Day Programs

May 30: Stress, Relaxation, and Release
June 13: Opening the Heart, Easing the Mind: Introduction to the Tibetan Practice of Tonglen
June 27: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion as a Path to Social Justice
July 11: Insight Meditation and Relaxing the Mind

May 30: Stress, Relaxation, and Release

A Half-Day Online 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
A Zoom link will be emailed one hour before the start of 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.

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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 Online 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
A Zoom link will be emailed one hour before the start of 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.

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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: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion as a Path to Social Justice

A Half-Day Online Workshop Zayda Vallejo

Description

Our practices of awakening consciousness allow us to keep our hearts open, maintain emotional balance, see with clarity, and expand our resilience. This awareness guides the way to heal ourselves and to become effective agents of change, equity, and social justice.

During our time together we will practice mindfulness meditation and lovingkindness. We will reflect on our personal and cultural perceptions, biases, and conditionings. We will explore the opportunity that we all have to navigate a life committed to co-creating a more equitable and harmonious world.

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

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed one hour before the start of 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.

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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.