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 to the host. The group usually meets on Sundays 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Robin Kassis’s home in North Amherst—but not always, if she is away. If you are interested in attending, please contact Robin beforehand to be certain of the venue and to ask if there is currently space in the group. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday Evening Meditation Courses
Registration Form: If you are taking any of the Tuesday evening courses, please contact Mark at email@example.com.
Prajña: The Wisdom of the Heart
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
November 10-December 22
online through Zoom
Suggested donation: $90
The spiritual path contained in the Dharma is meant to lead ultimately to wisdom, called prajña in Sanskrit, or pañña in Pali. "Wisdom" here refers to a different type of intelligence than the conventional form that operates through conceptual understanding and thought. It refers to a contemplative intelligence, rooted in seeing deeply into the nature of things, and supplies the basis for skill in various aspects of life. This seven-week series explores how to access that intelligence, as well as its relationship to human integrity and meditative practices. In referring to it as the "heart intelligence," I do not mean to associate it with sentimental or emotional dimensions of the heart, but to the "heart" qualities of connectedness and non-separation. Each class will include 30 minutes of guided meditation as well as teaching, discussion, and inquiry. Students will benefit most from the course by meditating daily throughout the course.
Mark's dharma talks from courses.
"Nothing Wrong Here"
If you'd like to register for the course, send me a reply to this email and then send the course fee of $75 though Zelle to firstname.lastname@example.org. Most of you figured out how to do that successfully. If you want to send a paper check instead, you can mail that to Bodhisara, c/o Mark Hart, 42 Graves Street, South Deerfield, MA 010373. If you are in hard times financially, scholarships are available and you can also pay it back sometime in the future when you are employed. Just let me know that you need that via email. At some point closer to the course I will send everyone registered a Zoom link to attend the class.