Schedule

2019

Boston Meditation Center

Date: Thursday, Aug 1
Time: 7:15-8:45pm
1120 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Weekly drop-in class: no registration required. 

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.

Attachment and Non-Attachment: The Dharma of Relationship
with Chris Crotty, M.A. & Julia Barry, LMFT, SEP

Date: Aug 10
Registration: Boston Meditation Center

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
One of the basic tenants of Buddhist practice is that attachment causes suffering. Western psychology promotes secure attachment in relationship as central to physical, emotional and psychological well being, health and happiness. How do we resolve this paradox? How do we resolve our need for deep connection in relationship alongside our wish for the deep happiness espoused by Buddhist teachings? How can meditation help us achieve greater ease, skill, and satisfaction in our relationships?   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. 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! This program will serve as a foundation for future programs focusing on Buddhism, meditation, and relationship and is recommended for anyone who may want to further their practice and understanding in these disciplines.

Teachers Chris Crotty Julia Barry, LMFT, SEP

A Kind Way of Being: Mindfulness & Loving-Kindness Meditation
A day-retreat for both beginners and experienced students

Date: August 24

Time: 9:30-1:00pm

Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
2 Westford Street, Chelmsford, MA.

Registration info: https://kalyanamittasangha.wordpress.com/contact/ 

Program Description:
Mindfulness supports us in calming the mind and focusing our attention. Loving-kindness (metta) meditation systematically cultivates friendliness, benevolence and good-will. Loving-kindness is a natural foundation for happiness and well-being which is not reliant on external factors. In this half-day retreat, Buddhist teacher Chris Crotty will guide students in the practices of mindfulness and Loving-kindness through sitting and walking meditation, periods of silence, and instructional dharma reflections.

Both beginners and experienced welcomed and encouraged.  

Chris will be on silent personal retreat and without phone and email from Sept 1-16.

Where to? The Joyful Truth of the Buddhist Path
An integrated practice and study day-long retreat with Chris Crotty
September 28, 2019
9:00-5:00pm
(This program offers opportunities for meditation and teacher-guided study of passages from the suttas of the Pali Canon-because program sessions are integrated we recommend attending the full day)
Program Description
Buddhist teachings and meditation help us live with greater presence and well-being in each moment, a skill to learn that leads to the greatest fulfillment, freedom from suffering. Along the path, while we increase our capacity to be present with life, we are also preparing for our final moment, the moment of death. Historically, the wisdom of the Buddhist tradition has sought to remind us of the truth of death, specifically because it rouses motivation to align our lives with our deepest potential. Awareness of death is also said to lead to joy. 
In this unique practice and study retreat, periods of meditation will be integrated with teachings and dharma reflections that illuminate the relationship between living well and the inevitable truth of aging, sickness, and death. Select passages from the Pali Canon will be used to explore how meditation helps us prepare for the end of life, and how being aware of the inevitability of death helps us live with greater freedom and joy. 
This program is open to beginners and ongoing students. All are welcome.

Touching the Earth: Insight & Loving-kindness Meditation Retreat
w/ Chris Crotty
assisted by Matt Owen

Nov 1-3, 2019 (2 nights)

Location: www.jesuitcenter.org

Registration: https://bldg7yoga.com/events/meditation-retreat/

For beginners and experienced students-all are welcome and encouraged. 

Program Description:
2600 years ago the Buddha undertook a period of forest meditation during which he came to understand why humans suffer and how we can become free to enjoy life’s deepest happiness. With the earth as his witness, his confidence in his awakening resolute, he laid out a path of practice that has supported meditators for generations. In this retreat we turn to silence, community, and teacher guidance, while immersing ourselves in the natural world to practice the timeless teachings of the Buddha. 

This retreat will offer instruction in insight (vipassana) and loving-kindness (metta) meditation, and will include alternating periods of sitting and walking. In insight meditation we relax the mind’s reactivity to establish calm and stability, and then we investigate the mind to better understand how to create the conditions for wisdom to grow. In loving-kindness meditation we intentionally cultivate the heart qualities of friendliness & benevolence. This retreat will include instructional talks (Dharma talks), individual interviews, and a discussion period focused on supporting students to integrate retreat experience into daily life. Optional yoga will be offered. 

