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:

October 25-28: Calm, Clarity, & Wisdom

A Meditation and Study Retreat with Chris Crotty
Assisted by Sarah Mitchell


Retreat provides a unique opportunity to slow the pace of your life, quiet the mind, and investigate the Buddha’s teachings. Supported by silence, nature, daily meditation, and periods of study, this practice and study retreat provides a unique setting to still the mind and then examine core Buddhist teachings through Dharma talks, personal reflection, and discussion. The purpose is to develop a better understanding of how meditation helps us investigate Buddhist teachings, and how study of Buddhist teachings helps us understand and integrate meditative experience into our life in ways that are personally and socially relevant – the wisdom that results helps us avoid the causes of suffering, allowing happiness and wellbeing to blossom within ourselves, our family, communities, and society.

Open to both new and experienced meditators, this residential retreat will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily instructional talks (Dharma talks), and teacher-guided periods of study and reflection. An excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to include or further integrate Buddhist suttas into their Dharma path.

October 25-28 (Thursday to Sunday)

Angels’ Rest Retreat Center
Leyden, MA (western Mass.)

$390 Base
$440 Sustaining
$490 Supporting
$330 Camping (limited number of slots; bring your own tent)
Paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. Please note that teachers and staff do not receive any money from residential retreat registration fees; there is an opportunity at the end of the retreat to offer dana (generosity) in any amount you wish to support them.

To register, please download the registration form and fill it out and submit it. You may pay by mailing a check, authorizing a credit card transaction, or via PayPal by selecting your pricing option below and then clicking “Register.” There are limited scholarship funds available for this retreat; to apply, also download and complete the scholarship application.

Autumn Insight Retreat Registration Form
Autumn Insight Retreat Scholarship Form


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Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in wellness and alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has taken retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, scholar-practitioner Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center.