Course with Michael Grady - March & April 2024


Meditative Investigation: A Class For Experienced Meditators

with Michael Grady

4 Tuesdays: March 12, 19, 26, and April 2; 7:00 - 8:15pm ET

via Zoom

On this path of awakening, the Buddha discouraged relying on second-hand knowledge and instead offered a teaching which values an open-hearted and direct inquiry, free of deeply held preconceptions and conditioned thinking. This spirit of inquiry infuses all aspects of Insight practice.

Whether it's our relationship to pleasure and pain or our concept of self, meditative investigation challenges us to examine and discover for ourselves the nature of suffering and whether there is a reliable path to inner freedom.

In this class, we will explore and discuss ways to strengthen our capacity for clarity and compassion through the investigative process.

Open to all meditators with some prior mindfulness practice experience.

Suggested donation: $40-90 registration + teacher donation (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*

Michael Grady began practicing Insight Meditation with Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg in 1974 when they first returned from Asia. He has also been a student of the late Chan master Sheng Yen who taught the practice of Silent Illumination - a practice which emphasizes relaxing the body and mind while practicing awareness without expectations or an agenda. Michael is a Core teacher at IMS in Barre, MA and was a Guiding Teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center for more than 20 years. Michael moved to Western Mass several years ago and is currently on the Teacher Council of IWM. Having taught extensively in both intensive retreats and in an urban dharma center, Michael encourages an attitude towards practice which is wholistic - that all of life is viewed as an opportunity for awakening to freedom. 

*In 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/or give later donations through our teacher dana link or in-person at the course/retreat. Everyone is welcome to all of our offerings regardless of ability to donate.

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

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