Spiritual Life offers many regular programs and faith-based observations throughout the year. We also celebrate a diverse range of holidays! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved!
Most programs and events, unless otherwise indicated, take place in the Merrill and Dakin Living Room, the Enfield Prayer Room, or the Spiritual Life Center (Greenwich Donut 5). The Spiritual Life Center houses a diverse library of religious and faith-oriented texts, and serves as a designated space for group discussions and for the celebration of religious diversity. If you or your group would like to hold a meeting there, please contact Maria Cartagena at mcDO@hampshire.edu.
Come talk to us if you would like help dealing with the crises and transitions of life. Our spiritual counseling and support is individual and completely confidential.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30–5 p.m.
Spiritual Life Center (Donut 5)
Whether you are a meditation master or a beginner practitioner, you will appreciate this 20-minutes sitting meditation. As you sit, relax, and refocus, you become more aware of your body sensations, thoughts, and emotions, and gradually begin to unbind your hearts and live more joyful lives!
Fridays, Noon–1 p.m. (9/24, 10/17, 11/22, 12/19, 1/31, 2/28, and 4/3)
Dakin Living Room
Practicing mindfulness can help relieve stress, increase resilience, and foster a greater sense of clarity as we navigate life's ups and downs. Come share a meal and learn about mindfulness (beyond the media hype), and also have a chance to experience it. These practices are non-religious and are designed for people with little or no experience, but will also be relevant for people with a lot of experience. Practices may include mindful eating, gentle movement, and guided meditation, depending on what seems needed in the moment.
This program is led by Sharón Friedner, meditation and yoga instructor and Associate Director of CORC.
Our Multifaith Council offers many additional opportunities throughout the year for students, staff, and faculty to get involved in multifaith dialogues!
Friday, 9/13, 5–7 p.m., Solar Canopy
Blessing of the Hands is a symbol of healing, wellness, and strength. Whether you are religious or non-religious, you are welcome to join this ceremony and start your academic year with lots of blessings! The ritual is brief, lasting only a moment or two but can be a powerful and meaningful lasting experience to those who receive it!
Fridays, Noon–1 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Come listen to staff, faculty, and alums share the share the twists and turns of where they have sought and found meaning in their lives!
9/20 Maria Cartagena, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
10/4 Djola Branner, Vice President for Student Affairs
11/15 Ed Wingenbach, President
3/6 Sue Darlington, Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies
Friday, 11/22, 6:30–8 p.m., Dakin Living Room
Celebrate religious and spiritual diversity on campus over a delicious meal with our Multi-Faith Council! All are welcome regardless of religious background.
Thursday, 3/5, @5–7 p.m.
Text with any question about spiritual practice or belief, religious life at Hampshire, a delivery location, and donut request (glazed/frosted/vegan) and we'll bring you a free donut and share thoughts from a variety of perspectives!
Our Jewish Student Union (JSU) is committed to serving Jewish students on campus by providing spiritual and cultural programming to help Jewish individuals consider the possibilities of what it means to be Jewish, explore the varieties of Jewish experience, and deepen their connection to Judaism and to their identities and personal relation to spirituality. Join the JSU email list to get the most up-to-date information about upcoming events.
Fridays, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Sunday, 9/29, 5 p.m., Red Barn
Wednesday, 10/8, 6 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Sunday, 2/9, 5:30–7 p.m., Red Barn
Celebrate the New Year of the Trees! Come read love poetry to the trees and all of nature. Play music and sing with the trees. Feast on the tree's fruits. This event is open to all
Monday 3/9–Tuesday 3/10, 5:30 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Friday 4/8, 6 p.m., Virtual Gathering
Wednesday, 5/13, 5:30–7 p.m., Virtual Gathering
Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Dakin Living Room
Every Last Thursday of the Month, 6 p.m., Dakin Living Room
Wednesday, 9/25, 4:30 p.m., Meet at patio between Merrill Living Room and Dakin Living Room
Thursday, 12/12, 6 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Wednesday, 2/26, Noon-1 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Thursday, 4/9, 4 p.m., Virtual Gathering
Fridays, 1–2 p.m., Enfield Prayer Room
Friday, 6–8 p.m., Prescott Tavern
Friday, 2/21, 5–6:30 p.m., Dakin Living Room
Saturday, 3/7, 6–8 p.m., R.W. Kern Center
Hampshire College Muslim Students Association is excited to host the Five College Mixer and Game Night for this year. Come meet MSA folks from all the five colleges and play some fun games.
Thursday, 11/14, 6:30–9 p.m., Red Barn
Diwali is a festival that celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil. The festival breaks all barriers of age, gender, class to be celebrated by one and all in unison. We will be celebrating this event with Diwali puja, dance performances by five college student groups, and delicious food!
Friday, 2/29, 5–7 p.m., Merrill Living Room
Last week of April, Details TBD
Saturdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m., Dakin Living Room
In collaboration with Jampel Nyingpo Ling (Essence of Wisdom), a center for Tibetan Buddhist studies, Hampshire Spiritual Life Office sponsors a biweekly program which includes Tibetan Buddhist teaching, meditation practice, discussion, and tea-time. This program will be taught by Geshe Ngawang Singey. Geshe Ngawang was born in Tibet and left at age 17 to enter Sera Jey Monastery in south India, receiving novice and ordination vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
September 14, September 28 and October 12
The Seven-Point Cause and Effect Method, from the Maitreya/Asanga tradition: recognizing all beings as our mothers, recollecting their kindness, repaying their kindness, generating loving-kindness, extending compassion, taking responsibility, and aspiring to awaken our minds in order to help others
October 26, November 9 and November 23
Equalizing and Exchanging Oneself with Others, from the Manjushri/Nagarjuna tradition: cultivating equanimity, considering the disadvantages of self-cherishing and the advantages of appreciating others, exchanging self with others, and taking and giving (tong-len)
December 7: Review and discussion of the two methods for generating the awakening mind
February 22, March 7, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9 and May 23: Mind and Mental Factors
Beginning with the definition of mind as mere clarity and awareness -- the individual, subjective mental activity of experiencing things – Geshe Ngawang will explore the Buddha’s discovery that the “I” we all identify with exists, but merely as an imputation based on a continuity of ever changing moments of experiencing ever changing things. Various ways of our being aware of something will be identified: primary consciousnesses (eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind consciousnesses) mental factors (subsidiary awarenesses, or specific ways of being aware of something) and reflexive awareness. Textual materials will be made available by reference or handout.
Every Full Moon of the Month, Spiritual Life Center
Monday, 9/23, Spiritual Life Center
10/31 (Halloween), 6 p.m., Spiritual Life Center
Friday, 3/6, 5–7 p.m., Spiritual Life Center
Join us in the Spiritual Life Donut for a casual space to exchange tarot readings and astrology readings.