Outdoor Daylong Retreat at Look Park (weather permitting under the open sky in a grassy area) - PLEASE NOTE: proof of vaccination required.
Alignment or Attunement? – A Daylong Practice Period with Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
with Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey
Saturday, October 16, 2021; 9:30am - 4:30pm ET
You can get a sense of Jesse's teaching in this video of a talk Jesse previously gave.
Suggested donation: $25-50 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*
Many of the world's spiritual traditions
emphasize the value of alignment: of the mind with the
body, of our selves with the divine, or our lives with the cosmos. While the
Buddha understood the value of alignment – particularly in relationship to the
power of concentration – his teachings ultimately prioritize the importance of
something we might differentiate as attunement – of sensitive
awareness of the nature of phenomena – as the vital mechanism for liberation.
What does this mean for our meditation practice and our lives? How do we
develop both these capacities in healthy support of one another? Join Jesse for
a day of outdoor practice to explore the dynamics between concentration and
mindfulness in our ongoing quest for deeper understanding and greater capacity
Duck Brook pavilion at Look Park, Northampton, MA (reserved by
Insight Western Mass).
Weather permitting, the retreat will take place under the open sky in a grassy area. Please
note: if you want to park near the shelter within Look Park, you’ll
need to pay a $10 parking fee. Alternatively, there’s a school
nearby (JFK Middle School) where you can park and walk into Look
Park and over to Duck Brook shelter.
of Duck Brook can be found here.
bring lunch/beverages. (Look Park requires carry in/carry out, so
please plan accordingly.)
are located near Duck Brook shelter.
permitting, the retreat may be held under the open sky so please
bring a chair/cushion/ground cloth.
dress for the weather (there is not an alternative date). Bugs are a
possibility (covering/repellent may be good to have).
Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey's teaching aims to inspire the skills, determination, and faith necessary to
realize the deepest human freedom. He is a student of Michele McDonald
and his approach is rooted in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma.
As a teacher of Vipassana (insight) meditation within the broader
context of Theravadan Buddhism, his teaching encourages an exploration
of the relationship between ethics, insight, and action. Perpetually
intrigued by the dynamics between inner and outer change, Jesse is a
writer of numerous essays and author of Insurgent Heart: A Vipassana Manual for the Guerrilla Yogi.
He is a spoon carver who loves to teach people about how to work with
their hands and explore the relationship between labor, ownership, and
kamma. He is the resident teacher for Vipassana Hawai’i and teaches
around the world.
Jesse was a co-founder of The Stone House, a center for spiritual life and social justice in Mebane, NC, was a long-time board member of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and faculty member of the Center for Whole Communities.
keeping with the Buddhist tradition of dana (generosity), the suggested
registration amounts for our classes and retreats do not include any
payment for the teacher. The teachers are paid entirely out of the
students' generosity. Please consider giving a donation to the teacher
in order to support their ability to continue to share the dharma. We
encourage you to consider teacher dana equal to or greater than the
amount you gave for registration. You may give a donation at the time of
registration and give later donations through our teacher dana link.
Everyone is welcome to all of our events regardless of ability to
You can give online or send checks to InsightPV, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA 01027.