Guided Meditation, Dharma Talk, Question & Answer Period w/ Chris Crotty

World Wide Insight Sunday, Nov 10 2:00-3:30pm (eastern) 11:00am-12:30pm (pacific) Drop-in online class open to everyone. Log in from wherever you are!

At the Heart of It

Insight Meditation & Compassion Residential Retreat

 

Nov 14-17 (3 nights)
Registration: Boston Meditation Center

Wisdom and compassion balance each other, and the world needs both. Through insight meditation we quite 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 periods of sitting and walking meditation. 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 retreat will be held in silence and will take place at the beautiful Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, a natural sanctuary for quiet reflection, connecting with nature, and dharma practice. Beginners and those with experience welcome and encouraged to attend.
 

North Shore Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation

Date: Wednesday, TBD
Time: 7:00-8:15pm
72 Grapevine Rd, Wenham, MA 01984

Drop-in class: no registration required  

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 Center for Mindfulness and Insight Meditation.

2020

Calm, Still, Quiet: Winter Residential Retreat
w/ Chris Crotty
Assisted by Sarah Mitchell

January TBD

Registration options:
Residential: $300
Commuter: $200

Retreat location: Insight Meditation Center Newburyport
Registration: Boston Meditation Center (BMC)

In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.  – John Burroughs

Winter is a natural time for turning inward, while retreat provides an opportunity to focus attention on your meditation practice and contemplate the Buddha’s teachings. In this second annual Winter Residential Retreat with Chris, the outer stillness of the natural world supports us in quieting our mind, and directly experiencing the calm and stillness of concentration. With a mind free from distraction, we use mindfulness (insight meditation) to investigate the path to peace taught by the Buddha and perfected during retreat practice for over 2500 years. Combining periods of sitting and walking meditation, with Dharma teachings, the Winter Residential Retreat is held in noble silence. This retreat is suitable for those who have not yet sat retreat, as well as ongoing practitioners who wish to further their practice–meditation instruction and dharma talks will accommodate all experience levels.   

Calm, Still, Quiet: Winter day-long Retreat
w/ Chris Crotty
Assisted by Sarah Mitchell

January TBD
$90

Retreat location: Insight Meditation Center Newburyport
Registration: Boston Meditation Center (BMC)

In winter, the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity.  – John Burroughs

Winter is a natural time for turning inward, while retreat provides an opportunity to focus attention on your meditation practice and contemplate the Buddha’s teachings. In this second annual Winter retreat with Chris, the outer stillness of the natural world supports us in quieting our mind, and directly experiencing the calm and stillness of concentration. With a mind free from distraction, we use mindfulness (insight meditation) to investigate the path to peace taught by the Buddha and perfected during retreat practice for over 2500 years. Combining periods of sitting and walking meditation, with Dharma teachings, the Winter retreat is held in noble silence. This day-long retreat is comprised of the middle day of a three day residential retreat, and is suitable for those who have not yet sat retreat, as well as ongoing practitioners who wish to further their practice–meditation instruction and dharma talks will accommodate all experience levels.   

Cultivating a Heart of Love: Ethics on the Buddhist Path
A residential practice and study retreat

April 2-5, 2020

Registration: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Course Description
The Buddha taught a path consisting of wisdom, ethics, and meditation. Though this three-fold sasana is a mutually supportive system, the tendency for ethics to be both pejorative and prescriptive is an issue for many practitioners today; the threat of being confined or something being taken away from us can conflict with our ideas of freedom. Instead, what if ethics was invitatory and developed to fortify our discernment? What if our approach to ethics supported us in using our whole life as a mirror to reinforce our capacity for reflection and establish a greater sense of agency? Building on the premise that the intention of ethics is to cultivate a heart of love and alleviate suffering, this course takes up both the problem and promise of ethics by refuting dogma and notions of restriction, while giving ethical practices a central role in our own self- awareness and liberation. In this way ethics encourages the development of insight, our own greatest potential, and the Buddhist ideal of freedom for all beings.

Learning Intentions
To integrate a study of ethics grounded in the suttas of the Pali cannon with silent meditation, reflection, and discussion; to replace a moralistic rendering of ethics with a personally meaningful ethical inquiry that supports the development of meditation and wisdom; to support students in applying ethical teachings and practices to the world we live in and the particulars of their own lives; to understand the individual and social dimension of ethics.

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