Open Community Practice and Dharma Talk
"The Support of Dharma in Daily Life"
with Jean Esther
Wednesday, December 15, 2021; 7:00-8:30pm
Suggested donation: $7-25*
You are invited to join Jean for meditation followed by group
discussion on this topic. A question we’ll explore is: What particular Buddhist
teachings or practices are salient for you at this time and why? How are
This is an opportunity to hear from each other the many ways the
Dharma teachings can support and nourish our individual lives. Jean will speak
briefly on the 3 Pillars of the Dharma to start our discussion together.
Beginners and Experienced practitioners - are all welcome!
Practice together remotely with other sangha members in a relaxed online atmosphere (7:00) and enjoy a dharma talk (7:35).
Jean Esther, MSW began formal meditation training in 1975. She has been training in
the Theravadan Buddhist tradition since 1982 with senior Western
teachers as well as Burmese and Western Monastics. Since 2008, she has
undertaken extensive teacher training in both Vipassana practice and
non-dual awareness. Jean's dharma teaching is informed by over 36 years
of practice as a psychotherapist integrating spiritual inquiry and
somatic awareness with psychological understanding. For over 20 years,
she trained with renowned Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, exploring the
awakening of consciousness through the body, psyche and the arts. The
wellspring and root of her work are the Buddha's teachings on love and
wisdom. Jean is a Guiding Teacher of True North Insight in Ontario,
Canada. A senior teacher at InsightPV, she also teaches at Insight
Meditation Society in Barre, MA, with IBME (Inward Bound Mindfulness
Education) and across the US and Canada. In addition, she has a private
psychotherapy practice in Northampton, MA.
you have the means, please consider a donation tonight. We operate
entirely on the sangha's acts of generosity. Your donation will help us
meet the minimum payment for the teacher and provide some support to the
ongoing operations of the sangha as well. Everyone is welcome at all of
our events, regardless of ability to donate. Therefore, those who
donate more are helping to make the center accessible to all.
A note about dana for Wednesday night Dharma talks: Our
teachers receive 60% of the dana given for Wednesday night Dharma
talks, as they traditionally have. That said, since the pandemic, dana
given for Dharma talks has decreased. As a result, IWM now provides
teachers with a minimum guaranteed amount. If you wish to give
additional dana solely to the teacher for this Dharma talk, there will
be an opportunity later in the process below.
can give online or send checks to Insight Western Mass, 116 Pleasant Street, Suite
242, Easthampton, MA 01027. FYI: we check for mail once per week.
Dial in by phone for audio only: Call (646) 558-8656. Meeting ID: 943 156 1684. Password: 242