As a Western Insight community (sangha), BMC’s practices are rooted in the Theravada lineage. Theravada means “way of the elders”; what we teach derives from the earliest Buddhist teachings and has been passed on for generations directly from the Buddha to our current teachers. Theravada, one of three central Buddhist traditions, has been preserved historically in Southeast Asia, and more recently throughout the United States and Europe. Sustained for over 2600 years, the teachings of the Theravada are based on the core practice of mindfulness (vipassana), and include “heart practices” such as kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. Along with sila, integrity, these teachings comprise a framework for becoming more aware of the causes of suffering and are intended to help us live with greater wisdom in all areas of our life.
Though grounded in the Theravadin tradition, we strive to expose our members to diverse approaches to the Dharma by occasionally hosting teachers from other traditions, such as Tibetan or Zen Buddhism.