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).
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. Donations are gratefully accepted.
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.
A Half-Day Retreat with Janet Surrey
This afternoon retreat will offer Insight Dialogue meditation practice to contemplate the power of spiritual friendship on the Buddha’s eightfold path. We will look at classical teachings and contemporary challenges and opportunities for the cultivation and nourishment of such friendship in our lives. This important aspect of the path has not yet been fully appreciated and supported in many contemporary Buddhist communities, and there is currently increasing attention to this factor of meditative practice and strengthening community.
Insight Dialogue is a relational meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and our human sensitivity and power in relationships. It has the same purpose and roots of silent meditation: developing mindfulness, compassion and liberating insight while investigating the truth of the present moment together.
In this retreat the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue will be introduced: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. The retreat is open to new as well as experienced practitioners of Insight Dialogue.
Saturday, May 11
1 – 4:30 p.m.
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
$45 Sustaining (actual cost of the program)
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.
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Janet Surrey, PhD, is an Insight Dialogue teacher with the organization Metta Programs. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice group in the Boston area. Jan has studied with Metta Programs founder Gregory Kramer since 2007. Her original teacher was Vimala Thakar, but Jan has also done many retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and Joanna Macy. Jan is a practicing clinical psychologist and founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is on the faculty and board of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
With Sayadaw U Inndaka, Chris Crotty, & May Myint Oo
Cosponsored by BMC and IMC Newburyport
Insight meditation (vipassana) is the central Buddhist practice aimed at awakening. The Buddha taught that the cause of discontent and suffering can be understood, and this insight, or wisdom, is the natural foundation for greater peace, well-being, and freedom. Through the practice of insight meditation we calm and stabilize the mind, and then we investigate the mind’s true nature. We wake up to the truth of life, and we enjoy the freedom of our awakened mind.
On this retreat, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka and Chris Crotty will guide students in the development of insight through guided meditation, extended silence, individual interviews, and dharma talks. This is a unique opportunity to practice and learn with Sayadaw U Inndaka, and to rest your mind in the quiet natural surroundings of Insight Meditation Center Newburyport.
June 6-13, 2019 (Thursday to Thursday)
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA
Residential: $630 (base); $770 (sustaining); $980 (contributing)
Commuter: $350 (base); $490 (sustaining); $560 (contributing)
Saturday only: $90
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. There are three payment levels for each option; paying at the highest level you can afford allows us to offer our programs to as many people as possible. 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).
To register, click the link below to download the registration form; if you need financial assistance, you may also download the scholarship application form. Fill out and return the registration form either by mail or email; to pay, you may send a $200 deposit along with your registration form, or you may pay in full now by selecting a payment option below and clicking “Register.” If you are registering for the Saturday-only option, you do not need to complete a registration form, you may just submit the $90. Further details are on the forms, but if you have questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Sayadaw U Inndaka was born in 1952 in Upper Burma and ordained in 1972. Starting in 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Center in Mandalay. In 1996 he became the abbot of the newly established Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center on the outskirts of Yangon, the capital of Burma (now called Myanmar). Sayadaw U Inndaka’s books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.
May Myint Oo (Mimmi) has been practicing meditation since 1992. She sat intensive retreats for many years at the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center, where she studied under Sayadaw U Janaka and was a volunteer translator and assistant to meditators. Since 2004 she has translated on a volunteer basis for Sayadaw U Inndaka at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center and on his teaching trips to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere.
Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in 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 was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka.