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Feeding the Heart Good Food: The Brahmaviharas in Action (Online)
Dates: Jun 24, 2020 - Jun 28, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan

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Inside the chaos, build a temple of love ~Rune Lazuli

How appropriate to be focusing on this topic in the time of Corona!

A central habit of the mind is to focus on the negative, the one thing not done well, the not good enough, the disappointing interaction, the grievance. This contributes to low grade, chronic, self-created stress, to dukkha. The Buddha recommended that we learn to steer away from unwholesome mind states and cultivate wholesome ones. This was an essential aspect of his teaching, a core part of the raft which leads in the direction of less stress and more ease of wellbeing. 

During this course we will focus on creative approaches to arousing the uplifting heart qualities of the brahmaviharas: friendliness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. These are available to us when the heart is not preoccupied with stress. We will explore how these heart tones can be brought to life on and off the cushion and how their presence impacts the present moment.

This course will include a variety of guided meditations, as well as periods of standing and walking practice. There will also be teaching modules and brief dharma talks throughout, as well as small group discussions, which will occur in zoom breakout rooms.

This program is designed to be relevant for all levels of meditation experience. Please join us! 

Learning Intentions:

To utilize mindfulness and concentration practices in the service of deepening therapeutic presence; develop the skill of recognizing unwholesome mind states close to their inception; practice metta, or loving-kindness, as a means of enhancing affect tolerance; utilize compassion practices to enhance empathic attunement; learn the antidote potential of appreciative joy when working with the unwholesome mind states of envy and jealousy; and learn how to cultivate the balanced perspective of equanimity in the face of bias and judgment.

Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. When registering for an online course, please note that you should plan to commit to the course for the entire time period outlined -- beginning on the evening of the first day and ending in the morning of the final day. The schedule for this course (shown in Eastern Daylight Time) is as follows:


7:00 - 9:00 pm, Opening Session

Thursday - Saturday

8:00 - 10:00 am, Morning Session

2:00 - 4:00 pm, Afternoon Session

7:00 - 9:00 pm, Evening Session


8:00 - 10:00 am, Closing Session


CEs: The applications for 12 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers have been approved for this course. We are not able to offer CEs for Counselors (NBCC). Please contact us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org for the status of CE accreditation. Click here for more information. If applying for CEs, attendance at all sessions is required. To register for CE credit, please contact us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org no later than noon on Wednesday, June 24. Registration for CEs cannot take place after the course begins.

Course Brochure

  • 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.

  • 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.