In Other Words: Inviting Poetry into our Practice
with Carolyn West
Saturday, March 23, 2023; 9:30am-12:30pm
This offering is in-person at IWM.
Suggested donation: $20-$45 registration + teacher donation* (we encourage you to consider giving teacher dana equal to or greater than what you gave for registration)*
Description: Our waking moments are inundated by words in speech and print – in the media and in our daily interactions along with those that are generated by the mind’s habit – words which affect our hearts with or without our permission. Another kind of language, as found in poetry, has the potential to awaken our hearts and bring us closer to that which we deeply know. This half day session, combining contemporary poetry and practice, will explore poetry as a medium to support and amplify our Dhamma practice. Together we will engage in periods of formal practice infused with the consideration of several poems. In small groups and as a community we will attend particularly to the effects of this practice on the heart and mind and body.
IN-PERSON LOCATION: IWM at Eastworks; 116 Pleasant St, Suite 242, Easthampton, MA
Chairs and cushions available.
Please bring your own covered water bottle.
• Masks protocols TBD.
• If you have COVID concerns (new symptoms or think you've been exposed), please stay home.
• Field Control Trio Plus portable air purifier will be running (H13 HEPA with an ultraviolet light component).
Carolyn West has had a dedicated Vipassana practice for over 25 years which over time has become the central axis of her life as a friend, a Dhamma sister, a partner, a mother and grandmother. Recently and quite by happenstance, she has been discovering and enjoying the intersection of her Vipassana practice and the practice of learning poetry by heart.
In addition, she is a contentedly and mostly retired psychologist whose career history includes clinical work in the area of learning disabilities, teaching, as well as a therapy practice catering primarily to young people and their caregivers. In the early 2000s she was trained in and began teaching MBSR, subsequently beginning a course for college students which incorporated the 8-week program into an offering on stress and its physiological and psychological effects. Carolyn also devoted almost 2 decades to teaching MBSR and training teachers for programs at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester as well as the University of California, San Diego.
*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, 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