Day Programs

December 15: Love in the Midst of Dominance
January 19: Insight Meditation and Healing the Heart
February 16: Unbalanced World, Balanced Mind: Meditation for Difficult Times

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.

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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.

January 19: Insight Meditation and Healing the Heart

A Half-Day Retreat with Matthew Daniell

Description
Insight meditation teaches us to calm the mind by grounding and steadying attention in the present moment.  From this place of quiet inner strength we can learn to open into a fuller range of mental, emotional, and physical experiences. As our attention rests more fully and inclusively in the present moment, we are given the space and inner warmth to be more fully human, more fully alive. The heart has the opportunity to open to its innate capacities of wisdom, compassion, and healing.

This insight meditation retreat will work with the postures of sitting, standing, waking, and lying down as we feel the silent support of the community we form together. There will be guided meditation, and the opportunity for discussion and exploring strategies for integrating the practice into our daily lives after the silence ends. This program is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

When
Saturday, January 19
1 – 4:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA

Cost
$35 Base
$45 Sustaining (actual cost of the program)
$55 Contributing
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) for the teacher 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.

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Teacher
Matthew Daniell has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over 30 years. He studied Zen in Japan, Tibetan Buddhism in India, and Insight Meditation in India, Burma, Thailand, and the United States. His teachers include Munindra, Dipa Ma, Larry Rosenberg, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack Kornfield. Matthew is a founder of the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport, as well as its primary and guiding teacher. He also teaches at various retreat centers, including the Omega Institute, Kripalu, and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. He is a member of the Religious Services Department at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he leads meditation groups for students and faculty, and he teaches online through eMindful.org.

February 16: Unbalanced World, Balanced Mind: Meditation for Difficult Times

A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty

Description
The world is often not as we want it to be. This is an understatement. Politically, socially, environmentally, we are confronted with the truth that human beings dominate the earth, while deeply embedded illusions of many types limit freedom for some people and protect it for others. On a personal level, each of us faces the continuous challenge of sustaining well-being within a constantly changing set of conditions within our work, family, health, and relationships. The Buddha’s teachings propose that through meditation practice, we can achieve equanimity, a mind that remains balanced when the world is out of balance. Is this a real possibility for us? If so, how? What if we have doubt or feel overwhelmed?

This half-day retreat will explore the Buddha’s teachings on equanimity through meditation practices that are relevant to our personal lives today. It is open to all levels of experience – beginners are welcome and encouraged.

When
Saturday, February 16
1 – 4:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA

Cost
$35 Base
$45 Sustaining (actual cost of the program)
$55 Contributing
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) for the teacher 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
Chris Crotty, a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine, is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center. He has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo; Western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition; and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Learn more about Chris here.