The Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation is operated by the Mahasati Insight Meditation Association, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to helping people reduce suffering through the development of mindfulness and self-awareness. We provide a place for classes and weekly practice, where people can come together to support their meditation practice under the guidance of experienced teachers.
Our practice community avoids ritual and dogma, and does not discourage practice in other spiritual traditions. We aspire to cultivate an atmosphere of openness, gentleness and mutual support.
Insight meditation practice at the Center is inspired by the teachings of Thai Buddhist Meditation Master Luangpor Teean, and advocates the following core principles:
- The recognition that there are degrees of relief from suffering—up to its total cessation.
- The complete cessation of suffering is possible for each of us with diligent practice.
- This release from suffering is based on seeing clearly, for oneself, the actions of one’s body and mind in the present moment, and begins with the distinguishing of physical reality from conceptual thought.
- The realization of this cessation of suffering is most likely when both formal meditation practice and practice during daily life are supported and combined.
Our teachers teach in the tradition of Luangpor Teean Jittasubho, and are associated with both the Mahasati Insight Meditation Association in MA, and the Redding Center for Meditation in CT. Weekly classes are typically led by Michael Bresnan. Periodically, classes are also led by our Spiritual Director, Achan Da, and Assistant Director, Achan Niphen.
Michael has been practicing Mahasati Insight Meditation for over 20 years. He is a licensed psychologist.
Visiting the Center
Meditation sessions and workshops are suitable for practitioners at all levels, including beginners, and both cushions and chairs are available for sitting. Regular practice sessions are held in Wenham every Saturday morning, from 9:30 to 10:45 AM, and every Wednesday evening, from 7:00 to 8:15 PM.
There is no formal charge to attend weekly meditation sessions or one-day workshops, though donations are gratefully accepted to help cover our costs.