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.)
Registration will close at 12:00 pm on Friday, June 16th. Walk-in registrations will not be available. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Masks will be optional.
As with all other things in this world, freedom of heart and mind occurs when the conditions that are favorable for such freedom are present. In our practice on and off the cushion, moment by moment, our work is to cultivate and strengthen these conditions. When we develop the Seven Factors of Awakening -- mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity – we are doing just this.
During our day together, we will explore each of these seven factors individually, learning how they balance one another and support freedom of heart and mind. We will experience and practice the correct effort that is needed to cultivate each of them. And we will look at their place within the larger body of Buddhist teachings.
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.
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.