Programs

October 13: Awakening Together: The Power of Spiritual Friendship
October 25-28: Calm, Clarity, & Wisdom
November 17: Overcoming the Failings of the World
January 11-13: Calm, Still, Quiet

October 13: Awakening Together: The Power of Spiritual Friendship

A Half-Day Retreat with Janet Surrey

Description
This retreat will be an introduction to Insight Dialogue, a fully engaged relational meditation practice in the Theravadan tradition. Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering.

In this retreat we will introduce the six meditative guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. We will explore the importance of spiritual friendship on the Path, and how Insight Dialogue practice supports our capacity for nourishing spiritual friendship in our lives.

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence as we explore the power of listening and speaking out of Silence. The retreat is appropriate for those new to and experienced with Insight Dialogue. Prior meditation experience is suggested.

When
Saturday, October 13
1 – 4:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, 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.

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
Janet Surrey, PhD, is an Insight Dialogue teacher. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice group in the Boston area. Jan has been a faculty member of Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs’ Teachers Council. Read more about Jan here.

October 25-28: Calm, Clarity, & Wisdom

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

Description

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.

When
October 25-28 (Thursday to Sunday)

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

Cost
$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.

Registration
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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Teacher
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.

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.

January 11-13: Calm, Still, Quiet

Winter Weekend Retreat with Chris Crotty

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 (Friday to Sunday)

Where
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA

Registration
Registration for this retreat is not yet open – please check back soon!