Schedule

2018

North Shore Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation

Date: Wednesday, Nov 28
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.

Boston Meditation Center

Date: Thursday, Dec 6
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.

2019

Calm, Still, Quiet: Winter Residential Retreat
w/ Chris Crotty

January 11-13, 2019

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

January 12, 2019
$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.   

Chris on Personal Retreat –  Forest Meditation Center, Myanmar

I will be on personal retreat and not teaching from January 15-February 12.  I look forward to seeing you when I return.

Unbalanced World, Balanced Mind: Meditation for Difficult Times
Half-day Retreat

Saturday, Feb 16
1:00-4:30pm
Boston Meditation Center

The world is often not as we want it to be. This is an understatement. Politically, socially, environmentally we are confronted with the truth that human beings dominate the earth, while deeply embedded illusions of many types limit freedom for some people and protect it for others. On a personal level each of us faces the continuous challenge of sustaining well-being within a constantly changing set of conditions within our work, family, health, and relationships. The Buddha’s teachings propose that through meditation practice we can achieve equanimity, a mind that remains balanced when the world is out of balance. Is this a real possibility for us? If so, how? What if we have doubt or feel overwhelmed?

This ½ day retreat will explore the Buddha’s teachings on equanimity through meditation practices that are relevant to our personal lives today. Open to all levels of experience; beginners welcome and encouraged.  

 

Cambridge Insight Meditation Center

331 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 441-9038

Date: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 6:30-8:45pm

Registration is not required; this is a drop-in program. We invite attendees to offer financial support for our visiting teachers through the practice of dana (generosity). All are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

  • Fee: $5-10, plus dana for teachers.

Wednesday Evening Program schedule

  • 6:30 – 7:15: Evening Sit
  • 7:15 – 7:30: Mindful Break
  • 7:30 – 8:45: Dharma Talk

You are welcome to attend just the sit, just the talk, or both. Please note that the doors to the meditation hall will be closed at 6:35 for the Evening Sit and at 7:35 for the Dharma Talk.

Limitless Heart: Loving Kindness Meditation Retreat 

Saturday, March 23
9:30am-1:00pm

Registration: Insight Meditation Society

With good will for the entire cosmos,
cultivate a limitless heart:
Above, below, & all around,
unobstructed, without hostility or hate.
– Sutta Nipāta 1.150

Program Description
When we are in pain, confused, angry, feeling betrayed, or scared, we contract. We close ourselves off from the world in an effort to restore a sense of safety or peace. This pattern of contraction is appealing because it provides temporary relief, yet it closes the heart and numbs the mind. We are left disconnected and unable to see clearly. Metta, or loving-kindness meditation, systematically inclines the mind toward benevolence and love. Cultivating the “metta mind” encourages us to stay present, open, and engaged in our life and the world around us with an attitude of friendliness. Join us for a morning of meditation practice and a Dharma reflection focused on the heart’s potential for limitless kindness.

Everyone welcome-open to beginners and experienced practitioners.

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

World Wide Insight

Sunday, March 24
2:00-3:30pm (eastern)
11:00am-12:30pm (pacific)

Drop-in online class open to everyone. Log in from wherever you are!

 

The Wisdom of Vulnerability
A residential practice and study retreat with Chris at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

April 4-7, 2019

Scholarships of 50% for those under 32. Other scholarship requests can be made directly to BCBS.

Sustaining: $537
Mid Level (Actual Cost): $417
Supported: $327
Non-Resident: $195

Registration: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Course Description:
The Buddha himself, despite his spiritual achievements, endured human predicaments and difficulties. This course examines the Buddhist ideal of a life beyond suffering alongside the reality of day-to-day living, balancing the Buddha’s radical optimism with the practical concerns of our human lives: physical and emotional health challenges, past regrets and future desires, social injustice, relational challenges, and enduring questions related to finding and sustaining purpose in our life. Through this approach we learn to appreciate our own vulnerability, empathically acknowledge it in others, and allow it to bring us closer to our own freedom while creating caring communities where connection, compassion, and mutual support encourage each other’s awakening. Combining meditation and sutta study with dialogue and relational mindfulness practices, we will co-create an experience that merges the clarity of wisdom with the acceptance of compassion.

Learning intentions:
• Recognize how self-judgment and doubt can arise in response to archetypal images of progress on the Buddhist path.
• Understand Buddhism’s ideal of cessation (freedom from suffering), while experiencing the value of vulnerability in serving that goal.
• Promote self-awareness and empathic connection amongst group members through relational mindfulness practice.
• Understand how vulnerability can be practiced and expressed through three modes of action: body, speech, and mind.
• Integrate two modes of understanding: relative and absolute.
• Recognize and become familiar with sutta passages that convey both the ideal of going beyond suffering and the inevitable human task of embracing suffering.

The Path of Peace & Freedom: Spring Insight Meditation Retreat
With Sayadaw U Inndaka, Chris Crotty, & May Myint Oo 

June 6 – 13, 2019

Location: Insight Meditation Center Newburyport

Co-sponsored by Boston Meditation Center and Insight Meditation Center Newburyport. Register through either organization:
http://bostonmeditationcenter.org
https://www.imcnewburyport.org


Retreat Description

Insight meditation (vipassana) is the central Buddhist practice aimed at awakening. The Buddha taught that the cause of discontent and suffering can be understood, and this insight, or wisdom, is the natural foundation for greater peace, wellbeing, and freedom. Through the practice of insight meditation we calm and stabilize the mind, and then we investigate the mind’s true nature. We wake up to the truth of life, and we enjoy the freedom of our awakened mind.  

On this retreat, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka and Chris Crotty will guide students in the development of insight through guided meditation, extended silence, individual interviews, and dharma talks. This is a unique opportunity to practice and learn with Sayadaw U Inndaka, and to rest your mind in the quiet natural surroundings of Insight Meditation Center Newburyport. 

Sayadaw U Inndaka
Born in 1952 in Upper Burma, Sayadaw U Inndaka was ordained in 1972 at the famous Mahagandhayon Monastery in Amarapura, Burma. Starting in 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Center in Mandalay; some years later he went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center in Yangon, where he was commissioned to teach meditation. In 1996 he became the abbot of the newly established Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center on the outskirts of Yangon. In 2009 he established a second center in the northern town of Pyin Oo Lwin, not far from Mandalay. Sayadaw U Inndaka’s books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German. Sayadaw U Inndaka teaches Boston Meditation Center’s annual spring residential retreat

Where to? The Joyful Truth of the Buddhist Path
A Practice and Study 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.

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!

 

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

Date TBD

Registration: Boston Meditation Center

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

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