Please take a moment to offer your responses to the following questions. Applications will close on October 1, 2021, and you will receive a notification regarding your application status by October 15th. Please be sure to check your email during this time for a response. If you do not see a notification, please check your spam and trash folders, as there may be follow up steps that are time sensitive.

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A note from the teachers: 

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in Exploring the Heart of Freedom, a 16-month program jointly offered by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) and the Insight Meditation Society (IMS).

As stated in the program description, this course is designed to cultivate our understanding of the core teachings of the Buddha, deepen our meditation practice, and help us embody the dharma in spiritual friendship and community.

The main focus of the program is the development of our personal dharma understanding; it is not intended to be a teacher training program or to provide a stepping stone to becoming a dharma teacher.

The small group meetings will be an important part of the program, helping to strengthen our connections as a sangha. While processing in groups may be necessary at times to maintain kind and clear communication, analyzing and processing group dynamics will not be the primary focus of our meetings.

Similarly, while we will, at times, address how the dharma may support us in deconstructing oppressive social structures, we are not offering a training in how to apply dharma teachings and principles to rectify social injustices.

Instead, the curriculum is structured to gradually deepen an embodied understanding and practice of the foundational teachings in the Pāli canon in a way that is responsive to the diverse and, at times, challenging conditions of contemporary life.

We hope you will find this to be a rich and rewarding exploration of the heart of freedom, and we are very much looking forward to joining you on this journey.

Thank you for your interest in this program.  We look forward to exploring the heart of freedom together.

Dawn, Jill, William, Nic, Roxanne, Vance

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies