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Exploring Emptiness, Grounding in the Brahmavihāras
Dates: Jan 02, 2022 - Jan 08, 2022
Online Course

Instructor(s): Mary Aubry

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In this online retreat, we will ground ourselves in the Brahmavihāras of mettā, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. From this ground, we will explore the liberating qualities of Emptiness. We will draw on Buddhist teachings of Dependent Origination and Impermanence as well as our own lived experience to help us understand and feel what it might be like to navigate the world through the Middle Way teachings on Emptiness. And we will also explore Buddhist teachings on the conventional and the ultimate, and how we can live with both perspectives simultaneously. Each day we will gather together on zoom for silent sitting practice, Dharma talks, ample time for discussion, and guided embodied Brahmavihāra practice.


Online Retreat: This retreat will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. The retreat schedule below is shown in US Eastern Standard Time (EST).


Sunday, January 2

7:15 - 8:45 pm, Opening Session

Monday, January 3 – Friday, January 7 

10:00 - 11:30 am, Morning Session

1:30 - 2:15 pm, Early Afternoon Meditation

3:00 - 3:45 pm, Mid -Afternoon Meditation

4:30 - 5:15 pm, Late Afternoon Meditation

7:15 - 8:45 pm, Evening Session

Saturday, January 8

10:00 – 11:30 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 retreats 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.

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.

  • Mary Aubry leads meditation retreats on insight, the jhānas, abiding in emptiness, and the brahmavihārās.  In addition, she has taught for programs that support mindfully meeting aging, illness, and dying, as well as training meditation companions for the aging, ill, and dying and those who love and care for them.  Mary also offers meditative support to parents of deceased children, having lost her son to cancer in 2015.  Additionally, Mary is one of the facilitating teachers for Bhikkhu Anālayo’s online Satipaṭṭhāna course offered by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.  Prior to becoming a full-time meditation teacher, Mary worked as a lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department for 24 years.


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