Day Programs

May 16: Being Still: Cultivating Insight for Wise Action
May 30: Stress, Relaxation, and Release
June 13: Opening the Heart, Easing the Mind: Introduction to the Tibetan Practice of Tonglen
June 27: Cultivating Compassion for Ourselves: A Self-Compassion Workshop
July 11: Insight Meditation and Relaxing the Mind

May 16: Being Still: Cultivating Insight for Wise Action

A Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Chris Crotty

Description

Stillness does not mean inaction. Rather the stability of mind cultivated through meditation is a foundation for discernment. In this half-day retreat we will practice insight meditation through periods of sitting and walking meditation, first to reduce reactivity, then to investigate our own mind. With a clear mind we can see our own habits, patterns, and tendencies, and this allows insight to mature naturally. As our capacity to “see clearly” develops, wisdom grows and is evidenced in our wise response to all of life.

Beginners and ongoing students welcome and encouraged to attend.

When
Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:30am – 1:00pm

Where
Boston Meditation Center
440 Somerville Ave. Unit 3A
Somerville, 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.

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Teacher

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.

May 30: Stress, Relaxation, and Release

A Half-Day Insight Dialogue Retreat with Janet Surrey

Description

In this retreat, we will explore the Four Noble Truths as the foundation for our meditation practice. Recognizing dukkha (stress) and the sources of stress in our lives and relationships, we can practice together to incline our bodies and hearts toward relaxation and release. The practice of Insight Dialogue, a relational meditation practice in the Theravada tradition, cultivates relational conditions which support and amplify the factors of mindfulness, serenity and release. The guidelines of Insight Dialogue (Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply and Speak the Truth) will be introduced and practiced in relationship. We will address direct application of these guidelines to our relational lives beyond formal meditation practice.

When
Saturday, May 30, 2020
9:30am – 1:00pm

Where
Boston Meditation Center
440 Somerville Ave. Unit 3A
Somerville, 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.

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Teacher

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 been a faculty member of Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs’ Teachers Council. Jan has studied with a number of Vipassana teachers for over twenty-five years, and has worked with Gregory Kramer since 2007. Her original teacher was Vimala Thakar, but Jan has also done many retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and Joanna Macy. In 2008 she completed a two-and-a-half-year Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. 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. Jan is dedicated to a lifelong exploration of the power of relationships to create suffering and the power of relationships to liberate and transform suffering. Jan lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

June 13: Opening the Heart, Easing the Mind: Introduction to the Tibetan Practice of Tonglen

A Half-Day Workshop Wendy Garling

Description

The Buddha taught that self-grasping is the root of all our troubles. As we cling to self we separate or split from others, leading to suffering through the negative emotions of indifference, attachment, and aversion. Every day we experience and witness ways this split between each other and our earth is causing more harm. It’s hard not to feel helpless.

Tonglen is a simple breath practice that helps us understand and reverse this process. Sometimes known as “taking and giving,” it is a powerful means to transform the ordinary self-cherishing attitude to the attitude of cherishing others. It is a practice of great kindness that opens our hearts to the presence of suffering and transforms separateness into qualities of love, compassion, and fearlessness. An ancient practice well-suited for contemporary times, tonglen can be a valuable tool in our daily lives and in navigating today’s difficult world.

This retreat will include discussion and guided meditation. Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome and encouraged.

When
Saturday, June 13, 2020
9:30am – 1:00pm

Where
Boston Meditation Center
440 Somerville Ave. Unit 3A
Somerville, 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

Wendy Garling is a writer, mother, independent scholar, and authorized dharma teacher with a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life, (2016, Shambhala Publications), a groundbreaking biography of the Buddha that relates his journey to awakening through the stories of Buddhism’s first women.

June 27: Cultivating Compassion for Ourselves: A Self-Compassion Workshop

A Half-Day Workshop Zayda Vallejo

Description

A directive found in almost all religions is “Love others as you love yourself.” Have we truly learned to love ourselves so we are able to extend love to others? Buddhist psychology does not envisage the possibility that any individual would wish himself ill. The concepts of self-hatred, unworthiness, wanting to harm oneself, or regarding our well-being as valueless, are extremely hard to comprehend for most Eastern meditation adepts. Everyone deep down wishes to be happy; no one really wants to suffer. Yet we often blame ourselves or others for not being as happy, balanced, or effective as we want to be – which causes more suffering.

It is not possible to offer to others what we don’t have ourselves. If extending self-compassion, kindness, and good will to ourselves is foreign to us, how would it be conceivable to offer genuine love, acceptance, and compassion to our loved ones and to others? This profound state of general unease and attack on oneself was labeled by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a “disease of the self.”

In this workshop, we will unpack the underlying belief that wishing good for ourselves and orienting our minds to loving, compassionate, befriending and embracing thoughts towards ourselves is not in any way selfish or indulgent. On the contrary, desiring and cultivating goodness towards oneself is an indispensable precursor to loving others. In our time together we will intersperse mindfulness practices with didactic teaching and discussion.

When
Saturday, June 27, 2020
9:30am – 1:00pm

Where
Boston Meditation Center
440 Somerville Ave. Unit 3A
Somerville, 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

Zayda Vallejo is an adjunct faculty member and part of the Supervisory Team and Certification Review Board at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been training professionals who aspire to teach the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program since 2006. 

She co-authored “Treating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents with Trauma and Substance-Abuse Disorders,” and “Moment-by-Moment in Women’s Recovery: A Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Program”. Zayda was born in Colombia, South America and completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and a Master’s degree in Political Economics at Oxford University in England. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1978.

July 11: Insight Meditation and Relaxing the Mind

A Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Matthew Daniell

Description

Often when we learn to meditate we apply a kind of striving effort that gets in the way of the calm and clarity that we hope to achieve. In this retreat we will work with specific strategies to open and relax our attention as we practice on retreat together.

Learning to soften, open and receive experience rather than forcing our attention on it, helps us to recognize and grow a non-oppositional quality of present moment awareness. Rotating the meditative forms of sitting, walking, standing and lying down support this and help to grow continuity of light steady awareness. Little by little we learn to touch and trust a unique kind of relaxation of the mind which has clarity and alertness built in. This approach may help us to embrace wisely a wide range of our experiences in formal meditation, as well as daily life.

This retreat is suitable for all levels of meditators.

When
Saturday, June 13, 2020
9:30am – 1:00pm

Where
Boston Meditation Center
440 Somerville Ave. Unit 3A
Somerville, 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.