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. (Register here if you prefer to attend online.)
In-person space is limited. Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, November 3rd. Walk-in registrations will not be available. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Masks will be optional.
We all know that we are affected by the food that we take in. In many respects, we become what we consume all day long. During our waking hours, we are constantly taking in “food” through the six sense doors: what we see, hear, smell, taste, touch, and think. The important questions are: What kind of food is it? Is it nourishing, energizing, life-supporting, or not? Does it lead to our happiness, joy, and liberation, or does it lead to suffering? If we are unhappy with what we have, we need to look at what we have consumed and pay attention to the things that support our well-being.
In our day together, we will explore the Buddha’s teachings on The Four Kinds of Nutriments, including how craving is at the root of the search for nutriment. These teachings are at the heart of Early Buddhist understanding and point directly to how suffering occurs, and how it can be let go of.
This retreat will be supportive for both beginning and more experienced meditators. Our day together will include talks, sitting and walking meditation, and learning from one another. There will be time for discussion so that we can explore the unique circumstances and practice questions of as many people in the group as possible. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Note: At check-in, participants will be asked to volunteer for a short period of mindful service during the retreat—a “yogi job.” Yogi jobs enable the smooth running of the retreat and offer an opportunity to practice alongside other retreat participants.
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 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.