Day Programs

May 11: Cultivating Friendship on the Path: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
May 25: Embodied: Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation
June 8: The Path of Peace & Freedom
June 22: Compassionate Awareness
August 10: Attachment and Nonattachment: The Dharma of Relationship

May 11: Cultivating Friendship on the Path: An Insight Dialogue Retreat

A Half-Day Retreat with Janet Surrey

Description
This afternoon retreat will offer Insight Dialogue meditation practice to contemplate the power of spiritual friendship on the Buddha’s eightfold path. We will look at classical teachings and contemporary challenges and opportunities for the cultivation and nourishment of such friendship in our lives. This important aspect of the path has not yet been fully appreciated and supported in many contemporary Buddhist communities, and there is currently increasing attention to this factor of meditative practice and strengthening community.

Insight Dialogue is a relational meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and our human sensitivity and power in relationships. It has the same purpose and roots of silent meditation: developing mindfulness, compassion and liberating insight while investigating the truth of the present moment together.

In this retreat the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue will be introduced: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. The retreat is open to new as well as experienced practitioners of Insight Dialogue.

When
Saturday, May 11
1 – 4:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, 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
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 studied with Metta Programs founder Gregory Kramer since 2007. Her original teacher was Vimala Thakar, but Jan has also done many retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and Joanna Macy. 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. 

 

May 25: Embodied: Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation

A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty and David Schouela

Description
Yoga and Buddhism share the same aim – the liberation of body, mind, and heart. Postures and breath practice support the body and mind for meditation, and mindfulness enables a more intentional, awareness-based yoga. This program is open to anyone interested in exploring the relationship between yoga asana (postures) and insight meditation. Together these mutually supportive practices foster self-awareness and insight into the conditions that underlie greater well-being and personal freedom.

This half-day retreat includes alternating periods of yoga postures and guided meditation based on the Four Foundations of mindfulness, and is aimed at helping students deepen concentration and investigate the true nature of mind and body. Yoga sessions will draw from yin, kripalu, and vini-yoga, and will be accessible to all levels of practitioners (of both yoga and meditation), including beginners.

When
Saturday, May 25
2 – 5:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, 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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Teachers
Chris Crotty, a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine, is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center. He has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo; Western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition; and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Learn more about Chris here.David Schouela is a workshop facilitator and certified yoga teacher-trainer. David is on the teaching faculty for the trauma-sensitive yoga certificate program offered through the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. In 2004, David cofounded True North Insight, a Canadian charitable organization offering a full schedule of Buddhist Insight meditation retreats and courses in English and French. David is a founding board member of Boston Meditation Center and is currently pursuing a masters in social work at Simmons University in Boston.

June 8: The Path of Peace & Freedom

Daylong Retreat with Sayadaw U Inndaka and Chris Crotty
Cosponsored by BMC and IMC Newburyport

Description
Insight meditation (vipassana) is the central Buddhist practice aimed at awakening. The Buddha taught that the cause of discontent and suffering can be understood, and this insight, or wisdom, is the natural foundation for greater peace, well-being, and freedom. Through the practice of insight meditation we calm and stabilize the mind, and then we investigate the mind’s true nature. We wake up to the truth of life, and we enjoy the freedom of our awakened mind.

On this retreat, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka and Chris Crotty will guide students in the development of insight through dharma instruction and alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation. This is a unique opportunity to practice and learn with Sayadaw U Inndaka, and to rest your mind in the quiet natural surroundings of Insight Meditation Center Newburyport.

Note: This daylong program is part of our June weeklong retreat; if you are interested in participating in the full retreat, please visit our Residential Retreats page.

When
Saturday, June 6
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (or you may stay as late as 9 p.m.)

Where
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA

Cost
$90, plus an opportunity to offer dana for the teachers at the end of the program. Please let us know if finances are an obstacle.

Registration
To register, click the button below 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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Teachers
Sayadaw U Inndaka was born in 1952 in Upper Burma and ordained in 1972. Starting in 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Center in Mandalay. In 1996 he became the abbot of the newly established Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center on the outskirts of Yangon, the capital of Burma (now called Myanmar). Sayadaw U Inndaka’s books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.

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.

June 22: Compassionate Awareness

A Half-Day Retreat with Matthew Daniell

Description
Compassionate awareness arises naturally when our mindfulness is open and connected. It is not so concerned with perfecting concentration on the breath or any object in particular. Nor is it concerned with eliminating thoughts. Its strength lies in fostering relaxation through emphasizing a light steady touch of attention. It teaches us to rest with experience as it is rather than insisting that it be this way or that. This allows us to be with ourselves and others in a more open and flexible way. We experience a sense of ease where clear seeing and wise action flow, naturally bridging the gap between formal meditation and daily life. Come and explore for yourself how compassionate awareness can strengthen wisdom and joy in your life. And the best part is is that it takes less effort than you might think!

When
Saturday, June 22
1 – 4:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, 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.

August 10: Attachment and Nonattachment: The Dharma of Relationship

A Half-Day Workshop with Chris Crotty, MA, and Julia Barry, LMFT, SEP

Description
One of the basic tenants of Buddhist practice is that attachment causes suffering. Western psychology, on the other hand, promotes secure attachment in relationship as central to physical, emotional, and psychological well-being, health, and happiness. How do we resolve this paradox? How do we resolve our need for deep connection in relationship alongside our wish for the deep happiness espoused by Buddhist teachings? How can meditation help us achieve greater ease, skill, and satisfaction in our relationships?  In this program we will explore Buddhist teachings on impermanence and not-self, as well as attachment theory, which addresses how our early childhood relationships inform our adult views and behaviors. The format will include meditation instruction, Buddhist and Western teachings on attachment, and relational mindfulness practices. We are all in relationship, whether it be intimate partnership, family, friendship, or community – all are welcome and encouraged to attend this program!

When
Saturday, August 10
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA

Cost
$45 Base
$55 Sustaining (actual cost of the program)
$65 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.

Payment Options

Teachers
Chris Crotty, a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine, is the guiding teacher of Boston Meditation Center. He has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo; Western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition; and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris is an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. Learn more about Chris here.

Julia Barry is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Somatic Experiencing® and EMDR practitioner in Boston. Julia’s clinical practice focuses on the treatment of single-event trauma, complex trauma, dissociative disorders, anxiety, depression, mother/infant bonding, relationship issues, sex and sexuality, and personal growth. Julia has received training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, with an emphasis on adult and infant attachment as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, Somatic Experiencing® (a body-based method for working with trauma) and EMDR. Learn more about Julia here.