This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Zac Ispa-Landa in person at our Center in Cambridge. (Register here if you prefer to attend online.)
In-person space is limited. Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 28. Walk-in registrations will not be available. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Masks will be required throughout the Center, except while eating lunch.
What if the way we respond to crisis is part of the crisis?
– Bayo Akomolafe
The times are urgent; let us slow down.
– Bayo Akomolafe
In this daylong retreat, we will come together as a supportive community to immerse ourselves in ancient and contemporary Buddhist meditation practices that open us to sources of wisdom, joy, equanimity, and compassion that are larger than ourselves. As the climate crisis continues to unfold, practices that connect us to the natural clarity, stability, and spaciousness of our minds allow us to see more deeply into the nature of both suffering and freedom. What does it mean to practice awakening in this era of profound disruption? How can the practices of mindfulness meditation, lovingkindness, and other contemplative disciplines transform our experience of reality in new and liberatory ways? We will explore these questions experientially as we engage in transformative and accessible Buddhist meditative practices together.
In the midst of this rapidly escalating global ecological crisis, denial, anger, anxiety, confusion, helplessness, and numbness are common reactions. Dharma practice can provide a powerful foundation from which to discover new ways to be with the reality of climate chaos. In addition to developing our capacity to respond to uncertainty, loss, and change with wisdom and compassion, these practices can transform the external instability we face into a source of liberating insight and compassionate action.
Meditators of all identities, all ages, and all levels of experience are warmly welcomed. In our time together, we will practice sitting meditation, walking meditation, lovingkindness, and dialogue.
This program will not be recorded. Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Zac Ispa-Landa (he/him) has studied and practiced meditation for 20 years – primarily Vipassana (insight) meditation and, more recently, Vajrayana practices. His primary teacher is Lama Rod Owens and his practice is supported by a broad mix of teachings and techniques. He is particularly interested in the role contemplative practices can play in undoing systems of oppression and creating conditions for collective liberation and sustainability. He’s a Senior Lecturer at the University of Vermont, a teacher at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and works with people throughout the country as a mindfulness coach and Dharma facilitator. Zac lives in Winooski, Vermont with his partner, son, and tens of thousands of honey bees.