Day Programs

November 17: Overcoming the Failings of the World
December 15: Love in the Midst of Dominance

November 17: Overcoming the Failings of the World

A Half-Day Retreat with Ven. Pannavati Bhikkhuni

Description
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.

When
Saturday, November 17
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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

Cost
$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.

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 Level

Teacher
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.

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.