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.
In the spring of 2021, Bhikkhu Anālayo, resident scholar-monk at BCBS, began an exclusively online Path on “Early Buddhist Meditation.” Later in 2021, Lama Liz Monson will be teaching “Writing Liberation: The Buddhist Practice of Spiritual Autobiography,” a year-long Path with three residential retreats and smaller online group meetings in between. See the links below for further information and how to apply or register for a Path. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions about these programs.
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 now accepted on a rolling basis until December 5th, 2021.
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.