Programs

Saturday Programs

July 17 - An Introduction to Meditation: Waking Up to the Present Moment
July 24 - Foundations of Dharma Practice: The Five Recollections

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.