Non-Residential Programs

October - Deepening Our Practice: Teachings from the Lam Rim
October 17 - Waking Up Together: Women’s Wisdom as a Beacon in Today’s World
Oct 24, 2020 to January 17, 2021 - Living Dharma: Winter Practice Period
November 21 - Love, Care, and Fear During Times of War

October - Deepening Our Practice: Teachings from the Lam Rim

A Four-Class Series with Wendy Garling 

Description

October 6:  Precious Human Life –  We have attained the rare circumstances where we have met the teachings of the Dharma and have the opportunity to practice. In this session we’ll explore how to recognize and realize our human potential for spiritual growth, inspiring us to deeper practice.

October 13: Impermanence and Death – Caught up in worldly pleasures and distractions, we rarely reflect that our life is impermanent and inevitably will end. Mindfulness of death naturally lessens our attachments, helping us focus on Dharma as the ultimate benefit.

October 20: The Three Jewels of Refuge – Buddhists of all schools take refuge in the Three Jewels or Triple Gem of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. What does this mean? Texts provide some answers, but through discussion we’ll also share personal experiences and reflections.

October 27: Karma – All our actions create a result, whether good or bad, happiness or suffering. In Buddhist terms this is karma, the law of cause and effect. The Buddha taught that abandoning the negative actions of body, speech and mind, described as the ten non-virtues, is essential if not foundational to our spiritual growth.

When
Tuesdays, October  6, 13, 20, and 27, 2020
7:00pm to 8:15pm

Where
A Zoom link will be emailed before the program.

Cost
You may register for a single class or for the entire series.

Single class: (please email info@bostonmeditationcenter.org and let us know which date you would like to attend)
$15 Base
$20 Sustaining
$25 Contributing

All four classes:
$60 Base
$75 Sustaining
$90 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

Teachers

Wendy Garling is a writer, mother, gardener, independent scholar, and authorized dharma teacher with a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life (2016, Shambhala Publications), a groundbreaking new biography of the Buddha that relates his journey to awakening through the stories of Buddhism’s first women. Recently she has completed a biography of the Buddha’s adoptive mother, Mahaprajapati Gautami titled, The Woman Who Raised the Buddha: the Extraordinary Life of Mahaprajapati (2021, Shambhala), now available for pre-order. A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, Wendy has studied with teachers of different schools and lineages, foremost her refuge lama His Holiness the 16th Karmapa (who gave her the name Karma Dhonden Lhamo), her kind root lama, the late Sera Je Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama whom she first met in India in 1979. Her dream is to bring back the stories of Buddhism’s first women, reawaken their voices, and ensure that they are not just remembered, but valorized as integral to the roots of Buddhism. Wendy lives in Concord, Massachusetts and can be reached at wendy.garling@yahoo.com.

October 17 - Waking Up Together: Women’s Wisdom as a Beacon in Today’s World

A Half-Day Workshop with Wendy Garling and Tracy Cochran

Description

We are in deep crisis. The old solutions, including the traditional approach to practice, may feel inadequate just now.What if we could find a new source of inspiration and guidance by turning to the wisdom of the earliest Buddhist women? Join us for a day of storytelling, guided meditation, writing exercises, and group discussion drawn from stories long buried in the past, but now re-remerging as timely and empowering in this era of rapid global change.

Drawing from her research and upcoming book, author and dharma teacher Wendy Garling will offer heartening tales of the first generation of Buddhist women, their lives and challenges in the midst of their own period of patriarchal domination and social upheaval, with special focus on their extraordinary, visionary leader, the Buddha’s adoptive mother, Mahaprajapati Gautami. New York based insight meditation teacher, Tracy Cochran will carry us further into the stories by guiding us in contemplation and practices where together we will discover a path of awakening that isn’t solitary, but grounded in community and deep awareness of interconnection.

Storytelling is a wonderful way to learn and enjoy together! Please join us for a fun and relaxing workshop as we re-imagine ancient stories and bring them emotionally alive in ways that can support our daily lives and practice. Everyone welcome.

When
Saturday, October  17, 2020
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Teachers

Wendy Garling is a writer, mother, gardener, independent scholar, and authorized dharma teacher with a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life (2016, Shambhala Publications), a groundbreaking new biography of the Buddha that relates his journey to awakening through the stories of Buddhism’s first women. Recently she has completed a biography of the Buddha’s adoptive mother, Mahaprajapati Gautami titled, The Woman Who Raised the Buddha: the Extraordinary Life of Mahaprajapati (2021, Shambhala), now available for pre-order. A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, Wendy has studied with teachers of different schools and lineages, foremost her refuge lama His Holiness the 16th Karmapa (who gave her the name Karma Dhonden Lhamo), her kind root lama, the late Sera Je Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama whom she first met in India in 1979. Her dream is to bring back the stories of Buddhism’s first women, reawaken their voices, and ensure that they are not just remembered, but valorized as integral to the roots of Buddhism. Wendy lives in Concord, Massachusetts and can be reached at wendy.garling@yahoo.com.

