Participants will be supported by:
• Individual, structured daily meditation practice based on experience level. This will include the option of attending a virtual daily meditation period with a peer group.
• Reading assignments and reflection questions
• Kalayanmita (spiritual friend) dyads
• Small group sessions
• Five day-long retreats with Chris Crotty
(Nov 6, 2021; Nov 27, 2021; Dec 18, 2021; Jan 8, 2022; Jan 29, 2022). Start time for weekend sessions will be 10am eastern/7am pacific. Day-longs end at 5:00pm eastern)
• Group mentoring with Chris Crotty (3 total scheduled on Monday nights (dates TBD))
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)
Teachings: This years Winter Retreat will focus on the Brahma Viharas, the heart teachings: Kindness, Equanimity, Compassion, Joy.