About this IMS Online Program

Tuesdays, January 30 - February 20, 2024

4:00 - 5:30 pm ET

Registration is closed.

Is it possible to be a parent and still be fully committed to the Buddhist path? Can parents have a deep practice? The lack of sleep, the constant attention to others, the ongoing household chores, and the obstacles to going on retreat all might lead one to feel that being a parent is a hindrance to real insight. But what if the opposite were true? What if parenting could actually be an awakening experience, in and of itself? This program, taught by two parents, will explore and celebrate the many ways that being a parent has the potential to be its own path to awakening. We will gather inspiration through sharing stories; we will practice, reflect, and play together; and we will remember the wisdom of parents walking the path before us.

In an effort to make this program accessible for the busy lives of parents, participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they are able; it is ok to miss a couple of sessions if need be.

Meet Your Teachers

Cara Lai

Cara Lai has spent most of her life in pursuit of meaning and happiness, which landed her on a cushion for much of her adult life. Throughout many mind-body adventures including many long-term retreats, she has explored the concentrated mind, chronic illness, the value of pleasure, the power of maternal energy, and connection to the earth. In the past, Cara has worked as an artist, wilderness guide, social worker and psychotherapist. Now she finds herself intently focused on the dharma path, practicing both on and off the cushion in unconventional ways, and using intuition as her guide. She tries her best to teach from the most authentic and vulnerable place she can muster, and is still learning about the contentment of simply existing.

Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik has been teaching meditation since 2009, with a special focus on diverse communities. He brings the practice to juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools, and is passionate about supporting people finding new ways to relate to life’s stresses. Bart is guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New York City.

More Information

  • Equity Pricing Model

    As one part of our ongoing effort to expand access to the teachings of the Buddha, all IMS Online programs feature equity-based registration fees, including the opportunity to self-select a low-cost scholarship rate. No-fee enrollment is available for those who request a fee-waiver at [email protected], no questions asked. Our system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and is made possible by our generous donors and those who choose to support other students by contributing at the “Benefactor” level.

  • Registration Deadline

    Registration for this program closes on February 6, 2024.

  • Program Recordings

    This program will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the live sessions. On-demand videos will be available to registered participants for 90 days.

  • Additional Questions

    If you have additional questions please contact us at [email protected].