Morning Meditation is offered on-line, every Tuesday morning, from 8:00-8:45am.
Just click on the Zoom Link to enter the class: https://zoom.us/j/603302859
Morning Meditation is taught by Chris Crotty and a rotating schedule of visiting teachers and facilitators. See Boston Meditation Center’s website for a complete schedule.
Date: Thursday, Oct 29
Weekly drop-in class on Zoom: no registration required.
Note: This class meets every Thursday. There is a guest teacher when Chris is not scheduled to teach.
This event is offered in the tradition of dana (Pali for giving or generosity): while there is no set cost of attending, we invite you to consider making a donation to support the teacher and The Boston Meditation Center.
Living Dharma: Winter Practice Period
3-Month 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.
Three months (on-line): Oct 24, 2020–January 17, 2021 (program hours will accommodate east coast and west coast students)
Registration: Participation in this program is by application. Download applicationa and apply at Boston Meditation Center.
This innovative 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.
Participants will be supported by:
• Individual, structured daily meditation practice based on experience level
• Reading assignments and reflection questions
• Kalayanmita (spiritual friend) dyads
• Monthly small group sessions
• Four day-long retreats with Chris Crotty (Oct 24; Nov 22; Dec 19; Jan 17, 2021. Start time for weekend sessions will be 10am eastern/7am pacific. Day-longs end at 5:oopm eastern)
• Monthly 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)
Texts will include (others may be added)
Therigatha: Verses of the Elder Nuns
Udana: Exclamations of the Buddha
Dhammapada: The Buddhas Path of Wisdom
(Full-day with 1/2-day option)
The Dharma is comprised of a rich legacy of teachings that are both aspirational and instructive. These teachings, many of them subtle, are often buried in long teaching stories, or discourses. “As a Mountain of Rock: Meditating with the Suttas” is a unique program that introduces students to select phrases from the Pali Canon, the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha, that contain clear meditation instructions aimed at liberating the mind. Through periods of meditation, reflection, and discussion, students will refine both their meditation skills and comprehension of Buddhist teachings by learning to engage the Dharma both experientially and analytically.
This program will help students gain a better familiarity with early Buddhist teachings while also developing a more seamless integration of meditation practice and study, without having to read a lot of material. Together we will learn how to derive personal meaning and universal insight from some of the most beautifully composed and practical teachings available to us in the Buddhist tradition.
Wisdom and Compassion Home Retreat
Second Annual with Chris Crotty and Leslie Booker
December 3-6, 2020
Registration: Boston Meditation Center
Wisdom and compassion balance each other, and the world needs both.Through insight meditation we quiet the mind and investigate its true nature.With the mind made calm and stable we enjoy the peace of non-attachment, and with wisdom as the basis for compassion we undertake our whole life with great care. On this retreat we will practice insight and compassion through meditation periods which may include the “four postures:” sitting, standing, laying down, and walking. Dharma reflections will explore the application of wisdom and compassion in meditation as well as daily life, emphasizing how compassion can provide a direct path to engage the suffering of the world as well as our own freedom.
This virtual retreat will emphasize the real time integration of doing a retreat from our homes. Through periods of teacher led meditation and dharma talks, intersperse with individual practice sessions, we will discover how practice is not something we move away from once we’re off our cushions, but something that we embody and cultivate in our lived day-to-day experiences.
This unique retreat will provide an opportunity to practice with the support of teachers and community within a modified retreat schedule to minimize screen time.
Attached and Unattached: The Dharma of Relationship
with Chris Crotty & Julia Barry, LMFT
One of the basic tenets of Buddhist practice is that attachment causes suffering. Western psychology, on the other hand, promotes secure attachment in relationship as central to physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
This program explores the ways we can integrate our need for deep connection in relationship alongside our wish for the liberating happiness espoused by Buddhist teachings. How do we resolve this paradox? How can meditation help us achieve greater ease, skill, and satisfaction in our relationships? How can relationship challenges deepen our understanding of the Dharma?
In this program, we will explore Buddhist teachings on impermanence and not-self, as well as attachment theory, which addresses how our early childhood relationships inform our adult views and behaviors. We will practice insight meditation and heart practices to observe and skillfully respond to attachment conditioning in all types of relationships (intimate, professional, familial, friendships), and learn to use mindfulness to transform the difficult somatic and mental states associated with attachment habit patterns.
The format will include meditation instruction, Buddhist and Western teachings on attachment, and relational mindfulness practices. We are all in relationship, whether it be intimate partnership, family, friendship, or community – all are welcome and encouraged to attend this program!
Loving-kindness Retreat 2021
with The Venerable Sayadaw U Indaka, Chris Crotty, May Myint Oo
Dates: June 1-6 (5 nights)
Location: Won Dharma Center, Claverack NY
Registration: Boston Meditation Center
The practice of loving-kindness (mettā-bhāvana) includes sitting and walking meditation to cultivate a loving, friendly, and benevolent attitude towards all living beings. For over 2600 years, loving-kindness meditation has been practiced to ensure that good-will surpasses all forms of enmity and ill-will. The well-being of mettā is a natural support for the development of insight and wisdom.
In this unique retreat, participants will have the opportunity to be guided by
Burmese meditation master, The Venerable Sayadaw U Indaka, who is renowned in Burma as both a mettā and vipassanā teacher. He will be joined by Western teacher Chris Crotty and Burmese translator May Myint Oo.
This fifth annual retreat will take place at the beautiful and spacious Won Dharma Center in Claverack, NY, where nature will play an important and supportive role in our meditation practice. Beginners and experienced students welcomed and encouraged.