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.

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:

November 17: Overcoming the Failings of the World

A Half-Day Retreat with Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni

We are all subject to eight worldly conditions: praise and blame, loss and gain, pleasure and pain, fame and shame.  The question is, what is the distinction between the “uninstructed run-of-the-mill person” caught in their web and the “well-taught disciple” who is without sorrow? During this half-day retreat, we will reflect on the life-changing insight offered by the Buddha on how to overcome the vicissitudes of life. This retreat is suitable for all levels and will include a short sutta reading and discussion followed by four Dharma contemplations interspersed with sitting meditation periods.

Saturday, November 17
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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

$45 Basic
$60 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 financial hardship is an obstacle to your attending.

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.

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Ven. Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor, is cofounder and co-abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage and codirector of Heartwood Refuge, a new intentional community and residential retreat and conference center in Hendersonville, NC. She is president of the Treasure Human Life Foundation. Ordained in the Theravada and Chan traditions, she remains a disciple of Great Master Kuang Seng, continues Vajrayana empowerments and teachings with beloved Rinpoche Zhaxi Zhouma and received transmission from Roshi Bernie Glassman of Zen Peacemaker. Pannavati is both contemplative and empowered for compassionate service. Read more about Ven. Pannavati here.

Next Residential Retreat:

January 11-13: Calm, Still, Quiet

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


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.

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

Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA

$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

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.

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