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


March 19: The Relaxed Mind

An Evening with Dza Kilung Rinpoche

Shortly after arriving in the United States in the late 1990s, it became clear to Dza Kilung Rinpoche that his Western students responded to traditional meditation instructions differently from his students in Asia. The Westerners didn’t know how to relax and let go of tension—our pressured, fast-paced lifestyles carried over into meditation. This evening, Dza Kilung Rinpoche will offer teachings from his book, The Relaxed Mind, a seven-phase practice adapted from traditional instructions and intended to counteract the overwhelming distraction that has become a global culture these days. Beginners and experienced meditators alike are welcome.

The Relaxed Mind will be for sale at this event. You can also purchase it here.

Monday, March 19
7:30 – 9 p.m.

The Boston Center for Contemplative Practice
796 Beacon Street
Newton Center, MA

$10 plus teacher dana.

There is no preregistration for this event – you may pay at the door. Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions about this program.

Dza Kilung Rinpoche was born in 1970 and is head of Kilung Monastery in the Dzachuka District of Kham, Tibet, which he has been working to reestablish as a center of learning and practice. He began teaching in the West in 1998 and has a home on Whidbey Island near Seattle, Washington. He divides his time among Washington, his community in Tibet, and his students worldwide. He regularly offers teachings in Boston, Beijing, Denmark, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brazil, and Argentina.

Guiding Teacher

Chris Crotty

Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in wellness and alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has taken retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, scholar-practitioner Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015 by Noah Levine and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka (Chanmyay Myaing, Myanmar).

Chris’s teaching combines Theravada Buddhism’s emphasis on insight and ethics with the Mahayana ideal of compassionate action, along with the synthesis of practice and study. 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.

Prior to focusing on Buddhist practices, Chris taught Hatha yoga, directing a community yoga center in Gloucester, Mass., and training yoga teachers internationally at the 200-hour and 500-hour levels. Chris’s yoga combines yin, viniyoga, and kripalu with trauma-sensitive methodologies and mindfulness.  His weekend-format yoga teacher training, Hatha-Dharma, developed to help students practice and teach a more awareness-based yoga, has been offered at yoga centers internationally.

Chris has taught at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health’s Institute for Integrated Leadership, as well as the Trauma Center in Brookline, Mass., and he was active in yoga research with Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  For Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) he taught retreats and managed the development of iBme’s Mindfulness Teacher Training program. His course “Living the Good Life: Practicing Health and Wellbeing” is a core course in Wellness and Alternative Medicine at Johnson State College. As a visiting lecturer Chris has taught at Endicott College’s nursing program and at Tufts University. He holds a master’s degree in ecopsychology, sustainable leadership, and Buddhist practice, and is currently an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation (CSCPF). Chris regularly teaches workshops and retreats nationally and offers individual mentoring and Buddhist pastoral counseling. To learn more about Chris and to view his full schedule, visit chriscrottydharma.org.

Chris Crotty, Guiding Teacher
Chris Crotty, Guiding Teacher