This program will be hosted both in-person and online (hybrid). This is the registration page to join Chas DiCapua in person at our Center in Cambridge.
In-person registration for this retreat is closed. Register here to attend online.
In-person space is limited. Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, March 31. Walk-in registrations will not be available. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Masks will be required throughout the Center, except while eating lunch.
Whether we suffer or not in relation to the inevitable challenges that arise in our lives has everything to do with our inner relationship with them. Buddhist teachings say that the problem is not “out there”, not if the “what”, rather it is in how we relate to things. We will use early Buddhist teachings as a foundation for exploring how conflict arises, how it can be let go of, and how conflict can often be avoided in the first place.
Of course, challenges and disputes will continue to arise in our lives, we will also spend time learning and practicing communication techniques and skills that are very helpful for navigating conflict with another person. These techniques will be presented in the large group and then practiced in small groups. At the end of our retreat day together, participants will leave with both concrete tools from ancient teachings and modern communication strategies they can bring to bear in their daily lives. With practice, we can free ourselves from suffering.
This retreat will be supportive for both beginning and more experienced meditators. Our day together will include talks, discussion, sitting and walking meditation, and learning from one another. There will be more than the usual time for group discussion so that we can explore the unique circumstances and practice questions of as many people in the group as possible. Everyone is welcome.
This program will not be recorded. Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Chas DiCapua Chas has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for over 30 years. In 2003 Chas was invited to be the Resident Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA where he continues to serve in that role. Chas is a graduate of the four-year Insight Meditation Society / Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. He is interested in how the basic material of our everyday lives, including relationships, can be used as a vehicle for awakening. Chas teaches retreats at IMS, and at centers and Sanghas throughout the country.