This program will be held in person at our center in Cambridge with CIMC’s Covid protocols in place (see below). Registration is limited to 48 participants and will close at 4:00pm on Thursday, September 8. Late and walk-in registration will not be available.
It is rare that men intentionally get together around things other than sports or projects. Just the fact that men would gather with the intention to explore themselves and their relationship to the world is something wondrous.
As men, when we look closely at ourselves and how we are in the world, our place in the patriarchal landscape can begin to become clear. An essential part of our Dharma practice is seeing clearly into and coming to terms with this particular form of suffering. We explore, we ask ourselves, “How do we stop inadvertently causing harm in this world?” In our Dharma practice, we also explore the unique gifts that we, as men, can bring to this world. What is just on the other side of the toxic masculine? How can that energy be transformed and used to support, inspire, love, and connect?
This retreat invites people across the gender spectrum who identify as men to spend a day together practicing, sharing wisdom, and offering mutual support. We will use meditation, contemplative inquiry, and the teaching of the Dharma to strengthen compassion, sharpen investigation, and build community. The schedule will include several periods of silent sitting meditation and walking meditation to support this exploration.
Full and partial scholarships are available.
CIMC’s Covid protocols:
- All participants must be fully vaccinated and document their Covid vaccination status via CrowdPass prior to arrival. You will be required to do so upon registration for the program.
- Masks may be required for this program. A decision on masking requirements will be communicated to all registrants two weeks prior to the program.
Chas DiCapua 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 (IMS) in Barre, MA where he continues to serve in that role. Chas is a CIMC Teacher, and a graduate of the four-year IMS/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.