The study center in Barre offers a variety of programs from two resident scholars and a wide range of visiting faculty. A rich diversity of topics are covered for those interested in the Buddhist tradition and meditation practice. Programs range from one-day and weekend offerings, to five or seven days; some are as long as two weeks. Special programs include:
As people reach retirement age, they have an opportunity to confront existential issues in altogether new ways. Can the Buddha’s insights into the human condition be expressed and understood in ways that help guide and support people in the latter phases of their life?
The BCBS GOING FORTH program is intended to create and sustain a virtual community that inspires the daily practice and guides the ethical living of a far-flung network of Buddhist practitioners who are retired or close to retirement. Building upon the ancient Indian paradigm of this being a precious opportunity for personal growth, we use the classical teachings from the Pali texts as primary source material for regular personal reflection, and then encourage a series of conversations between participants, both online and in person.
The Going Forth program has five basic components:
This link will download the first month’s study materials as a sample of the program:
We are asking for a one-time registration donation of $100 to demonstrate commitment and to help cover development costs, but once enrolled all materials and services are freely offered. (If this level of donation is difficult for you, you may offer less.)
The Forum for the virtual community will be moderated, and participants agree to follow simple protocols of respect and decorum.
Here is an outline of the Going Forth online forum protocols.
WE URGE YOU TO READ THE BRIEF DOCUMENTS LINKED ABOVE BEFORE REGISTERING. It is important that all participants understand the commitments and guidelines of the virtual community to ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all.
The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies offers one-year programs that seek to integrate meditation practice with the study of Buddhist thought. The programs provide experienced dharma students with the opportunity to delve more deeply into the meaning and significance of the Buddha’s teachings, and to creatively explore the relationship of these teachings to meditation practice. These programs are generally designed for students with an established vipassana meditation practice.
The programs are led by Andrew Olendzki, Executive Director and Senior Scholar at BCBS, and Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia, an experienced dharma teacher and member of BCBS’ core faculty.
Admission to the ISPP is by application only. The current program, which runs September 2013 to September 2014, is full. The next ISPP program would begin in 2015. Please check back toward the end of 2014 for an update.
The Self-Study Program is for experienced students who may be looking for a quiet place to investigate the Buddhist tradition on their own through the integration of study and practice. We welcome scholars to come and experience the benefits of a contemplative environment for their work, and we invite meditators to explore the benefits of the academic inquiry into the Buddhist tradition. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks in advance, and space is only available when courses are not in session.
For more information, contact email@example.com about available times.
The Bhavana Program is a unique form of study and practice that integrates daily morning periods of textual study into an otherwise silent vipassana retreat schedule of sitting and walking meditation. A dharma talk is given each evening which relates the textual study to experiential practice, and interviews with the meditation teacher are also scheduled.
For a list of upcoming courses, click here and select “Bhavana Study-Retreats” from the “filter courses” drop-down box.
The Buddhist Psychology Program investigates in depth the early Buddhist science of mind growing out of its profound contemplative practices, and explores the growing interface between Buddhist thought and modern psychology. Through an affiliation with the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy, CE credits are available for most mental health and other professionals.
For a list of upcoming courses, click here and select “Psychology Courses” from the “filter courses” drop-down box.