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
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 email@example.com. 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.
Being Home: Bringing Awareness, Wisdom, and Love to Our Daily Lives
7-8:30 pm Friday, 9 am-5 pm Saturday, and 9-noon Sunday
Online through Zoom
Registration $50 plus dana, click here to register
During this period of COVID 19, we are spending more time at home--yet how present are we? This online community retreat focuses on the quality of our "being home"-- noticing whatever is true for ourselves in the moment. We will observe and explore how we relate to ourselves, to the tasks we do to live, and to those other beings--humans, animals, plants--with whom we share our living space, in order to bring greater harmony, joy, gratitude, and connection to our daily lives. Periods of sitting in meditation will be interspersed with other mindful activities, including walking, cleaning and other chores, appreciating what we have and what is in our environment, and communication with others. You will have the opportunity to receive feedback from the teacher on your experience and practice as well as hear from others about theirs. The retreat requires attendance on Zoom for certain common times together in order to hold the structure of the weekend, but includes optional times--sittings and guided movement--where you can adjust your attendance based upon your tolerance for Zoom at that moment. You may also adjust the level of silence you maintain, depending upon your context, but we will ask you to not use the phone, text, FB, email, or computer during the retreat except to attend the retreat.