Tracy Cochran has studied Buddhism and other spiritual traditions for over forty years. She is certified as Community Dharma Leader by the Spirit Rock Meditation Center and has completed many other trainings and courses of study.  She founded the Hudson River Sangha in Tarrytown, New York, serves on the teacher’s counsel the New York Insight Meditation Center, teaches at the Rubin Museum of Art, and in schools and corporations and other venues nationally and internationally. She is also a writer and the editorial director of the quarterly magazine Parabola, which draws on the world’s mythology and wisdom traditions to explore universal human themes. Her writings can be found online at tracycochran.org, as well as parabola.org.

Oct 24, 2020 to January 17, 2021 - Living Dharma: Winter Practice Period

Living Dharma: Winter Practice Period
3-Month online group mentoring & Dharma study with Chris Crotty

Wisdom arises from spiritual practice;
Without practice it decays.
Knowing this two-way path for gain and loss,
Conduct yourself so that wisdom grows.
–Dhammapada

When: Oct 24, 2020 to January 17, 2021

Registration: Participation in this program is by application. If you are interested, please complete the application here by October 10.

Program Overview
This innovative online program borrows from the tradition of the three-month retreat, often referred to as the rains retreat. Historically the rains retreat was a time when people stayed in one location for a period of three months, gathering to meditate and reflect on the Dharma, often teaching each other and forming a closer community. Chris has created this program with two goals in mind:

1) To transform the ‘stay-at-home’ COVID related safety measure into an in-depth period of dedicated Dharma practice;

2) To establish and guide a close group of students who seek the support and nurturance of sangha (community) and who want to live the Dharma more fully in their lives.   

This program provides a unique opportunity for a small group of dedicated practitioners to work closely with Chris Crotty over three months, to develop collaborative relationships with other students, and establish a more consistent routine of meditation and personal reflection. Together we will create and sustain a collaborative container for an engaged and contemplative life aimed at helping us recognize our own conditioning–what blocks the Dharma from flourishing in our own lives– and to break through it with wisdom, kindness, and compassion. We will learn how to use our meditation practice to better understand Buddhist teachings, and learn how to use Buddhist teachings to expand our practice. With this foundation in place we will ask critical questions pertaining to the integration of the Dharma in our personal lives and the wider world.   

Program Format
Participants will be supported by:

• Individual, structured daily meditation practice based on experience level

• Reading assignments and reflection questions

• Monthly small group sessions on Monday evenings. Dates will be determined once the participant list is finalized. Your small group will meet one Monday per month with Chris and one Monday per month as a peer group (no teacher). Since we will not know the Monday schedule until the program starts, you must ensure that you are available on Mondays before applying to this program.

• Kalayanmita (spiritual friend) dyads, which will meet on the two weeks per month that your small group does not meet. You and your ‘dharma-buddy’ will determine a time to meet that is convenient for both of you. Hence, this meeting time will be established once the program begins.

• Four day-long retreats, 10am to 5pm ET with Chris Crotty scheduled on Oct. 24, Nov. 22, Dec 19, and Jan 17      

This program will help participants to:
1) Deepen their meditation practice by addressing common challenges that meditators face, and through gaining insight into personal habit patterns. Students will be encouraged to gradually increase the time allotted for daily meditation practice, and to keep a meditation journal for the duration of the program.

2) Expand their understanding of core Buddhist teachings through both self-directed and teacher-led reading and reflection. This ‘study’ component of the program will emphasize focused reflection based on short readings rather than consuming a lot of material–in this way we can turn our full attention to the true meaning and spirit of Buddhist wisdom, exploring how it relates to our personal lives and the world we live in today.  

3) Establish and sustain a spirited and cheerful sangha aimed at mutual support. Together we will explore new ways to experience the Dharma by working closely with peers to co-create a learning community grounded in spiritual friendship, encouragement, and accountability. 

Who this program is for:
This program is for students who have been meditating for at least one year and who identify with any of the below:

1) You feel that it is time to further develop a personal daily meditation practice–you want to be both challenged and supported in this goal.

2) You want to embark more wholeheartedly on a spiritual path within the insight tradition of practice, using early Buddhist teachings to support an inquiry into what it means to live life more fully and authentically

3) You are interested in having structure for Dharma practice and Study. 

4) Students who plan to apply to BMC’s Community Dharma Facilitator Training (CDFT)

Texts will include (others may be added)
Therigatha: Verses of the Elder Nuns
Udana: Exclamations of the Buddha
Dhammapada: The Buddhas Path of Wisdom 

 

November 21 - Love, Care, and Fear During Times of War

A Half-Day Workshop with Lama Rod Owens

Description

The world is having a difficult moment. Each day we learn of a different conflict or crisis, which threatens the lives of so may people. It is easy to live with a lot of fear right now and it is even easier to react out of that fear was well. When we react out of fear we tend to create much more harm in the world. This is a time of darkness and war and fear lies at the heart of much of the violence we are experiencing.How do we befriend our fear and offer it permission to teach us how to move through it into a state of freedom? How do we use our fear to connect to the fear so many other people are experiencing? Ultimately, how do we begin to love what is unlovable, especially our fear? During our time together, we will call on the teachings of Buddhadharma as well as our own intrinsic wisdom to lean into our fear with love.

When
Saturday, November 21, 2020
9:30am – 1:00pm

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

Teachers

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.