Wellspring Insight Meditation Community
The Wellspring Insight Meditation Community is dedicated to cultivating ways to awaken the heart and mind, and free ourselves and society from suffering. Through the study and practice of Buddhist teachings informed by Western psychology, we offer guidance in mindful attention to our inner life and a full, compassionate engagement with our world.
We are a peer-led group guided by long-time Buddhist practitioner and psychologist Maggie McGuire, Ph.D. We have been offering meditation courses since 1995.
WEEKLY STUDY AND PRACTICE GROUP
Currently one of our members, Beracah Sullivan, is hosting a weekly online meeting. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays 5:30-7 pm
Wellspring Center, 39 Church St, Hardwick, VT
A weekly course of study and practice offers instruction in meditation and reflections on the teachings of the Buddha. Guided meditations, periods of silence, teachings and group dialogue provide an environment conducive to developing wisdom and compassion within ourselves, and by extension, our community. Courses are relevant for both new and experienced meditators, with an aim toward integrating meditation into daily life. People are welcome to join us on Wednesdays without prior registration.
We periodically feature a special program of study. Please see the calendar for programs.
FEES & DONATIONS
The teachings are offered freely. Donations are accepted. By making an offering, each person joins in mutual support of our study and practice, and deepens the practice of generosity.
We occasionally offer weekend retreats with guest teachers trained in the Vipassana (Insight) tradition of Buddhism. Please see the calendar for retreat details.
FALL 2019 RETREAT
Vipassana Meditation Retreat with Chas DiCapua
1 pm Friday – 12 pm Sunday October 25-27 2019
Location: Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington VT
Metta, or loving-kindness, is the heartfelt wish for the well-being of oneself and others. It helps soften the heart, allowing us to feel empathy with the happiness and sorrow of the world.
Metta practice cultivates the innate friendliness of an open heart by inclining the heart toward expressing wholesome intentions. Recognizing and expressing goodwill may evoke feelings of love, tenderness, and warmth, or expose difficult or painful buried emotions. Allowing all these emotions to surface in their own time is one function of loving-kindness practice.
During this retreat, we deepen our understanding of how the practices of mindfulness and loving-kindness support one another. Mindfulness is the practice of being present: a quality of attention that allows present moment experience to be known without preference, without resisting or attempting to manipulate or change it. Metta practice is the caring quality of awareness: a sensitivity and warmth that allows us to respond with kindness and compassion, receptive and responsive. During the retreat, we will use both silent sitting and walking practice, Dharma talks, and small group discussion as vehicles for this exploration.
Individual meetings with the teacher and group dharma discussion will round out our exploration of what it means to practice in challenging times.
Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for over 25 years. He has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Thai Forest tradition and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chas teaches retreats at IMS, at various meditation centers throughout the country, and offers Spiritual Counseling for individuals.