This week we will be doing a guided meditation from “Keeping the Breath in Mind”. This will be followed by a short discussion on the First Foundation of Mindfulness. Don’t miss it!
Category Archives: Upcoming Events
Noah Levine will be coming to speak to the Boston Dharma Punx on April 29, 2012 from 4-6pm. Noah will be leading a meditation then talking Dharma with us. The event will be free, although we will be collecting dana.
Please bring your own cushion if you have one as seating will be limited. There is no need to register in advance.
Please email email@example.com with questions.
Against the Stream has recently announced the dates for the second annual east coast meditation retreat. The retreat will run from Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 5:00pm until Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 3:00pm.
his silent retreat with Noah and ATS Teachers, is a chance to experience an extended period of meditation that is so vital to our practice. There will be periods of sitting and walking meditation, with instructions and daily dharma talks.
Retreats offer the opportunity to move deeply into our experience and know the poignancy of the human condition and the capacity of the heart. This form of practice supports our deepest intention to be free. This retreat is especially good for those who are unable to get away for extended retreats or those who are in their first few years of practice. All are welcome to attend.
More info and pricing to follow as soon as it is released.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
Our new Buddhist recovery meeting will be starting up in June. We will meet every week at 3pm on Saturdays at Right Turn. Meetings will consist of a 15-20 minute meditation (instructions will be provided for those new to meditation) followed by an open discussion on how mindfulness and Buddhist practice can support our recovery from within.
The meeting is open to anyone in recovery, anyone participating in any type of 12-step group including Al-Anon, and anyone thinking about entering recovery. We are not affiliated with AA so you don’t need to be working the 12 steps to attend.
This meeting is a sober community. If you are recovering from something other than alcohol or substance abuse we ask that you be mindful of those who are during the meeting.
On 12/15/2010 Scott Cioffi lost everything, including his beloved dog Truman, in a house fire. A benefit has been organized to help Scott rebuild his life. For many years he has given his all to anyone who needed it, now is our time to give back to him.
The day will feature a Silent Auction (see comments for details and prizes), a 50-50 raffle, and a celebration of the incomparable bond of love between Scott and Truman. All set to music by some of the most talented members of the greater Cambridge/Somerville music community.
This is an all ages event. There will be a $10 donation at the door. There will be a cash bar and food available.
The benefit is taking place at The Burren in Davis Square (247 Elm Street, Somerville, MA) from noon to 6pm this Saturday 2/19.
For those of you who do not subscribe to the Dharma Punx Nation newsletter, the latest edition noted several appearances, workshops, and retreats led by Noah planned for 2011. Of biggest import to the Profound Existence gang is the weeklong ATS retreat being held on the East Coast! For most infomation check out the events page on the Dharma Punx website. I’ll be posting some of these events on our Events page, but only those that will be local to the Boston area.
In the Zen tradition, each summer and winter monks and lay practitioners commit themselves to ninety-day training periods of focused practice. Called ango, or kessei, this traditional practice dates back to the retreats held during the summer rainy seasons in the Buddha’s time.
Several members of Profound Existence have set an intention to sit for at least 20 minutes on each of the 90 days following January 16. This Sunday one of our members will talk about how he got into practice, what led him to Zen and what eventually led him out of it. There will also be discussion on generally what a pain in the arse it is to try and have a regular practice in today’s world.
Profound Existence is also offering the opportunity to commit to 90 sits in 90 days to anybody who thinks it would be beneficial to their own personal practice and who wants the support of knowing they have a community of practitioners around them, but we’re not SELLING anything. Except, um, for this Canon SLR that we’re not using anymore…