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Beyond the Limits of Identity: Boundless Love

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Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley

116 Pleasant Street #242

Easthampton, MA 01027

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Beyond the Limits of Identity: Boundless Love

A half day retreat with Tara Mulay and Devin Berry

Saturday, June 29, 2019; 9:00am - 12:00pm

Suggested contribution: $15-30 registration + teacher donation



The dharma provides us a path to liberation, to understanding our true nature. Suffering arises when we mistakenly take ourselves to be separate. Letting go of constricting self-views, we taste freedom from suffering and can experience transforming self-compassion. The arising of compassion and wisdom allows us to engage, but know the limits of, the identities we inhabit to advocate for our own and our communities’ liberation.

In this morning retreat, we will combine meditation, dharma offerings, and discussion focused on cultivating mindfulness imbued with self-compassion. This retreat is appropriate for all levels of experience.




*Our teachers give freely of their time, wisdom, and experience and depend upon contributions from students for their livelihood. We recommend an equal or greater donation to the teacher than for registration.




Tara Mulay has practiced Insight Meditation since 2003. She has undertaken numerous intensive retreat practice periods in the United States and Myanmar. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leaders Program and is currently participating in Insight Meditation Society’s 2017-2021 teacher training program. In 2016, she co-founded the San Francisco People of Color Insight Sangha. She remained a core teacher with the group until the spring of 2019, when she relocated to Western Massachusetts. Her root tradition stems from the teachings of Mahasi Sayadaw. She has gratefully drawn influence from many other teachers within and outside of the Mahasi lineage, including Howard Cohn, Kamala Masters, Gil Fronsdal, Joseph Goldstein, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and Ayya Anandabodhi. Tara practiced criminal defense law in California for over 20 years, and her dharma offerings often reflect a focus on daily life practice, including in the realms of work and livelihood.

Tara is of South Asian (Indian) descent. She felt initially drawn to dharma practice upon encountering the Buddha’s teachings rejecting social caste as a measure of worth and of capacity for awakening. She believes classical Buddhist practices, designed to cultivate compassion, non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion, are uniquely potent vehicles for empowering people in marginalized communities and effecting social change.

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Devin Berry has been meditating for over 20 years. His practice is primarily informed by the classical teachings of early Buddhism and the Insight Meditation tradition. He has undertaken many periods of silent long-term retreat practice. Devin completed the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he is a visiting teacher. He is currently in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program. He served as a core leader with San Francisco POC Insight Sangha. Devin is a community teacher at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA where he co-founded the teen sangha and the Men of Color sangha. He has recently relocated to Western Massachusetts and teaches nationally. 


Devin is passionate about the power of witnessing and storytelling as a liberation tool. He is deeply committed to the personal and collective liberation of marginalized communities knowing that through the integration of reflection and insight, clarity and wisdom give rise to wise action.

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