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Enlivening Meditation with the Factors of Awakening
Dates: Mar 26, 2021 - Mar 31, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Susan Morgan, Bill Morgan

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Although essential for practice, mindfulness is not the only mental factor to be cultivated on the path. In order for the practice to become alive and vital, mindfulness needs to be placed in its wider context.

The seven factors of awakening are mental qualities to be developed and used to counteract mental states that cause suffering. There are three energizing factors: investigation, joy, and energy. And there are three calming factors: calm, concentration, and equanimity. These factors regulate and stabilize mindfulness, and mindfulness, in turn, activates and arouses these qualities. Each of these factors plays a significant role in deepening meditation practice; leaving any of them out of the picture may cause our practice to stall or stagnate. As these seven factors are enhanced and engaged, practice comes alive in a more balanced and wholehearted way.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.


Online Retreat: This retreat will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online retreats. When registering for an online retreat, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this retreat (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Friday, March 26

7:00 – 9:00 pm Opening Session


Saturday, March 27 – Tuesday, March 30

8:00 – 10:00 am Morning Session

2:00 – 4:00 pm Afternoon Session

7:00 – 9:00 pm Evening Session


Wednesday, March 31

8:00 – 10:00 am Closing Session


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.


Registration fees for online courses are nonrefundable after the course start date. Cancellations prior to the start date of the course will incur a $25 admin fee. Thank you for your understanding.


Applications for 12 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers have been submitted. We are not able to offer CE's for Counselors (NBCC). BCBS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please contact us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org for the status of CE accreditation.

  • Susan Morgan, CNS, is a psychotherapist in Cambridge, MA. She is a board and faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and contributing author to Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Susan has a longstanding meditation practice and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge. She has been leading retreats, primarily for caregivers, for the last 15 years. Lovingkindness and mindfulness of the body are integral to her teaching.

  • Bill Morgan, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. He has participated in many intensive retreats in meditation practice over the past 40 years and recently completed a four-year meditation retreat at the Forest Refuge in Barre, MA. Together with Susan Morgan, he has been leading mindfulness retreats for 15 years.


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