Special Programs

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:

Integrated Study and Practice Program (ISPP)

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.

We will not be offering the ISPP in 2015. We do hope it will be back on the schedule in future years, and will make an announcement once we know more. We thank you for your patience.


Self-Study Program

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 bcbs@dharma.org about available times.

Here is the self-study application form.

Bhavana Program

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. Look for courses with “Bhavana Program” in the title.


Buddhist Psychology Program

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.