• $537.00 – Sustaining
  • $417.00 – Mid Level (Actual Cost)
  • $327.00 – Supported
  • $195.00 – Non-Resident

Date & Time Details: Registration: Feb 28, 2-6 pm.
Closing: Mar 3, noon with optional lunch.
Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Location: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Address: 149 Lockwood Road, Barre, MA 01005


(978) 355-2347 ext. 10

Dana: Teaching the Dharma is inherently an act of generosity. The teachers who come to BCBS travel from afar and offer their time, their energy, and their wisdom as a gift to all who choose to come. Teachers are reimbursed by BCBS only for their travel and other basic costs. Students are invited to help support the continuing efforts of teachers by contributing to their livelihood. A box for Teacher Dāna is provided after every program. Please give generously to the teachers.

Spiritual Friendship and the Eightfold Path

With Janet Surrey

February 28 - March 3, 2019

In the Upaddha Sutta, the Buddha tells Ananda, his close friend and attendant, that spiritual or noble friendship is the “whole” of the life dedicated to Awakening. The presence of kalyanamitta (spiritual or beneficial friends) in our lives is crucial for maturation on the path. It supports inspiration, resilience, energy, and ethical direction for the lived embodiment of the Buddha’s teachings. Spiritual friendship is the whole life-expression of loving-kindness and care, compassion, appreciation, joy and relational equanimity—realized in particular intentional relationships. How can we cultivate the depth and power of such friendship across the experience of isolation, disconnection, loneliness, and ill will in our contemporary lives?

In this retreat, the meditative guidelines and contemplative dialogue practice of Insight Dialogue will be introduced for a co-meditative relational practice that can support our capacity to offer and receive the flow of generous openness to others. This practice helps us explore the challenges and the potential in our contemporary lives and particularly across cultural, racial, and gender differences.

Note: There will be periods of silent meditation and relational meditation practice. This weekend is appropriate for beginning and more advanced practitioners of Insight Dialogue.

Learning Intentions:

Learn the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue as a foundation for spiritual friendships; learn and practice the qualities of friendship on the Eightfold Path; develop capacity for nurturing and maintaining friendship in contemporary life; recognize how social location and privilege may lead to delusion and ignorance; and practice opening to dialogue and spiritual friendship across culture, race and gender.

This program is designed to meet the continuing education requirement for those  whose state licensure boards require ethics credits for license renewal.However, we suggest that you check with your local licensing board to ensure this program meets their criteria.

Application for 11.5 continuing education credits has been submitted for psychologists and social workers. We are not able to offer CEU’s for Counselors (NBCC). Please note that we charge a $25 processing fee for CEUs. Please contact us at (/978-355-2347) for the status of CE accreditation. More information is available here.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.


Janet Surrey
Janet Surrey, PhD is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice group in the Boston area. Jan has been a faculty member of Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs’ Teachers Council. Jan has studied with a number of Vipassana…
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