Day Programs

February 13 - Working with Conceptual Thought in the Practice of Meditation
March 14 - Waking up Together: Embracing Courage in Times of Change
March 27 - Adhitthāna Day: Nurturing Mind & Heart
June 12 - Delving into the Divine Feminine

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.

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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.

March 14 - Waking up Together: Embracing Courage in Times of Change

A Half-Day Retreat with Deborah Eden Tull

Description
Collective transformation is going to take everything we’ve got – our willingness, fierce compassion, relational intelligence, and discomfort resiliency. Most importantly, it is going to take the courage to dissolve limiting beliefs. While it is the imperative of the human heart to move beyond the comforts, restrictions, and boundaries of conditioned thought, the inter-subjective nature of conditioning causes us to accept things that are not real as true and absolute.

How do we recognize the inter-subjective nature of conditioned beliefs that can apply even to our dharma practice? How do we support one another in sangha to reach beyond the unconscious biases we’ve inherited through generations of patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism, and a disconnect from the natural world? How do we address ego’s fear of change in the field of possibility? Will “I” be lost in the shift to We Consciousness? How do we support each other to nourish the tendril of possibility – when there are mountains to move – in order to co-create a kinder, more equitable, and sustainable world?

Join Deborah Eden Tull for a nourishing and restorative half-day retreat about the movement that carries the shared human heart beyond limitation. All are welcome… experienced meditators and those who are new to practice.

When
Saturday, March 14 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.

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Teacher
Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She teaches engaged dharma practice, which emphasizes the connection between personal awakening and collective transformation. Eden spent seven years training as a Buddhist monk at a silent Zen monastery and has been teaching dharma for 20 years. She has also been living in, and teaching about, sustainable communities and the essential wisdom of nature for almost 30 years.

March 27 - Adhitthāna Day: Nurturing Mind & Heart

A Day-Long Retreat with Chris Crotty and Boston Meditation Center practice leaders

Description
Adhitthāna Day is a time of self-nurturance rooted in practicing and hearing the Dharma–an opportunity to unplug, set aside our many responsibilities, and take refuge in the simple rhythms of sitting and walking meditation for a full day. This day of practice combines meditation periods with a Dharma talk by BMC’s guiding teacher, Chris Crotty, along with the opportunity to practice with other community members.

To be offered in both the spring and fall, Adhitthāna Day is intended as a bi-annual tradition, a time to dedicate a day to developing one’s meditation, establishing the conditions for the restorative quiet and calm available to us when we rest our many distractions, habits, and longings.

Adhitthāna Day is open to everyone, beginners and experienced meditators.

When
Saturday, March 27
Full Day: 9:30am to 5:00pm ET
Half Day: 9:30am to 1:00pm ET

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Cost
Full Day: $50 Base; $70 Sustaining; $90 Contributing
Half Day: $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

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 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.

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.

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Teacher
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.