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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.

Moving Toward the Light: A Meditation Retreat for the New Year

 January 5-7
The Hitchcock Center, 845 West St, Amherst
Registration $50 plus dana

The quiet time after the holiday bustle and the beginning of the New Year is an excellent time to take time out to be in silence, rest in our being, connect with our depths, and be in the company of others doing the same.  Out of this simple moment-to-moment presence with things as they are, we more easily move toward the light of truth, kindness, and skillful action, however those need to appear at this time in our lives.

Join us January 5-7 for this winter meditation retreat at the new Hitchcock Center, 845 West Street in Amherst near Hampshire College.  This non-residential retreat will take place Friday evening, 7-9 pm, Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday, 9-noon.  Registration for this retreat is now open.

Register NOW HERE and follow this link to PAY THE $50 REGITRATION FEE fee for the retreat.  The registration fee can be refunded up until December 15.

The fee covers the administrative cost of the retreat.  You are also invited to give an additional donation, or dana, for the teaching, and you may do that now online if you prefer, or wait until the time of the retreat.  Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested.  Beginners to meditation are welcome.


Sunday Morning Sitting Group

Each 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. at Micky McKinley’s home, 114 Ripley Road, Montague - but not always if she is away.  Micky can be reached at 413 367-9791 or at 

Tuesday Evening Mediation Coursese

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.

Open-Heartedness in Hard Times

Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00 
October 31 - December 19 
The Cadigan Center, Amherst College
Suggested Donation: $100

This eight-week series will explore how to discover and recover the “ground” of openness itself, a relaxed, heart-centered, and uncontrived presence amid our experiences, whatever they may be, an openness to what is as it is.  Each class will include an informal mix of instruction and discussion tailored to the current questions, difficulties, and interests of the class members as well as 30 minutes of meditation.  Students will get the most out of the class who commit themselves to a daily practice of 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.

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.