WEEKLY STUDY AND PRACTICE GROUP
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 2018 Retreat
Practice For Challenging Times
Vipassana Meditation Retreat with Chas DiCapua
1 pm Friday – 12 pm Sunday, OCTOBER 26 – 28, 2018
Location: High Reach Farm, Danville, Vermont
We live in challenging times. The onslaught of information about the difficulties in our world can leave us reeling, numb, over stimulated, or some combination of. In turn, our nervous systems can be on a constant state of arousal or shut down. Both of which are not helpful.
The social and political landscape of our society/world is becoming increasingly polarized which can support views of us and them and good and bad. It can be so easy to be lulled into the belief that people who hold opposing views to ours are inherently wrong and/or bad.
During this retreat we will practice Body Based Tranquility practice to help calm and regulate our nervous systems. We will also practice Loving Kindness to counteract the tendency of other making, and the aversion and hatred that can come with that. These two practices will not only allow us to cultivate a sense of ease, allowing us to rest during the retreat, but will also give us the tools with which to engage our world while staying balanced in heart and mind.
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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.