Founded in 2014, Against the Stream Boston is a Theravada Buddhist community offering weekly group meditation and dharma talks as well as daylong and residential retreats. Our guiding teacher is Chris Crotty.

We are affiliated with Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, founded in 2007 by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery. The mission of Against the Stream is to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested. We wish to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise, and compassionate people from all walks of life. We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political, and religious backgrounds and preferences and believe that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all. We strive to create a safe environment for all who come to practice.


Weekly Meditation

ATS Boston meets every Thursday from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Karma Yoga Studio in Harvard Square (1120 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge). Meetings typically begin with 20 to 30 minutes of guided meditation, followed by a dharma talk and discussion with our guiding teacher, Chris Crotty, or another teacher or facilitator.

Though grounded in the Theravada tradition, we strive to expose our members to diverse approaches to the dharma by occasionally hosting teachers from other traditions, such as Tibetan or Zen Buddhism.

Thursday Schedule


Oct-Nov: Cultivating Kindness: The Power & Protection of Metta

An Online Meditation Course with Chris Crotty

This online course offers an opportunity to study and practice metta (loving-kindness) meditation according to the Visuddhimagga, a critical Buddhist commentary. With one week dedicated to each category of metta, this course will guide you through the traditional stages of loving-kindness, the Buddha’s central heart practice. With an emphasis on cultivation (bhavana), the course integrates daily practice, personal reflection, individual support and group discussion, and strategies for dealing with obstacles and resistance, to support you in developing your understanding and experience of the metta mind-stateWe will also explore the fruits of loving-kindness personally, relationally, and socially, along with metta’s relationship to insight and wisdom. This is an excellent and supportive way to begin or deepen your daily meditation practice, while studying one of Buddhism’s most comprehensive meditation manuals.

Included in course:
• Six-week meditation curriculum with instructions for daily practice
• Comprehensive overview of metta and its role on the Buddhist path
• Introduction to the Visuddhimagga: The Path of Purification
• Weekly handouts with core teachings & supplementary reading
• Weekly question & answer session, including individual instruction
• Weekly reflection questions based on the metta sutta
• Engagement with others and teacher support
Technology requirements: This course will use the online platform Zoom, which is free and easy to use. Prior to each class you will receive an invitation via email, containing a link providing access to the class. Zoom is similar to Skype, but it allows for more people to participate and for the teacher to display “handouts” on the screen. If for some reason you don’t have computer access for a class, a phone number will be provided that you can use to call in. All class sessions will be recorded in case you miss a class, or want access to the material after the scheduled class time.

Dates: October 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15 (Wednesdays)
Time: 7:30-9pm Eastern / 4:30-6pm Pacific

The fees for this program are offered on a sliding scale basis. This allows participants to pay according to individual means. The sustaining rate represents the actual cost to offer this retreat. If you can afford this level or higher, you assist our efforts to offer lower sliding-scale rates and ongoing financial subsidies.

Fee Schedule:
Scholarship: $99
Sustaining: $150
Supporting: $200

Please use the following link to register and pay the registration fee online.

Payment Level

Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions about this program or how to register.

Guiding Teacher

Chris Crotty

Chris Crotty has practiced meditation since 1998, taking retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and Bhikkhu Analayo, as well as western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition and senior western Vipassana teachers. He completed teacher training with Noah Levine and Vinny Ferraro (Against the Stream) in 2015 and was endorsed to teach metta and vipassana by Sayadaw U Indaka (Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, Burma) in 2016.

Chris’s teaching integrates Theravada Buddhism’s focus on awakening and ethics with the Mahayana ideal of compassion and service. He is also influenced by the fields of ecopsychology, attachment theory, and contemplative, pastoral, and palliative approaches to sickness, aging, and end-of-life care.

In addition to serving as the guiding teacher at Against the Stream Boston, Chris teaches retreats and manages the Mindfulness Teacher Training Program at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme), offers meditation mentoring and counseling through Contemplative Wellness and Education, and is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Alternative Medicine at Johnson State College in Vermont. Chris currently studies Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) through the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation.

Chris Crotty, Guiding Teacher
Chris Crotty, Guiding Teacher