Loading Events

« All Courses

Sustainable Compassion for Climate and Social Justice Activists
Dates: Sep 04, 2020 - Sep 07, 2020
Days: Fri - Mon (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Rebecca Bradshaw, Chas DiCapua, Devin Berry

Course Navigation

Working in the environmental and social justice fields can be challenging and at times discouraging; learning how to forge compassion that is sustainable is the key to staying engaged and joyful over the long run. The brahmavihāras, or "heavenly homes," are four qualities of a caring heart that work together to develop strong, resilient, and wise love. In this weekend program we will develop the Buddhist heart meditations of loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity. We will share our struggles and our successes and support each other in expressing our passion and compassion for this earth and the people who live on it.

Learning Intentions:

To recognize how the passion for social change can be uplifted and supported by the Buddhist practice of cultivating the brahmavihāras; to understand how the four brahmavihāras support and balance each other; to learn a variety of techniques for practicing the brahmavihāras; to apply the brahmavihāras in work and daily life; and to experience increased resilience in environmental and social justice activism.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

This course will be held primarily in silence with some meal times available for informal discussion as well as other opportunities for group sharing.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • Rebecca Bradshaw, one of the Guiding Teachers of the Insight Meditation Society, has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 and teaching since 1993. She is a climate and social justice activist, involved in anti-pipeline civil disobedience and anti-racism/diversity initiatives at IMS and the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley. Rebecca teaches a body centered approach to meditation, supplemented with large doses of loving kindness. She has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

  • Chas DiCapua has been practicing mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, primarily in the Theravada school, for 30 years, including over 2 years of combined time in intensive retreat. In 2003 Chas was invited to be the Resident Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA where he continues to serve in that role. Chas teaches retreats at IMS, at various centers and sanghas throughout the country, and offers Spiritual Counseling for individuals.

  • Devin Berry's practice is primarily informed by the classical teachings of early Buddhism and the Insight Meditation tradition. He is currently in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program, and teaches nationally. He served as a core leader with San Francisco POC Insight Sangha and is a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA where he co-founded the teen sangha and the Men of Color sangha.