Bring a light lunch.

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DANCING WITH DHARMA:

MINDFUL MOVEMENT, SACRED DANCE

Harrison Blum

Karuna Center, Northampton Sunday, November 13, 1 - 5 pm Suggested contribution: $25 - 35 plus Teacher Dana

Join us as we engage the dancing body as a support for Dharmic practice. This half-day workshop will include seated meditation, sharing, hip-hop warm-ups, creative movement, and a Dharma-themed improv dance jam.

INVITING EQUANIMITY

Adi Bemak

Saturday, November 19 Suggested contribution: $20 – $30 plus Teacher Dana

Have you ever found yourself wanting things to be dif- ferent? We will sit, walk, and talk, exploring equanimity practice and how the Buddha’s teachings strengthen our capacity to rest in the middle of life’s storms.

RESTING IN AWARENESS

Chas DiCapua

Sunday, December 4 Suggested contribution: $20 – $30 plus Teacher Dana

When we meditate, we are mostly concerned with the objects of awareness: the sensations of the breath and body, sounds, thoughts and emotions. In this retreat, we will take awareness itself as the object of our meditation.

NON-RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND RETREAT

Rebecca Bradshaw & Mark Hart

Friday, Sept 30 to Sunday, Oct 2 Friday 7-9 pm, Sat 9 am-9 pm, Sun 9 am-12:30 pm Suggested contribution: $40 - 80 plus Teacher Dana

Join Rebecca and Mark in our own Insight PV space for a non-residential retreat weekend dedicated to opening to our experience, whatever it may be, from a place of clar- ity, kindness, and curiosity. Register online at www.insightpv.org, or send your name, address, email

of $20 (non-

refundable) to Insight PV. We will respond with confir-

mation.

and phone number, plus a deposit

Bring

lunch for Saturday,

dinner

provided.

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