Day Programs

July 11: Insight Meditation and Relaxing the Mind
July 27 & August 3: Seeds of Harm, Seeds of Care: Exploring Whiteness in a Racist World
August 29: Working with Conceptual Thought in the Practice of Insight Meditation

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, July 11, 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

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.

July 27 & August 3: Seeds of Harm, Seeds of Care: Exploring Whiteness in a Racist World

A 2-Class Program for White People with Chris Crotty

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Only keep the question, ‘what is the best way of helping other people’  – Zen Master Doge

Description

We have inherited a legacy of racism that is not in alignment with the Dharma’s aspiration of freedom for all people. The truth of this indicates a gap in our learning as a society and as individuals. For this to change, white people must develop a greater understanding of what whiteness is and what it means. It is only with this knowledge that white people can effectively reduce harm caused through body, speech, and mind, while beginning to take steps towards acts of wisdom that challenge and uproot the causes of systemic inequality and violence in our society.

This 2-class online program begins by examining a core tenet of Buddhism, which is that all views and perceptions either cause suffering or alleviate it. Using meditation, readings, reflection questions, and discussion, we will first work to become more aware of our own views, and then together we will explore how certain views form biases and prejudice which can cause discrimination and uphold racism within our communities. The program will include a presentation aimed at defining key terms and providing participants with a conceptual foundation and vocabulary for discussing whiteness, privilege, and power.

Who is this program for?

This program is for people who identify as white or may be perceived as white in their community. This program offers an opportunity for white people to explore critical questions related to whiteness and racism, to gather together as white people to support each other in developing greater racial awareness, and to learn how to become more accountable for, and responsive to, racism in our society.

More Info

Conversations about whiteness and racism can be uncomfortable, because invariably, many of our most long-standing and deeply held views are challenged. It is imperative that participants bring an open mind and heart, alongside a strong desire to learn.

This is not a professional training, nor is the facilitator an anti-racism educator. This is a peer-led workshop for white people who want to work together to develop a better understanding of how to reduce the negative and harmful impacts of racism within ourselves and our society. As part of this program, participants will receive a resource list with suggestions for ongoing education and study.

There is no cost for this program, nor is the teacher accepting dana (generosity). However BMC encourages and continues the tradition of giving at all of its programs. Please consider making a donation to NAACP Boston Branch, Black Live Matter Boston, or the Massachusetts Bail Fund.

When
Monday July 27 and Monday August 3
5:30pm – 8:00pm ET
Please note, you must attend both classes

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants before the program.

Registration

This program is offered at no cost, but please email info@bostonmeditationcenter.org to confirm your registration.

Facilitator

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 was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka (Chanmyay Myaing, Myanmar).

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.