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  Classes with Mark Hart

Mark Hart has practiced Insight Meditation since 1981, studying primarily at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA.  Since 2000 has also studied with teachers of non-dual awareness, including Adyashanti, and has incorporated that into his teaching.  He is guiding teacher of the Bodhisara Dharma Community  in Amherst, Massachusetts, on the teacher’s council at Insight Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, and adjunct religious advisor to Buddhist students at Amherst College. He holds a Ph.D in theology from Boston College, an MA in Counseling from Seattle University, and has a private practice of psychotherapy in Amherst.

Sunday Morning Sitting Group
Each meeting of the Sunday Morning Sitting Group includes 45 minutes of sitting and 45 minutes of conversation in which we share, in a context of spiritual friendship, our own exploration of truth and freedom in our lives. Not a teacher-led group.  Please arrive on time and leave promptly as a courtesy to the group and the host. The group usually meets on Sundays 10:00-11:30 a.m.  The current group in Montague/North Leverett is thriving and full, unable to bring in new people.  You can signal your interest in joining by emailing Micky at and you will be put on a waiting list.  Meanwhile we are looking for someone or two people who would be interested in hosting a new group in their home in Amherst or other nearby town. Contact Mark at if you are interested in hosting a group. 

Tuesday Evening Mediation Courses

Registration Form: If you are taking any of the Tuesday evening courses, please fill out the Registration form by clicking on this link.  Payment information is included in the form.

Resting in Being

Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
March 20-May 15 (no class May 8)
The Cadigan Center, Amherst College
Suggested Donation: $100

This 8-week meditation course explores how to step back from the compulsive need to do, to fix and control, and to rest instead in being, allowing experience to unfold. As a part of that, we will explore how to first feel the body and rest in the senses and then ground the mind in the formless space of awareness in which the body appears.  Each class will include 30-40 minutes of meditation.  Students will get the most out of the class who commit themselves to a daily practice of meditation during the series.

Finding Grace

Tuesday evenings 7:30-9 PM
May 22-June 26
Cadigan Center, 38 Woodside Ave in Amherst
Suggested donation: $75

Grace is not a typical word in Buddhist practice, where effort is more commonly emphasized.  In this course we will look at the role trusting and allowing have in the practice and how to negotiate the dark and blind passages of life.  Each class will include 30 minutes of meditation and students will get the most out of the class who commit themselves to daily meditation during the series.
Google Map Direction to Cadigan Center
Written directions below

Directions to the Cadigan Center for Religious Studies, Amherst College
  The Cadigan Center, 38 Woodside Avenue, Amherst is not on the main part of the campus but west of Route 116/South Pleasant Street by one block. Starting from the traffic light at the intersection of Route 9 and South Pleasant street by the Amherst Common, go west on Route 9 (toward Hadley and Northampton) and take the first left. Go down to the end of the block and the Cadigan Center is on your left just before you come to the intersection with Walnut Street. Coming from Hadley on Route 9 go past the Amherst College fields coming up the hill toward the common. Woodside is the right turn after Orchard St. the last right before the traffic light.

There is no parking on Woodside until you drive past the intersection with Walnut street. So don't park on the street in front of Cadigan. Keep going to park on the street. You may park at the Cadigan Center off the street, either in the circular driveway or on the side. Parking will take a little getting used to but there is plenty. It is also a brief walk from downtown.




Saturday, March 21, 2018
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Society
405 Washington Av., Albany, NY

Set aside this Saturday in early spring to drop into presence, invite joy and treat with kindness those sore spots in yourself you might encounter. This retreat devotes a day to communal silence, meditation, and mindfulness with instruction and dialogue to promote renewal at this turning of the season.  Cost: $20 plus teacher dana for Mark. To register: email or call 518-463-7135.

Movie Night

Date in February or March TBA
6 PM Potluck, 7:30-ish movie

Bodhisara sponsors a movie night 2 or 3 times per year of some movie of relevance to Buddhism or the Dharma that begins with a potluck supper and is followed by a discussion for those who can stay.  These are normally held at the home of Olivia Bernard in Leverett.   The title of the next movie has not been determined, but will be announce by Mark’s email list.  You can always check the web site, for dates, titles, and directions.