Courses and Events

Sunday Morning Setting Group| Tuesday Evening Courses|Meditation Retreat
Non-Bodhisara Teaching| Movie Night| Climate Change Group 

  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 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.  We meet on Sundays 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Micky McKinley’s home, 114 Ripley Road, Montague.  Please arrive on time and leave promptly as a courtesy to the group and to the host.  Micky can be reached at 413 367-9791 or at mickymck22@gmail.com

Tuesday Evening Mediation Course

Living with Faith 
Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 p.m.
May 16 & 23, June 6, 20, & 27
Cadigan Center, Amherst College
Suggested Donation: $65


 
Faith, as I mean it here, is not “belief” in an external authority, e.g. an institution or scripture, or in a set of concepts or principles but an experience of living with trust that arises with a deeper attunement and connection with our being. Intuition and the felt-sense of rightness supersede knowledge here.  This five-week course explores how to move through life with faith grounded in being, not ideas. 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.

 

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.



The Back of the Heart--a 1/2 day meditation retreat

Mark Hart
At Insight Pioneer Valley, Eastworks, Easthampton
Saturday, April 1, 9:00am-12:30pm
Suggested contribution: $15-25 registration + teacher donation (register here)
This half-day retreat will focus on bringing energy down from the head and our identification with thinking into the heart center and learning to rest in the back of the heart, a place less confused with the emotional issues and affection for particular others with which the front-heart is preoccupied, and a place with easier access to resting in Awareness itself, the ground of the mind.

Non-Bodhisara Teaching by Mark Hart

At Insight Pioneer Valley Eastworks, Easthampton

Half-day meditation retreat on Saturday, April 29, 9:00-12:30 pm, "The Back of the Heart." This retreat will focus on bringing energy down from the head and our identification with thinking into the heart center and learning to rest in the back of the heart, a place less confused with the emotional issues and affection for particular individuals then the front of the heart, and a place with easier access to resting in Awareness itself, the ground of the mind. Register at www.insightpv.org. $15-25 plus teacher donation. 

 Movie Night 

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, www.bodhisara.org for dates, titles, and directions.  

Climate Change Focus Group

Bodhisara is starting a climate action focus group sometime in January 2017 and is looking for people interested in joining. The initial focus of the group will be to examine how to live the Buddhist ethic of interdependence and on-harm (ahimsa) in an era of climate change, of finding how our human needs can come back into balance with the needs of the environment. We will be looking at this personally in terms of its impact on own lives and changes we are personally willing to make, as well as what we might be encouraging in others of advocating politically. Later we may all do a project of some sort, to be determined collectively. Meeting times will be determined once those interested have responded. Email Mark at markdart56@gmail.com if you are interested in joining.