To provide opportunities for deep engagement in a collaborative and supportive environment, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies has for many years offered multi-month and year-long programs that integrate study and practice of the dharma with a consistent cohort of practitioners. We are now expanding these offerings-- both online and in person-- in our new “Path Programs.” Our intention is to offer a space expansive enough for teachers and participants to engage in far-reaching explorations of classical and contemporary Buddhism--cultivating wisdom, deepening practice, and building community grounded in Buddhadharma.
See the links below for further information on the individual programs and how to apply or register for a Path. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about these programs.
Mindfulness, Soulfulness, and Socially Engaged Practice
A BCBS Path Program with Rhonda V. Magee
May 2023 - May 2024
In this year-long program, Rhonda V. Magee will explore mindfulness, soulfulness, and social engagement in the face of such challenges as climate distress, immigration and demographic changes, economic inequality, the increasing implications of extractive technology, and the increasing visibility of White supremacy-based ideology and politics. This program consists of two residential retreats, and monthly zoom gatherings.
Buddhism and Psychotherapy: A Healing Partnership
A BCBS Path Program with Pilar Jennings
December 15, 2022 - December 17, 2023
Pilar Jennings offers this year long program exploring the intersection between Buddhist psychology and Western psychotherapy. The program consists of three residential courses and monthly zoom meetings, and is open to all. 10 CEs per residential course have been applied for.
Cultivating Concentration and the Absorption States of Jhāna
A BCBS Path Program with Shaila Catherine
September 13, 2022 - July 1, 2023
This ten-month program will begin with an initial five-night retreat (September 13 – 18, 2022) and conclude with a nine-night retreat (June 22 – July 1, 2023). Between the two residential retreats we will gather together monthly for online discussions via Zoom. In these meetings, Shaila Catherine will support participants through this ten-month commitment to develop the skills and conditions that deepen concentration in both meditation and daily activities.
Applications are now closed
An IMS/BCBS Intensive Study and Practice Program
March 2022 – July 2023
Dawn Scott, Jill Shepherd, William Edelglass, Nicola Redfern, Roxanne Dault and Vance Pryor
Exploring the Heart of Freedom is a sixteen-month program designed to cultivate our understanding of the core teachings of the Buddha, deepen our meditation practice, and help us to embody the dharma in spiritual friendship and community.
Jointly offered by the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS), the program consists of five residential retreats in Barre, MA, which will include meditation practice, dharma study, and relational practices such as small group inquiry and contemplative sharing.
Applications are now closed.
Lama Liz Monson
November 05, 2021 - Oct 19, 2022
Lama Liz Monson will be teaching a Path, “Writing Liberation: The Buddhist Practice of Spiritual Autobiography,” in which participants will explore writing spiritual autobiographies as a liberative practice, metabolizing life events as transformative experiences along the Buddhist path. Between the weeklong retreats, participants will meet online twice a month to discuss assigned readings and writing exercises.
Registration for Writing Liberation Path
2021 -2022 is now closed.
April 09, 2021 - April 10, 2022
The Early Buddhist Meditation Path with Bhikkhu Anālayo consists of three online retreats over twelve months. It is an in-depth study of meditation as it emerges in the early Buddhist discourses, extant in Pāli and compared with their Āgama parallels in Chinese and other languages. These are the sources that bring us as close as possible to the teachings of the historical Buddha.