Supporting Buddhist Practice
The goal of Upavana is to support the founding of a Theravada Buddhist practice community in Western Massachusetts, as well as support practitioners wherever they are through various online offerings. In May, Tahn Pamutto will be in Western Mass and will begin wandering and hosting meditations and other events where he stays. If you are in that area, you can check the Events page or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
In-Person Uposatha Gatherings
Upavana is now holding the biweekly Uposatha gatherings in-person as well as online. If you would like to attend the next session or offer a location for one of these gatherings, please contact us via email.
June Meditation Retreat - In Person/Online
We are also planning to hold our first In-Person and Virtual Weekend Retreat in the month of June. Meditation retreats are an invaluable way to develop our practice and will be an ongoing offering for Upavana. While there will be limited slots for In-Person attendance, the retreat will be offered online for free.
The projected dates of this retreat are June 25 (evening talk) until Sunday, June 27, at 5pm. The theme will be 'Anapanasati and Developing Samadhi'.
Making the retreat a reality will require bringing together a variety of resources. If you know of a location for a non-residential retreat, could provide or sponsor food for retreatants, or would like to attend please email us at email@example.com.
Practice Together Online
Upavana hosts several online meditations through ZOOM every week:
Wednesday from 8-9 PM EST
Friday from 8-9 PM EST
In addition, join an informal online dhamma discussion: 'Tea with Tahn' every Wednesday from 7-8 PM EST.
Upavana monastics are also available for questions and chat during the week. Feel free to send an email to ask or set up a time.
Every two weeks, on the New and Full Moon (see Events page for exact dates), practitioners can come together to observe the Uposatha. A 45-minute meditation begins at 8 PM EST, followed by the chance to take the three refuges and 5 or 8 precepts.
An Upavana monastic will give a dhamma talk starting at 9 PM EST. Following the talk, the room stays open for informal sitting and walking meditation practice until midnight.
These events are now being held in-person as well as online. In you live in Western Massachusetts and would like to attend, please contact by email for the location of the next Uposatha gathering.
Essays, Talks, and Upavana News
Upavana posts regularly through Facebook. These posts include dhamma reflections, updates on online offerings and links to recorded talks by various teachers.
The posts are also viewable on this site at the News Feed page.