Day Programs

August 15: Alone and Together: Spiritual Friendship & Resilience for Difficult Times
August 29: Working with Conceptual Thought in the Practice of Insight Meditation

August 15: Alone and Together: Spiritual Friendship & Resilience for Difficult Times

A Workshop with Chris Crotty & Susan Shannon

Description
With care and practice the Dharma can become a refuge, a place to find respite and spiritual nourishment during the hardest of times. In this unique program, we will gather virtually to create a refuge with each other and for each other, coming together to give and receive true spiritual friendship through listening, witnessing, meditating, and finding connection within our personal and collective narratives. These narratives–or stories–take many forms and have many expressions: some of them we might want to change, some might want to be heard for the first time, and others we may not even have words for yet.

Facilitators Chris Crotty and Susan Shannon, both active members of the Center for Spiritual Care & Pastoral Formation, will co-create with participants a Community Dharma Discussion where our connection might potentially weave or re-weave threads of resilience, personal power, spiritual direction and interconnection. This program will include periods of meditation practice.

Everyone is welcome. Pre-registration required.

When
Saturday, August 15, 2020
12:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Cost
$25 Base
$35 Sustaining
$45 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. Scholarships are available for anyone experiencing financial hardships.

This program will also be offered at no cost for COVID-19 frontline workers. Please email info@bostonmeditationcenter.org for more information.

Payment Options

Teachers
Chris Crotty, MA, BCCC, BCPC is Dharma teacher in the Insight tradition, Buddhist chaplain, and pastoral counselor. He is the founder and guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center, and an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Chris is interested in the role of kindness and ethics in the development of wisdom, and as a basis for creating caring communities.

Susan Shannon, M. Div. is a seeker, teacher, earth and animal steward, and devotee of the heart. She has worked in the fields of Emotional Literacy and Restorative Justice for over 20 years, incorporating over 45 years of Buddhist practice and study from the Tibetan tradition. She has worked among diverse populations all her life in varying capacities including Tibetan Refugees, the homeless, the differently-abled, at-risk youth, and most recently, a Buddhist Chaplain to the men in San Quentin State Prison and Death Row. She currently resides in the San Juan Islands where she writes, provides spiritual coaching and tends her land.

August 29: Working with Conceptual Thought in the Practice of Insight Meditation

A Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Michael Bresnan

Description
Most people recognize that their thinking minds frequently make them miserable, and meditators, in particular, often see uninvited thought as the bane of their practice. The problem is that, as human beings, we cannot live without conceptual thought. This dilemma, that thought makes us miserable, but we can’t live without it, can be resolved when we stop perceiving thought as self. In this half-day retreat, we will discuss the role that narrative thought plays in establishing and sustaining mental/emotional suffering. We will also learn how we can change our relationship to conceptual thought with insight meditation, by cultivating the ability to recognize thought as sense contact, rather than self, and seeing that we can therefore choose whether to engage it or not.

This retreat will involve both discussion and silent practice, and is suitable for all levels.

When
Saturday, August 29, 2020
9:30am – 1:00pm

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Cost
$25 Base
$35 Sustaining
$45 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. Scholarships are available for anyone experiencing financial hardships.

This program will also be offered at no cost for COVID-19 frontline workers. Please email info@bostonmeditationcenter.org for more information.

Payment Options

Teacher
Michael Bresnan is a licensed psychologist, with a specialty in mindfulness, and has been practicing traditional insight meditation for over 25 years. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation in Wenham, MA, and the Redding Center for Meditation in Redding, CT. He has practiced in the Thai Forest tradition for many years with teachers, Ajahn Da Nilpant, Ajahn Thong Abhakaro, and Ajahn Niphen Nontamart.