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

Enjoyment--A Winter Retreat

Friday 7-9 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, & Sunday 9-noon

January 6-8

The Hitchcock Center, 845 West Street in Amherst

Registration: $75, plus dana for the teaching

In this retreat we will explore enjoyment as a path of letting go--enjoyment of breathing, of the body, of experience moment-to-moment. Enjoyment differs from our more common habits of seeking pleasure or comfort or trying to engineer experience to be what we want. Enjoyment is a natural way to calm and focus the mind and heart and soften willfulness and struggle in the practice. Come and enjoy a weekend of silence, presence, and heartfelt connection with your inner and outer environment.

We are unfortunately still living in a time of COVID, as well as the usual colds and flu. In light of that we ask that anyone registered not come if they are experiencing any symptoms, even if they are testing negative for COVID. We will gladly refund your registration fee. We also ask that all those coming test themselves for COVID on Friday before coming, either with a PCR or rapid test. Masks are optional but encouraged, especially if you are unvaccinated or are immuno-compromised.

If you would like to register, please register here first, and then pay the registration fee of $75 in one of three ways: via Venmo (MARK-HART-51286, phone 5179), Zelle (through your bank with my email), or check (made out to "Bodhisara" and sent to me, 42 Graves Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373). Registration is fully refundable for any reason up until December 21.

Mark's dharma talks from courses.

"Nothing Wrong Here"