About

Boston Meditation Center (BMC) is a Buddhist sangha in the Insight tradition serving greater Boston and the East Coast. Emphasizing the development of wisdom and kindness through traditional practices made accessible and relevant to modern-day lives, BMC welcomes everyone who seeks greater freedom and happiness in their lives. Central to our vision is the belief that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all. Our guiding teacher is Chris Crotty.

We offer weekly meditation classes and dharma talks, as well as daylong and residential retreats. We are currently located in Cambridge (Harvard Square).

Weekly Meditation

BMC meets every Thursday from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Karma Yoga Studio in Harvard Square (1120 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge). Meetings typically begin with 20 to 30 minutes of guided meditation, followed by a dharma talk and discussion with our guiding teacher, Chris Crotty, or another teacher or facilitator. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Though grounded in the Theravada tradition, we strive to expose our members to diverse approaches to the dharma by occasionally hosting teachers from other traditions, such as Tibetan or Zen Buddhism.

Thursday Schedule

Next Day Program:

December 15: Love in the Midst of Dominance

A Half-Day Workshop with Leslie Booker

Description
The poet and author audre lorde beautifully said, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”

And yet here we are forty years later, still using the master’s tools of greed, hatred, and delusion as the dominating force in power and privilege structures. What would it be like to lay these down and pick up the tool of love . . . not the sentimental and anemic kind, but the kind of fierce love that calls you up, and allows us to have more intimacy with our discomfort, so that we can also move away from our pain?

This half-day workshop will include small-group discussions, heart work, and embodied practice to allow us to tap into our full experience.

When
Saturday, December 15
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where
Boston Center for Contemplative Practice
796 Beacon Street
Newton Centre, MA

Cost
$35 Basic
$50 Sustaining
Paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. There is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) at the end of the program. Please let us know if finances are an obstacle.

Registration
To register, select your preferred pricing option from the drop-down menu below and then click the button to submit payment via PayPal; in a day or two you will receive a confirmation email. Please email us at info@bostonmeditationcenter.org with any questions.

Payment Options

Teacher
Leslie Booker (Booker) brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, embodied practice, and activism. She began working with system-involved populations in 2005 and was a senior teacher and director of training with Lineage Project for ten years, and facilitated an intervention on Riker’s Island from 2009 to 2011 through NYU. Booker shares her expertise nationally on creating culturally responsive environments and changing the paradigm of self and community care. She is a cofounder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. Booker is a contributor to the text Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System (2017), and is on the faculty of the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and Off the Mat Into the World. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012), Community Dharma Leaders training (2017), and will complete Spirit Rock’s Teacher Training in 2020. Read more about Booker here.

Next Residential Retreat:

January 11-13: Calm, Still, Quiet

Winter Weekend Retreat with Chris Crotty
Cosponsored by IMC Newburyport and BMC

Description

In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.
– John Burroughs

Winter is a natural time for turning inward, while retreat provides an opportunity to focus attention on your meditation practice and contemplate the Buddha’s teachings. In this second annual Winter Residential Retreat with Chris, the outer stillness of the natural world supports us in quieting our mind, and directly experiencing the calm and stillness of concentration. With a mind free from distraction, we use mindfulness (insight meditation) to investigate the path to peace taught by the Buddha and perfected during retreat practice for over 2500 years.

Combining periods of sitting and walking meditation with Dharma teachings, the Winter Residential Retreat is held in noble silence. This retreat is suitable for those who have not yet sat retreat, as well as ongoing practitioners who wish to further their practice – meditation instruction and dharma talks will accommodate all experience levels.

When
January 11-13, 2019 (5 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday)

Where
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA

Cost
$300 Residential
$200 Commuter
$90 Saturday only
This retreat has both residential and commuter options; the residential option allows for a more immersive retreat experience, while the commuter option allows you to sleep at home each night for a lower cost. In addition, there is a Saturday-only daylong option which runs the full day, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or as late as 9 p.m. (your option).

Below is an additional information sheet provided by IMCN.
IMCN Additional Information

Registration
To register for this retreat, select a payment option from the drop-down menu below and then click “Register” to pay online via PayPal. This is all you need to do to register; you will receive a confirmation email shortly thereafter. For other payment options, or if finances are an obstacle, or you have other questions, please email us at info@bostonmeditationcenter.org.

Retreat Option