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
Buddhism, Race, and American Belonging:
An Asian American View
March 21, 2021
Sunday 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
In dialogue with each other and with participants, Duncan Ryūkan Williams and Chenxing Han will draw from their recent books and investigate the Asian American Buddhist experience. These groundbreaking books form the basis for a timely conversation on buried histories, trailblazing contributions, race and identity, belonging and refuge. We hope you’ll join us.
Enlivening Meditation with the Factors of Awakening
March 26 - 31, 2021
In this retreat, Bill & Susan Morgan investigate the seven factors of awakening. There are three energizing factors: investigation, joy, and energy. And there are three calming factors: calm, concentration, and equanimity. The practice comes alive in a more balanced and wholehearted way when these seven factors are enhanced and engaged.
Living Our Histories, Shaping Our Futures:
Buddhist Anti-Racist Practice
Apr 01, 2021 - May 13, 2021
Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST
Join Brian Lesage and Jessica Locke in this contemplative workshop for white practitioners, exploring the meaning of whiteness and race in our lives. The course will include interactive and experiential components supported by weekly readings and reflections.
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.
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
Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
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.
Remarkable Relational Resilience:
Living Nobly In the Midst of Ignobility
Apr 25 - May 01, 2021
Marginalized Bodies and Liberatory Inclusion:
How to be a Dharma Freak
May 07 - May 09, 2021
Join Bee Scherer for a look through buddhadharma, dis/ability studies, and queer theory to see how Buddhist practice can offer those of us living on the margins a way to incorporate our physical and neurological diversity into our own practice of meditation, devotion, and social engagement.
The Dharma of James Baldwin and Audre Lorde
Jun 05 - Jul 24, 2021
Applications now open
Join Rima Vesely-Flad in reading James Baldwin and Audre Lourde and exploring how they help us understand classical Buddhist teachings in new and powerful ways.
The Foundations of Mindful Communication
June 14 - July 22, 2021
Oren Jay Sofer offers this six-week online training based upon the Buddha’s teachings of the Noble Eightfold Path, using mindfulness and Right Speech, plus the modern disciplines of Nonviolent Communication, to offer concrete tools to hold one’s own while still hearing others.
Touching The Earth:
A Homestead Retreat for Young Adults
July 31 – August 21, 2021
An invitation to live and learn in a community of vibrant peers, tending gardens and practicing meditation
This three-week immersion for young adults (ages 18-24) on a secluded Vermont homestead is an opportunity to cultivate self-awareness and deepen your relationship with others and the living earth. Our small learning community will explore the Buddhist concept of interbeing through the fields of permaculture, ecology, living systems theory, ecopsychology, social justice, and climate studies. Readings on these topics will feed rich discussions, often facilitated by students.
Applications Close April 1st
Wisdom Publications Collaborations for Self Study
Previously Offered Programs
An online study and practice course
guided by Bhikkhu Anālayo
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.
Applications are closed for 2021
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