About 2021 Programming
With so much uncertainty about when BCBS will be able to safely re-open for residential programs in 2021, we will continue to announce our online offerings about 2-3 months before they are scheduled. Be sure to check our emails and website for the latest information. We will let you know about residential programming as soon as we can make plans for a safe re-opening. We all look forward to that day!
Upcoming Online Programs
The Daily Sit
Bill and Susan Morgan
Monday-Friday, 10:30-11:15 am EDT
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30-11:00 am EDT
Dawn Scott will now be joining the Daily Sit on Tuesdays
The Freedom of Non-Clinging:
An Insight Dialogue Retreat
January 22 - 24, 2021
Practice Insight Dialogue with Nicola Redfern and Bart Van Melik and investigate the process of clinging, and the direct experience of the release from clinging. Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together mindfulness and concentration, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha and the power of relationship to support insight into the causes and the release of human suffering.
Cultivating Inner Strength:
An Insight Dialogue Program For BIPOC
Jan 24 - Feb 28, 2021
Join Tuere Sala for this 6-week online offering for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We invite BIPOC practitioners interested in learning the practice of Insight Dialogue and those already experienced in Insight Dialogue who aspire to deepen their practice skills. Each week we will explore and practice with one of the six guidelines that make up the foundation of Insight Dialogue.
The Liberating Practice of Mettā:
A Course of Study and Practice
January 27 - March 28, 2021
Shaila Catherine offers an in-depth exploration of Mettā—the quality of loving kindness, goodwill, and friendliness towards all beings. There will be a total of 9 topical learning modules which will include 8 live Zoom classes with Shaila Catherine, sutta and contemporary readings, recorded teachings and guided meditations, daily life exercises, and discussion forums.
Buddhist and Christian Methods for
Personal and Social Awakening
January 29 - 31, 2021
Lama/Professor John Makransky and Reverend/Professor Melanie Harris will explore connections between healing spiritual practices and racial, intersectional, and environmental justice work. Melanie and John will alternate practices and perspectives of Buddhism and Christianity in ways that bring each other and the retreatants into deepening inter-religious practice and learning.
A Foundational Practice for the Brahmavihārās
Feb 05 - 07, 2021
Join Mary Aubry in this weekend virtual retreat, intended as both an introduction to and a deepening of our embodied practice of the brahmavihārās of mettā, compassion, muditā (sympathetic joy), and equanimity.
Attachment and Non-Attachment:
The Dharma of Relationship
February 19 - 21, 2021
In this program, Chris Crotty and Julia Barry explore Buddhist teachings on impermanence and not-self, as well as attachment theory, which addresses how our early childhood relationships inform our adult views and behaviors. The format will include meditation instruction, Buddhist and Western teachings on attachment, and relational mindfulness practices. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this program!
Nourish the Heart: A Chanting Retreat
February 21 - 25, 2021
Join Thanissara, Kittisaro, and Jaya Rudgard in chanting verses and mantras from the Theravāda and Mahāyāna traditions. In chanting, we train in breathing, elongating the out-breath to sound sacred syllables and phrases through the tissues of the body, permeating all space and time with auspicious light and energy.
and the Liberating Power
of Dhamma Dialogue
February 26 - 28, 2021
Join Charles Hallisey and Janet Surrey for a weekend of investigating the Buddha's teachings on spiritual friendship while working with the guidelines of Insight Dialogue. This online retreat will include periods of study and dhamma talk, silent meditation, and dhamma contemplation of the meditative qualities of the heart/mind in the relational field with self and others.
Refuge in Sangha:
An Introduction to Insight Dialogue
March 02 - April 20, 2021
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm EST
Join Nicola Redfern and Rachel Hammerman for this eight-week online program for people who self-identify as LGBTQIA+ to come together as sangha to learn and practice Insight Dialogue. In this course we will be bringing wakeful awareness into the heart of speaking and listening, supported by the six Insight Dialogue guidelines. Each week we will practice together as a large group and also in small breakout groups of pairs and threes.
When Life Hits Like A Tsunami:
Experiencing Peace in the Midst of Chaos
April 2 - 4, 2021
In this retreat, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel explores the things that threaten our lives—personally and collectively. We will look at what it means to live in the midst of chaos, disruption, and the deterioration of what we once knew. And, through sitting meditation, poetry, dharma talks, and discussion we will engage what is difficult, holding it in healing and liberating ways.
Early Buddhist Meditation Path
An online program with Bhikkhu Anālayo
April 2021-April 2022
The Early Buddhist Meditation Path consists of three 9-day intensive retreats over the course of a year. This is an in-depth study of meditation as it emerges in the early Buddhist discourses.
It is intended for experienced practitioners who wish to deepen their understanding of the canonical Buddhist source material. Participants commit to all three retreats which build on one another as one continuous program.
An online study and practice course
guided by Bhikkhu Anālayo
April 11-June 12, 2021
Satipaṭṭhāna Meditation is an interactive and comprehensive online program modeled on in-person courses offered globally by Venerable Bhikkhu Anālayo on the foundational mindfulness text the Satipaṭṭhāna-sutta.
Jan 11 - Mar 1, 2021
Liberation Through Non-Clinging:
An Exploration of the Five Aggregates
Applications Now Open
Apr 17- May 23, 2021
Join Jill Shepherd in this deep investigation into the “the five clinging-aggregates” of form, feeling-tone, perception, formations, and consciousness. Group practice will be complemented by home study and practice of at least two hours per week, readings and dharma talks, and an online discussion board.
Silent Illumination, Embodied Experiencing:
A Method for Natural Awakening
Apr 17, 2021 - May 22, 2021
In this six-week course, Guo Gu leads us through the practice and cultivation of silent illumination, the realization that we are already free. The course will meet online together once a week for instructions and discussion of the week’s topics, with readings assigned each week.
Wisdom Publications Collaborations
Previously Offered Programs
Dharma and Art:
A Whole-Life Path
An online course with
Sherre DeLys & Rosalyn Driscoll
Applications are now closed for 2021
A Soulmaking Dharma
An online study and practice course guided by
Assisted by Yahel Avigur
Applications are now closed for Fall 2020
11 weeks of practice and focused study of Soulmaking Dharma