Dharma Talk with Oren Jay Sofer - Jan. 12, 2022

Open Community Practice and Dharma Talk

"Training the Heart, Shaping Your Life"

with Oren Jay Sofer

Wednesday, January 12, 2022; 7:00-8:30pm

Suggested donation: $7-25*

The human heart and mind are like incredibly fertile soil: whatever seeds we plant will grow. Every day, we’re sowing seeds. The question is, what are we cultivating? This evening’s session will explore how we can use contemplative practice to shape our life and develop the resources to meet the challenges of a changing world. The evening will include a guided meditation, a short Dharma talk, and time for questions and discussion. All are welcome, no experience necessary.

This talk will be recorded (audio only) and posted to DharmaSeed at the following link:

Practice together remotely with other sangha members in a relaxed online atmosphere (7:00) and enjoy a dharma talk (7:35).

Oren Jay Sofer teaches meditation and communication retreats and workshops nationally. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma. Oren also holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is the founder of Next Step Dharma ( and co-founder of Mindful Healthcare. He is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication (, and co-author of Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents ( Learn more at

*If 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.

You 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.

Zoom Link
Password: 242. 

Dial in by phone for audio only: Call (646) 558-8656. Meeting ID: 943 156 1684. Password: 242

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