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A Residential Meditation RetreatwithRebecca Bradshaw
October 4–7, 2018
Madison Vipassana is extremely pleased to announce that Rebecca Bradshaw will be coming to Wisconsin to lead a residential meditation retreat October 4–7, 2018. The retreat will be held at Pine Lake Camp in Westfield, Wisconsin.
Rebecca Bradshaw is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley in Easthampton, MA, and one of the guiding teachers at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1983 in the U.S. and Myanmar (Burma) and teaching since 1993.
Read moreProtections for the Heart:
Wisdom and Loving KindnessBy Rebecca Bradshaw
We have been born into this awesome, mysterious, incomprehensible, wild world of change. We have this yearning for openheartedness, and yet we’d like to feel safe, too. We want some kind of lasting security….
Read moreAdditional Opportunity to Practice with Rebecca Bradshaw
Upcoming RetreatsMark Nunberg, Mar. 7–10, 2019
Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI (nonresidential/residential)
Sharon Salzberg, Aug. 9–11, 2019
Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison, WI (nonresidential)
Ajahn Punnadhammo, Oct. 7–17, 2019
Pine Lake Camp, Westfield, WI (residential)
Dhamma talks from these retreats are now posted on our website:
Retreat with Venerable Ajahn Sucitto, July 2018Retreat with DaRa Williams, May 2018Retreat with Janice Cittasubha Sheppard, October 2017Kalyana Mitta GroupsA Kalyana Mitta (spiritual friend in Pali) is a group of 6–12 individuals who gather periodically (usually once a month) to study and discuss the teachings of the Buddha and the path of practice. The groups generally begin with a half-hour sit, followed by a personal check-in related to practice. Groups may also select readings to discuss, often in a check-in format with time afterward for a more freewheeling discussion with cross-talk. Each group has its own flavor.
The expectation is that members make a commitment to show up each month if possible, though a long-term commitment is not necessarily expected at the outset. Over time, a close relationship among spiritual friends develops. For practitioners at any level, this can be an invaluable complement to practice at home and attendance at sangha.
We currently have two groups with openings for new members. If you’re interested in joining a Kalyana Mitta, contact Dave Creswell at email@example.com or 238-1234.
Madison Insight Meditation Group offers three weekly meditation opportunities, one in central Madison, one on the west side, and one on the east side. Bring your own meditation cushion or bench if you have one. Chairs and some extra cushions are available.
First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison
1st & 3rd Sundays: 45-minute sitting followed by talk and discussion 2nd, 4th, & 5th Sundays: 45-minute sitting, 20-minute walking meditation, 45-minute sitting (breakout group on 2nd Sundays offers introduction to insight meditation. This sitting group is peer-led.
Tuesdays 6:30–8:15 p.m.
9638 Shadow Ridge Trail, Middleton
45-minute sitting followed by Dhamma talk/discussion This sitting group is led by Janice Cittasubha Sheppard, who was trained at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery as a Buddhist Lay Minister, and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center as a Community Dharma Leader.
Fridays 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Main Street Yoga, 1882 E. Main Street, Madison
30-minute sitting followed by 10-minute movement meditation and Dhamma discussion or talk Dhamma discussions will be led by James Meadows, Jayson Chung, and Richard Ely. James has had a meditation practice since 1994, when he spent four months at Wat Pah Nanachat (International Forest Monastery) in Thailand. He has a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University. Jayson was one of the earliest participants of Madison Insight Meditation Group. He has studied with Matthew Flickstein since 2005. Richard has practiced with Madison Insight for 10 years and is currently taking Janice Cittasubha Sheppard’s yearlong course, Form and Freedom in Theravada Buddhism
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