The Shala Buddhist Studies

 October 2023-April 2024


The Shala Buddhist Studies program focuses on:

  • Immersive study of Buddhist history, lineage, and The Buddha's teachings.
  • Deepening your own meditation practice and applying Buddhist principles to everyday life.
  • Group sits.

Teachers' Track

  • The Teachers' Track is offered for those interested in leading meditation or teaching others.
  • The teachers’ track is suitable for therapists, social workers, yoga teachers, educators, health care professionals, householders, and anyone seeking to integrate teaching meditation into their lives and/or professions. 


Sharon Salzberg, Dr. Constance Kassor, Kate Johnson, Barbara Verrochi + Kristin Leigh


History of Yoga, Philosophy & Discussion | Connie Kassor
Philosophy, Meditation, Q & A | Sharon Salzberg
Philosophy (Brahmaviharas) & Meditation | Kate Johnson
Meditation, Teacher Track & Group Discussions | Barbara Verrochi & Kristin Leigh


The Shala’s orientation toward meditation is informed by the teachings of preeminent teachers Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron, Joseph Goldstein, and Sebene Selassie.


Sign up for drop in classes by clicking on the date and teacher in schedule to your left.
Drop-in: $35 Constance Kassor & Sharon Salzberg
Drop-in $70: Kate Johnson
Drop-in $25: Barbara Verrochi & Kristin Leigh
Full Course: $580 - Register
Full Course + Teachers' Track: $1200 - Register
Recordings will be available.
Scholarships offered | inquire


  • Experiential learning
    • Study and interpret texts
    • Write and deliver dharma talks
    • Lead sitting groups 
    • Meet in small groups for practice, practice teaching, community involvement, and home study between monthly group meetings
  • Practical skill-building
    • Apply Buddhist philosophy and practices in developing meditations for field of study or profession 
    • Develop confidence, voice, and an authentic approach to teaching 
    • Learn adaptive methods for facilitating classes for a variety of audiences
  • Flexible application
    • Explore how to bring the dharma into everyday life at work, at home, and in community
    • Expand access to underserved populations 
  •  Includes once monthly:
    • Meetings with lead teachers
    • Meetings with peers
    • Scripted meditations based on teachings from Wednesday evenings
  • Time commitment: Daily meditation practice, attending Buddhist Studies classes, one monthly meeting with teachers, and one monthly meeting with peers.