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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 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 

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.  


Tuesday Evening Mediation Course

Mind: A user's Manual
A (Re-) Introduction to Meditation 
Tuesdays 7:30-9:00 p.m.
September 12 - October 24 ( no class 10/3)
Cadigan Center, Amherst College
Suggested Donation: $75

 Explore the terrain of your own thoughts and mental states and learn what meditation offers to skillfully live within them. This six-week series presents both a basic introduction to insight meditation and fundamental Buddhist psychology.  It is suitable for beginners and those already familiar with the practice. Each class includes an informal mix of instruction and discussion tailored to the current questions, difficulties, and interests of the class members as well as 20-30 minutes of guided meditation practice. Both formal meditation and the integration of awareness into daily life are emphasized in the class and awareness homework during the week is sometimes given.  Students who will gain the most benefit from the class are those who attend all classes and commit themselves to practicing meditation for at least 20 minutes daily.

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.

Being with (your) Nature Rising: A Meditation and Hiking Retreat to the Top of Mount Mansfield
Retreat registration form
Friday evening, October 6 - Sunday morning, October 8
staying at Underhill State Park, Mount Mansfield, VT
Cost:$95 pluse dana for teacher, Mark Hart

Many of us are familiar with the typical retreat format of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation.  On this retreat, “walking meditation” will be a little bit different.   Instead of walking back and forth on a 20 foot line in a meditation hall or on a grassy path, our ‘walking meditation’ will take us to the top of one of Vermont’s most beautiful mountains.

We will maintain the traditional 45 minute alternating sitting-walking schedule with a mid-day silent lunch period which for most retreaters will be at the top of the mountain.  Every 45 minutes, you will hear a ‘conch horn’ mark the transition to the next meditation period and you will either sit wherever you happen to be on the mountain-side or you will silently continue your trek (at your own pace) toward the top of the mountain. By Saturday dinner, people will have been to the summit and returned. This will be a ‘silent retreat’ (accept during group meetings) Saturday AM through Sunday AM.

If interested, or to register, please contact Peter Corbett at or call him at 413 695-7096.

 Movie Night 
Date in October or November 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.  

  Ahimsa Climate Group

This group explores together how to live an ethic of non-harm in an era of climate change.  Most members are in other activist climate groups, so the focus of this group is less upon action and more upon support and reflection, specifically upon the doing the spiritual work climate change requires.  The group meets 7-9 pm, generally on the first Sunday of the month.  If you are interested, contact Mark Hart at to be put on the email list.