Facilitator Training

Community Dharma Facilitator Training (CDFT)
Embodying wisdom and kindness: an in-depth dharma training for our times

Who is hospitable, and friendly,
Liberal and unselfish,
A guide, an instructor, a leader,
Such a one to honour may attain.
– Dīgha Nikāya 3.273

BMC’s guiding teacher, Chris Crotty, will support a cohort of dedicated dharma practitioners to develop the foundational skills required to better serve their communities by applying the Dharma to matters of individual and social suffering.

Community Dharma Facilitator Training (CDFT) reflects BMC’s vision to create and guide a ‘culture of care’, where the virtues of wisdom and kindness help sustain wellbeing for all people everywhere. Building on the premise that Buddhist teachings provide a framework for a purposeful life, CDFT offers an in-depth opportunity to broaden one’s own relationship to the Dharma while training in the skills required to embody and facilitate the Buddha’s highest ideals.

Through ongoing reflection of what it means to create and sustain a culture of care, the CDFT explores the intersection of individual practice, group facilitation, and leadership, to form a contemplative personal training that is also socially relevant and applicable to the world we live in, and which specifically supports participants to bring the Dharma more fully into their life and work.

As a Dharma student preparing to better serve your community (or communities) the CDFT will help you to recognize service as practice, and will support you in translating the Dharma in ways that are personally meaningful and relevant to the challenges of our times, while grounding such skills in a lineage of authentic Dharma practice originating with the Buddha.

Who this training is for
CDFT is for students who are ready to become stewards of the Dharma, who want to help sustain the Buddha’s tradition of awakening, while evolving the way modern communities address human suffering. What all participants will have in common is a deep commitment to the Dharma, an ability and desire to work closely with like-minded practitioners to foster mutually supportive relationships, and a sincere commitment to integrating dharma practice into one’s vocational life.

CDFT is designed around many of the challenges and opportunities that progressive spiritual communities are currently facing, and will face in the years ahead. It is ideally suited for you if you want to better serve your Dharma center as a facilitator, peer-leader, staff, volunteer, or board member, and/or you want to establish a foundation in the insight lineage for ongoing long-term Dharma training. CDFT may also offer critical learning opportunities for anyone interested in Buddhist chaplaincy and pastoral care, including M.Div. and CPE students.

CDFT might also be for you if:
· You are an educator or teacher who wants to explore ways to integrate Buddhist principles, teachings, and meditation into the communities where you teach.

· You are a community organizer and/or leader interested in grounding your vision, leadership, and strategic thinking in the principles and practices of a “Buddhism” that merges the traditional and contemporary.

· You are a social service or mental health care worker who seeks the personal support and nurturance of the Dharma, while broadening your professional skills and enhancing your capacity for presence-based caregiving, grounded in a long-standing tradition of wisdom and kindness.

· You are a student of any discipline who is interested in furthering your Dharma practice and developing self-awareness, while exploring if and how the Dharma might fit into your educational studies and vocational path.

BMC originally planned to begin the CDFT in 2020, however due to COVID and the in-depth nature of the training – which includes in-person sessions at our new meditation center in Somerville, MA – we have had to postpone the start. We currently anticipate the program to begin early 2022, with applications being accepted during the fall of 2021.

The program will consist of four, three-day modules held at Boston Meditation Center over the course of approximately 16 months. As such, CDFT is open to students who live anywhere who can travel to Boston for the required three-day modules which will take place Friday through Sunday.

Applying to CDFT
Acceptance into the CDFT is by application and the cohort size will be limited. Tuition costs have not been finalized though will be equivalent to similar professional and vocational trainings.

Students representing marginalized populations are encouraged to apply. BMC is establishing a scholarship fund to support you. Allowances per person will be partial scholarships in order to disperse these limited funds to as many people as possible across BMC’s programming. Our approach to scholarships are needs-based and equity-focused, meaning that we distribute a greater percentage of our overall scholarship budget to those who have been historically under-represented.

If you want more information about the CDFT please let us know by emailing info@bostonmeditationcenter.org. Your name will be added to a list of interested candidates for this program and we will write to you and let you know when the CDFT application is available.