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Eastworks, 2nd Floor
116 Pleasant Street
Suite 242
Easthampton, MA 01027-2755
413-527-0388
general@insightpv.org
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Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley is a nonresidential urban community center. Its mission is to offer the Buddha’s teachings to all who are interested, to help sustain and deepen meditation practice and to bring wisdom and compassion into daily life.

Insight PV is dedicated to being a welcoming community to all. We are firmly committed to welcoming diversity of race, class, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, cultural and religious background, and ability within our midst, so that all might feel included and comfortable in practicing here.

IPV Guiding Principles

  • Our teachings are grounded in Theravada Buddhism
  • We are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment that is both inclusive and accessible
  • We value diverse backgrounds and perspectives within our community (sangha).
  • Generosity (dana) in the form of presence, service, volunteering, and resources is integral to everything we do as this sustains the spirit and heart of the center.
  • We are committed to integrity and ethical conduct (sila)
  • We believe in the innate capacity of each person to realize freedom of heart and mind.
  • In the spirit of the Buddha, we encourage ongoing inquiry
  • We are aware of our interconnectedness with all of life, and encourage compassion and responsibility in our relationships with other people and the natural world.
  • We value the role of community in our spiritual development.
  • We are committed to the transparent and ethical use of our resources and assets.

  • What is Insight Meditation?

    Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassana or mindfulness meditation, originated in the Theravada School of Buddhism, now primarily located in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Burma. Vipassana, which means "to see clearly", is the simple practice of moment to moment awareness which leads to the development of wisdom and compassion.

    Mindfulness, or present-time non-judgmental attention, comprises the heart of Buddhist meditation practice. This awareness training has been cultivated in Asia for over 2,500 years and, because of its simplicity and power, is now practiced by people from a wide variety of spiritual outlooks.

    By cultivating mindfulness, we experience for ourselves the ever-changing flow of the mind/body, including sensations in body, hearing, thoughts, emotions, and consciousness itself. This awareness leads us to a deeper intimacy with life, and a greater ability to accept more fully the pleasure and pain, fear and joy, sadness and happiness that life inevitably brings. As insight deepens, we develop greater peace and equanimity in the face of the three basic characteristics of reality, the truths of impermanence (annica), unsatisfactoriness (dukkha), and not-self (anatta).

    Our practice also develops qualities of heart and mind known as the spiritual perfections (paramis), such as generosity, ethical conduct, patience, simplicity, lovingkindness, and equanimity. With greater clarity and freedom in our hearts and minds, and from a place of greater wisdom and compassion, we can share the fruits of our practice with others through our caring and service.

    Lineage: Dhamma Dena and Insight PV
    The Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley was first named Dhamma Dena Meditation Center, and Dhamma Dena remains a part of our Center’s identity. Dhamma Dena was a lay-woman recognized by the Buddha for her profound wisdom.

    Ruth Denison, who was the root teacher of our founder Arinna Weisman, named her center after Dhamma Dena, and we named ours Dhamma Dena also, in part to honor Ruth’s importance in the lineage, and in gratitude for her undaunted efforts to bring the Buddha’s teachings to Westerners and to women in particular.

    The teachers at Insight PV have roots in the Theravadan lineages of Buddhism. Most have practiced meditation at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and at other Insight Meditation centers in the United States. Many have also practiced Vipassana meditation at centers in Southeast Asia. Some have supplemented their Theravadan roots with practice in other Buddhist lineages and other body and mind practices. Click here to learn more about our Insight PV teachers and their individual paths of study.

    Board of Directors
    Rebecca Bradshaw, Guiding Teacher
    Joyce Genet, Director
    Candace Cassin, President
    Philip Murphy, Treasurer
    Rick Hart, Secretary
    Hal Fales
    Ruth Folchman
    Leslie Smith-Frank
    Theresa Vincent

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    Lending Library
    Our lending library of books on the dharma and related topics are are catalogued at LibraryThing. Thanks to a number of volunteers, especially Judy Maggiore, over 300 books in our lending library have been catalogued at LibraryThing. Please browse our catalogue and borrow freely. You can also subscribe to the our Library's RSS feed that alerts you to new books arriving.

    We remember with gratitude Jerry Rosenthal for bequeathing his excellent collection of Buddhist works to us.

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    Directions
    We are located in Suite 242 on the second floor of the Eastworks Building in Easthampton, MA.

    From Northampton
    Take Route 10 (South St.) 2.8 miles; then a left on O'Neil St. for 1.4 miles (which becomes Pleasant Street). The Eastworks Building will be on the left ( #116).

    From the North, or Hadley & Amherst
    Take Route 91 South to Exit 18; then a right on Route 5 for 1.3 miles; take a right on East St. for 1.2 miles and bear right onto Ferry St., take a left on Pleasant St.; the Eastworks Building will be on the left.

    From the South
    Take Route 91 North to Exit 17B; then a right on to Route 141 (which becomes Cottage Street in town); bear right at the light onto Union Street; take a right at the next light; then a right off
    the rotary to Pleasant Street; go 1/2 mile to Eastworks on the right.

    Parking
    We suggest visitors park in the smaller parking lot at the West Entrance.