Day Programs

July 21: Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB): Integrating Science and Dharma Practice
August 10: Attachment and Nonattachment: The Dharma of Relationship
October 19: The Dharma of Resiliency

July 21: Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB): Integrating Science and Dharma Practice

A Half-Day Workshop with Dave Smith

Description
Our emotions can lead us to our greatest joys and most painful sorrows. In their most creative capacity, they are guides pointing us toward who we truly are and what is most meaningful in our lives. At their most destructive, we are caught by them: lost in the grip of anger, sadness, fear, or overwhelm. This suffering is something we have all felt, but we can create more space, choice, and ease in the face of it.

Cultivating Emotional Balance was born at the Mind and Life Conference in Dharamsala in 2000. The subject for this meeting of a group of scientists, philosophers, and monks with H.H. the Dalai Lama was Destructive Emotions. The meeting was captured in the book Destructive Emotions by Daniel Goleman. By combining contemporary scientific research with contemplative practices drawn from Buddhism, Cultivating Emotional Balance gives participants practical tools for working with emotion.

Over centuries, Buddhism has refined meditation methods which probe the nature of the mind and promote positive states of mind, including compassion. In these challenging times, the development of methods for “cultivating emotional balance” and promoting compassion for others is a tremendously important scientific and humanitarian goal.

During the workshop, Dave will offer an overview of the CEB work and how it can enhance our practice and understanding of Dharma.

Participants will learn:
• The science of how emotions work.
• How to recognize and work with emotional triggers.
• How to cultivate genuine happiness and mental balance.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who is interested in the topic. No previous experience is required.

When
Sunday, July 21
1:00 p.m. – 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

Dave Smith is an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author. His background is rooted in the Insight Meditation tradition and he was empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. Dave teaches residential meditation retreats and classes, provides trainings and consulting in both secular and Buddhist contexts, and works with students through his meditation mentoring program. He recently founded the Secular Dharma Foundation and lives in Paonia, Colorado.

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.

October 19: The Dharma of Resiliency

A Half-Day Workshop with Lama Rod Owens

DescriptionLama Rod Owens
Resiliency is such an important skill to develop right now. Resiliency is about how well we are able to meet the challenges of our lives with a sense of openness and curiosity that helps us to regain our balance. Balance means understanding how to return back to a sense of being grounded in order to meet challenges directly.

Meditation is a critical method that helps to us to see and practice the strategies of deepening our resiliency. It helps us to experience what being in balance feels like and it helps us to understand how to make choices to return to that balance. In this program, join Lama Rod in exploring the path of resiliency in our dharma practice.

When
Saturday, October 19
1:00 p.m. – 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.

Payment Options

Teacher
Lama Rod Owens is considered one of the emerging leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. An author, activist, and formally authorized Buddhist teacher in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, he is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice community as well as a visiting teacher with several Buddhist centers including the Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Brooklyn Zen Center. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Lama Rod has also been a guest faculty member at the Harvard School of Education’s program Mindfulness for Educators. He has been a regular guest on SiriusXM’s Urban View hosted by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Karen Hunter. He is also a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation and his next book project exploring transformative anger and rage is due out Fall 2019. Lama Rod can be reached at www.lamarod.com.