Emptiness and Love
Open Community Practice and Dharma Talk, in-person/hybrid at the Florence Civic Center
with Rebecca Bradshaw
Wednesday, October 19, 2022; 7:00-8:30pm
Suggested donation: $7-25*
Practice together in-person or via Zoom with other sangha members in a relaxed atmosphere (7:00) and enjoy a dharma talk (7:35). Zoom participants may post questions in the chat.
Description: What do we mean by the Buddhist concept of emptiness and how is this related to fullness and love?
IN-PERSON LOCATION: Florence Civic Center, 90 Park St, Florence, MA
See COVID protocols below.
Chairs available; if you prefer to sit on zabuton/cushion, please bring your own.
Please bring your own covered water bottle.
Rebecca Bradshaw, one of the Guiding Teachers of the Insight Meditation Society, has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 in the United States and Myanmar and teaching since 1993. She completed her dharma teacher training at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she is part of the three month retreat teacher team, leads retreats for young adults, and serves as a member of the diversity committee. Rebecca teaches a body centered approach to meditation, supplemented with large doses of loving kindness. She has a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). For more information, please see her webpage at www.rebeccabradshaw.org.
The Florence Civic Center building holds 89 people; if 40 people attend, there will be plenty of room for 3' of social distance. If more than 40 show up, there would be less than 3' of social distance space.Participants must be masked with N95 or KN95 masks; please bring your own (we will have some available if needed).Proof of vaccination required. If you have been traveling or caring for unvaccinated children or people, we ask that you take an antigen test before attending.There are windows we can open to provide fresh air.A Field Control Trio Plus portable air purifier will be running (H13 HEPA with an ultraviolet light component).
* If you have the means, please consider a donation tonight. Dana, which is the ancient Pali word for “generosity”, is a fundamental aspect of the Buddha’s teachings. Our teachers have historically received 60% of the dana given for dharma talks, and while this is still true, since the pandemic, we do make sure teachers receive a minimum guaranteed amount. Insight Western Mass operates entirely on the sangha's acts of generosity. Those who donate more are helping to make the center accessible to all. Everyone is welcome to all of our offerings regardless of ability to donate.
You can give online, in-person 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
Or cut and paste this URL into your browser: https://zoom.us/j/9431561684?pwd=YVQ1N1VzNWE3dGR4RERSZ1l3Zks0Zz09