At 7:00 PM, on Monday, May 15, CfMIM will have a special opportunity to practice with, and learn from, Burmese meditation master, Sayadaw U Inndaka.
Sayadaw U Inndaka is visiting the United States from Myanmar (Burma). He was ordained in 1972 by Mahagandhayon Sayadaw. In 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Centre in Mandalay, where he was taught by Chanmyay Sayadaw. Some years later he went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar, where he was commissioned to teach meditation. Since 2004 he has been the sayadaw (head monk) of the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, which has locations near Yangon and Mandalay. His books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.
There is no formal charge for this event, but donations are appreciated. Please register in advance by emailing Michael@MahasatiMeditation.org so we can get a headcount and set up the room appropriately.
Spring Insight Meditation Retreat
with Sayadaw U Inndaka, May Mint Oo, Chris Crotty
May 16-21, 2017
Registration: Against the Stream Boston
For the second year in a row, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka is joining Chris Crotty to offer a residential retreat on the East Coast–this time just an hour north of Boston. This five-night silent retreat will offer instruction in vipassana or insight meditation, and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and one-on-one teacher interviews. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and will be held at IMCN’s beautiful rural meditation center in West Newbury, Massachusetts.
Sayadaw U Inndaka is from Myanmar (Burma) and was ordained in 1972 by Mahagandhayon Sayadaw. In 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Centre in Mandalay, where he was taught by Chanmyay Sayadaw. Some years later he went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar, where he was commissioned to teach meditation. Since 2004 he has been the sayadaw (head monk) of the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, which has locations near Yangon and Mandalay. His books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.
May Myint Oo (Mimmi), Sayadaw U Inndaka’s translator, has been practising meditation since 1992. She sat intensive retreats for many years at the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center, where she studied under Sayadaw U Janaka and was a volunteer translator and assistant to meditators. Since 2004 she has translated on a volunteer basis for Sayadaw U Inndaka at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center and on his teaching trips to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere. She has also translated many of his writings.
Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher of Against the Stream Boston. He met Sayadaw U Inndaka in 2010 while sitting the traditional three-month “rains retreat” at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Chris continues to practice with Sayadaw U Inndaka both in Myanmar and the United States.
* Against the Stream Boston is committed to ensuring that the Dharma is available to everyone – Please contact us if cost is prohibitive.
GenerationX Buddhist Teachers Conference
A gathering of the next generation of Buddhist teachers.
Knowing How to Know: Discernment & Wisdom on the Buddhist Path
A meditation and study retreat with Chris Crotty
Saturday, July 1
Investment: $45 (scholarship); $65 (sustaining); $85 (supporting) plus teacher dana
Info & Registration: Against the Stream Boston
Wisdom knows what is right, true, and beneficial, and the clarity it provides shows us the way to greater well-being and ultimately, freedom. Before real learning can occur however, certain factors need to be in place: trust in ourselves, a clear goal, and a basic sense of direction. This program, combining periods of meditation, study, and personal reflection, explores classical teachings and Buddhist principles on the development of wisdom, including guidelines to begin or deepen your study of the Buddha’s teachings, and practical skills to support you in bringing those teachings into your meditation practice and daily life.
This program will offer beginners and experienced practitioners a way of conceptualizing and beginning the integration of practice and study in their own life. Knowing How To Know is the foundation program for future meditation and study retreats with Chris Crotty, and is strongly recommended for anyone who may want to take classes in the future that integrate practice and study.
Topics will include:
• A Buddhist theory of learning focused on the development of wisdom
• The Three Jewels: navigating our relationship to the teacher, the community, and the practice
• Awareness and Agency: understanding why you are the most important source of knowledge
• Classical teachings: anatta (not self), anicca (impermanence), dukkha (unsatisfactoriness/suffering), lobha (greed), dosa (hatred), avijja (delusion)
Dharma Talk & Meditation
Drop-in class (no registration)
The Noble Truth of Freedom: Insight that Destroys Suffering
1/2 day retreat
Through insight meditation (vipassana) we calm the mind and investigate the root cause of suffering. Through practice, we learn that genuine freedom is not a complicated path, despite the confusion we experience in our own life. The depth of the Buddha’s liberation teachings are in their simplicity: radical transformation is found in our capacity to be with experience as it is; we don’t need to change anything! This day-long retreat will explore the highest ideal of Buddhist teachings – freedom from suffering – through simple meditation techniques and an emphasis on ease and self-acceptance.
Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome
Wednesday, May 10, 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.
Day-long Meditation Retreat
Chris Crotty & Dave Smith
Against the Stream Santa Monica
Info & Registration: Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
Awakened Heart: Integrating Wisdom and Compassion
Half-day meditation retreat
For Info and Registration please contact Insight Meditation Center Newburyport (IMCN)
Saturday, July 29
Wisdom, represented by clarity and understanding, is half of the Buddhist Path. The other half is compassion, the ability to relate to our whole life with care. In this half-day retreat, we will explore how wisdom and compassion can be integrated and nurtured together, through periods of siting and walking meditation, and silence. This retreat offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of how to bring our whole life into our meditation practice, and how we can bring our meditation out into the world.
Beginners and experienced practitioners welcome.
East Coast Insight Meditation Retreat
with Chris Crotty, JoAnna Harper, Vinny Ferraro
Dharma Drum Retreat Center (DDRC)
Pine Bush, New York
Registration: Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
Chris on Personal Retreat – Maine – Sept 9-16
I will be on personal retreat and not teaching Sept 9-16. I look forward to seeing you upon my return.
Dharma Talk & Retreat – Against The Stream San Francisco – Sept 29 & 30
check back soon for program info and registration
Chris on Personal Retreat – Chanmyay Myaing Forest Meditation Center, Burma
I will be on personal retreat and not teaching from January 15-February 12. I look forward to seeing you when I return.
Johnson State College Wellness & Alternative Medicine Department.
Oct 14&15; 21&22
Course: Living the Good Life: Practicing Health and Wellbeing (3-credits)
Professor Chris Crotty, M.A.
The emphasis of this course is to expand and refine a theoretical understanding of stress and wellness by combining study with experiential learning focused on the actualization of stress reduction. Students will assess their own life-style conditions that support or undermine health, while learning through direct experience specific ways to transform unhealthy behavior patterns through mindfulness, self-awareness, connection to nature, and easy to learn evidence-based skills for emotional regulation and stress reduction. You will explore a variety of mind-body techniques including meditation, yoga postures, and yogic breathing. You will experience the healing power of nature through ceremony, nature-based Rites of Passage, and medicine walks. The goal of this course is for you to gain skills necessary to begin, refine, or deepen your own spiritual life, while developing insight into compassionate and skillful ways to contribute to a globally conscious and sustainable lifestyle of health and wellbeing. This course will also prepare you to bring greater presence, ease, and sustained care to personal and professional relationships in your life.