Non-Residential Programs

December 3 to 6 - Wisdom and Compassion Home Retreat
January 16 - Buddhist Psychology Workshop
February 13 - Working with Conceptual Thought in the Practice of Meditation

December 3 to 6 - Wisdom and Compassion Home Retreat

Second Annual Retreat (Online) with Chris Crotty and Leslie Booker, Assisted by Lia Houk
Co-sponsored by Boston Meditation Center and Natural Dharma Fellowship’s Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Description

Wisdom and compassion balance each other, and the world needs both. Through insight meditation we quiet the mind and investigate its true nature. With the mind made calm and stable we enjoy the peace of non-attachment, and with wisdom as the basis for compassion we undertake our whole life with great care. On this retreat, we will practice insight and compassion through meditation periods which may include the “four postures:” sitting, standing, laying down, and walking. Dharma reflections will explore the application of wisdom and compassion in meditation as well as daily life, emphasizing how compassion can provide a direct path to engage the suffering of the world as well as our own freedom.

This virtual retreat will emphasize the real time integration of doing a retreat from our homes. Through periods of teacher-led meditation and dharma talks, interspersed with individual practice sessions, we will discover how practice is not something we move away from once we’re off our cushions, but something that we embody and cultivate in our lived day-to-day experiences.

This unique retreat will provide an opportunity to practice with the support of teachers and community within a modified retreat schedule to minimize screen time.

When
Thursday, December 3 to Sunday, December 6, 2020

The retreat will start at 6:30pm ET Thursday evening and conclude at 12:30pm Sunday afternoon. Full retreat schedule below.

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Cost
$170 Base
$250 Sustaining
$315 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.

Payment Options

Retreat Schedule

All times are Eastern Standard Time

Thursday, December 3
6:30pm-8:30pm        Retreat opening and meditation

Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5
7:15am-8:00am        Morning meditation
9:00am-10:00am     Instructions and guided practice
10:00am-12:00pm   Independent meditation practice*
12:00pm-2:00pm     Lunch/Rest/Walking meditation
2:00pm-4:30pm       Independent meditation practice* (Meditation meetings with teachers will occur during this time slot as well)
4:30pm-5:30pm       Dharma talk
5:30pm-6:30pm       Dinner
6:30pm-7:15pm        Sitting meditation
7:15pm-8:00pm       Q&A and Dedication of Merit
8:00pm-9:30pm      Independent meditation practice* (optional)
9:30pm                        Rest

Sunday, December 6
7:15am-8:00am       Morning meditation
9:00am-10:00am    Instructions and guided practice
10:00am-11:00am   Independent meditation practice*
11:00am-12:30pm   Community discussion and closing ceremony

*Independent Meditation Practice allows students to practice individually. Teachers will offer suggestions and examples for ways to practice during this time.

Teachers

Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Social Justice. She shares her expertise nationally on expanding our vision around culturally responsive teaching, and changing the paradigm of self and community care. Booker is a graduate of the 2020 Spirit Rock Retreat Teacher Training, is a 2020 Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, and was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement in Mindful.org.

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

January 16 - Buddhist Psychology Workshop

Mindfulness and the Mechanics of Present-time Awareness with Dave Smith

Dave Smith

Description
Without a doubt, the English language is rich, descriptive, and complex in many ways. This is particularly true when it comes to explaining the elements of the physical and material world. However, it remains fairly clumsy when it comes to describing the process and the mechanics of the inner life and the mind. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why there is no common ground among conversations pertaining to meditation, psychology, consciousness and the growing field of secular mindfulness. We are just now beginning to understand the inner workings of the mind-body process through cognitive science and neuroscience. Among the current enthusiasm, what often gets left by the wayside is that a detailed and highly developed map of the mind was constructed by the Buddha and his students over 2500 years ago. This has been preserved in a body of text know as the Abhidharma.

How can we use this highly detailed “Dharma map” to better understand and overcome our mental and emotional suffering here in 2021? Come and find out!

This class will be appropriate for anyone who is interested. There will be a detailed handout; including educational diagrams, take home tools, Q&A, and even some meditation.

When
Saturday, January 16 from 10:00am to 1:30pm ET

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.

Payment Options

Teacher
Dave Smith is an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author. 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. He is the founder of the Secular Dharma Foundation.

February 13 - Working with Conceptual Thought in the Practice of 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, February 13 from 9:30am to 1:00pm ET

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.

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.