Programs

Join us for our Spring Home Retreat

The Joy of Daily Refuge

April 16-18

with Chris Crotty

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Saturday Programs

May 8 - Stress, Relaxation, and Release: an Insight Dialogue Retreat
May 22- Healing and Resiliency as the World Falls Apart
June 12 - Delving into the Divine Feminine
July 17 - An Introduction to Meditation: Waking Up to the Present Moment
July 24 - Foundations of Dharma Practice: The Five Recollections

May 8 - Stress, Relaxation, and Release: an Insight Dialogue Retreat

A Half-Day Workshop with Janet Surrey

Description
In this half-day 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 8 from 9:30am to 1:00pm ET

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Investment
$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.

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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.

May 22- Healing and Resiliency as the World Falls Apart

A Half-Day Workshop with Lama Rod Owns

Description
The world is unsteady and chaotic. Many of us are being confronted with the reality of death and change in a way we thought we never would. In the face of all this, it is hard to maintain our physical and emotional balance. 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.

In this workshop, we will explore healing and resiliency through meditation, breath practice, gentle movement, visualizations, and group discussions.

When
Saturday, May 22 from 9:30am to 1:00pm ET

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Investment
$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.

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Teacher
Lama Rod Owens is Buddhist minister, author, activist, yoga instructor and authorized Lama, or Buddhist teacher, in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered one of the leaders of his generation of Buddhist teachers. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Buddhist Studies from Harvard Divinity School and is a co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation. Owens is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Has been published in Buddhadharma, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle and The Harvard Divinity Bulletin, and offers talks, retreats and workshops in more than seven countries.

June 12 - Delving into the Divine Feminine

A Half-Day Meditation Retreat with Lama Liz Monson

Description
In this half-day retreat, we will take a deep dive into the energies of the Divine Feminine as they are found in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Together, we will explore why and how these innate feminine energies, present in all human beings, should and could arise in our experience today as powerful resources for support and guidance during these uncertain and groundless times. We will practice inviting these energies into our direct experience, feeling their natural somatic and psychophysical engagement in our bodies, hearts and minds as reminders that we always possess the capacity to transmute the frozen shards of our difficult emotional energies into a flowing river of resilience, insight, spaciousness, and clarity.

When
Saturday, June 12 from 9:30am to 1:00pm ET

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Investment
$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.

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Teacher
Lama Liz Monson is the Spiritual Co-Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship and the Managing Teacher of Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Tibetan Buddhism in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages for over twenty-five years. Elizabeth is interested in accessing the energy and open awareness found in the natural world for awakening in everyday life. She also focuses her teaching on developing practical methods for incorporating the Buddhist teachings into this human life through the practices of kindness and compassion and on recognizing the natural state in every moment of our lives. Her new book, “Tales of a Mad Yogi: The Life and Wild Wisdom of Drukpa Kunley” is due out in June of 2021.

July 17 - An Introduction to Meditation: Waking Up to the Present Moment

A Half-Day Workshop with Adam Groff

Description
If you have never meditated but are curious about it – if you are just starting out with your practice – or if you are returning to the practice and would like a refresher – this program is a good opportunity to learn about and practice the fundamentals of Insight meditation, also known as vipassana. In this program, BMC facilitator Adam Groff will introduce students to basic meditation concepts and then guide them through a couple of sessions of seated meditation practice focused on the body and the breath. In addition, the practice of walking meditation will be introduced. Between sessions there will be an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion about the practice.

Meditation is often thought of as a solitary practice, but meditating in a group offers unique benefits: the support and guidance of a teacher, as well as hearing from peers about their experience. This can often give us inspiration and motivation to begin or expand our own practice. This Saturday program continues BMC’s commitment to making meditation practical and accessible to all, following in the tradition started by the Buddha 2600 years ago.

When
Saturday, July 17 from 9:30am to 12:00pm ET

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Investment
$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.

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Teacher
Adam Groff has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2009, beginning at the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport. He helped coordinate a weekly peer-led meditation community in Boston from 2010 to 2015, and in 2014 he completed a yearlong meditation facilitator training with Against the Stream. Also in 2014 he helped Chris Crotty found the sangha that became Boston Meditation Center. Nowadays at BMC, Adam offers his time as a meditation facilitator and retreat manager, and he sits weeklong retreats each year with lay teachers and monastics in the Vipassana/Theravada tradition. He lives in Newburyport with his wife and two children and works as a managing editor at EBSCO Information Services.

July 24 - Foundations of Dharma Practice: The Five Recollections

A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty

Description
Generally when we think of Buddhist meditation, mindfulness comes to mind, or maybe loving kindness. When we consider essential teachings, we often default to the Four Noble truths. However, before the Buddha taught about suffering he taught generosity, and The Five Recollections are the foundation for all of our Dharma activities. Exploring the truth of aging, sickness, and end-of-life, the Five Recollections are an essential foundation of Dharma practice; how attuned we are to these ‘recollections’ contributes to our motivation for practice, and can refine our understanding of why we practice.

In this half-day retreat we will explore the Five Recollections, emphasizing their place in the Buddhist path as motivational forces, and as a framework for meditation practice that fosters non-attachment leading to joy.

All are welcome and invited–both beginners and experienced meditators.

When
Saturday, July 24 from 9:30am to 1:00pm ET

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Investment
$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.

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.

Payment Options
Primary email address:

Teacher
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.