Just a reminder that starting this week the Boston Dharma Punx will be meeting at our new location: South Boston Yoga. The address for our new digs is 36 W Broadway in Boston; right across from the Broadway T stop. There is also plenty of free, on-street parking. We will be meeting on the third floor. There are cushions and chairs available at the studio but in limited numbers so it might be good to bring your own if you feel so inclined. Meditate and Destroy!
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Last weekend we had a community meeting and the following items were discussed and decided on:
1) We will be moving to South Boston Yoga. The move is tentatively scheduled to take effect on November 6. The day and time will remain Sundays at 4pm.
2) The group agreed to put aside 10% of each week’s dana to fund scholarships for members of the Boston Dharma Punx community.
3) There is interest in doing some kind of service work as a community. More details about this will be discussed at our next community meeting scheduled for the last Sunday in January 2012.
4) While not discussed at the meeting, I would like to announce that Rebel Recovery will not be returning in its original form. I am in the process of developing a new recovery meeting with another member of the recovery community, more details to follow once I have any.
Please send me an email if you have any questions or concerns about these decisions/initiatives.
I have some announcements on upcoming meetings/Boston Dharma Punx goings-on as well as our Annual Fall Gathering.
First, there will be a community meeting on September 24 to discuss whether or not we want to move to a new location that is more T-accessible. There will be a couple other items on the agenda, but that’s the main thing we will be talking about.
Second, Rebel Recovery is currently on an extended hiatus. There is movement afoot to restart the group with a new day/time/location. Stay tuned for more information.
Finally, the second annual East Coast Dharma Punx Fall Gathering has been scheduled for the weekend of October 14-16 in Bennington, VT. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Our very first podcast with guest speaker Jason Staples: “Don’t Question Everything, Reflect on Everything.”
For about the last month there has been a new Wednesday night routine for several of us Boston Dharma Punx. Starting at 5:30 we meet at Life Alive in Central Square, Cambridge for some awesome (and wholesome) food followed by a short stroll over to the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) for their Wednesday evening sit and Dharma talk program. If you’ve never been to CIMC, or if you’re shy about going by yourself, this new little ritual might be a great way to get you started (and deepen your practice). Personally I find it much more enjoyable to be there when I have friends around.
The CIMC program consists of a 45 minute sit starting at 6:45 and then a talk from a Dharma teacher. Teachers include the CIMC guiding teachers (Larry Rosenberg and the Liebson-Grady’s), various monastics, and other teachers from the Therevada traditions. For more information check out their website.
It’s been a while since we have had a business meeting so we will be having a community meeting on July 10 for anyone who is interested in participating. The meeting will start at 5:00 after our regular sit and Dharma discussion. All are welcome to join.
Due to the July Fourth holiday weekend neither Rebel Recovery nor Profound Existence will meet this coming weekend. Both will be back next weekend on July 9th and 10th.
We are pleased to announce that we have awarded the first two $250 scholarships to members of the Boston Dharma Punx community to attend the East Coast Against the Stream Retreat in September. We are still fundraising to provide another scholarship, so far we have $60 towards our goal of $250. If you would like to donate please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don’t normally use this space as a place to actually talk about the Dharma, but maybe that should change. Last night I went to the open sit and Dharma talk at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC). The talk was given by Larry Rosenberg who has recently become one of my favorite teachers; if you have never read Breath by Breath you are really missing out on one of the best sutta commentaries ever. During the talk Larry said two things that really stuck with me and so I’d like to share them here.
The topic of the talk basically ended up being about where we can find the inner peace that so many of us are looking for. Larry took a very broad view of what inner peace means, choosing to interpret it as enlightenment or awakening rather than the more mundane self-help connotations that immediately come to my mind. Throughout the talk Larry repeated a question and answer: “Where can we find inner peace? The same place that we find sorrow.” Here again, the term sorrow was used in the broadest sense, akin to suffering or Dukkha. I found this sentiment simply amazing, not only because Larry was pointing to this notion that inner peace is to be found within (as opposed to out in the world of external getting and having), but also because my own experience lately has been that the closer I get to my own pain, the happier I actually am. It’s really quite profound when you think about it, allowing ourselves to be aware of and feel our own pain from a place of equanimity rather than aversion leads us to a place where we are free from that pain, fucking astounding.
Okay the second thing is not nearly so insightful but led me to a place of great freedom when thinking about my own practice and that is this: whatever practice works for you, breath meditation, metta, chanting mantras, whatever, follow it instead of getting hung up on having to engage in the “right” practice. This was like an invitation to me to put down the breath (which I really struggle with) as the object of meditation and allow myself to focus on metta practice which leads me to a place of deep calm and insight. I just thought that was cool and wanted to share (it’s also the basis for this week’s discussion topic on Sunday).
So that was all I had, just some things that spoke to me that I thought might be of interest to others. Let me know if you’re interested in having more posts actually related to the Dharma instead of just BostonDPX goings on, I’ll be happy to oblige.
We have reached our preliminary fundraising goal of $500 to help people attend the Against the Stream East Coast Retreat thanks to a very generous donation from a member of our community. We are now able to provide two $250 scholarships! Fundraising will continue through the summer in the hopes that we can provide one or two additional scholarships. If you are interested in donating to the fund or applying for a scholarship please email us at email@example.com.