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.
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.
A Half-Day Retreat with Kate Lila Wheeler
We might suddenly wake up one day and realize that living in our heads is not normal. Mind and body were never really separate, so how do we keep losing the connection between them? Meditation helps us “re-incarnate,” reconnect with the felt sense of a living, experiential body, rather than an image or a concept of the body. The body has a natural knowing quality that can clarify decision making and provide a liberating way to process emotions. This afternoon we will learn to track emotions and thoughts in the body, relax tension, and practice feeling into the whole body field in seated and walking meditations. We will also experiment with gently holding a focus in our body as we think and speak and feel emotions. The experience of embodiment is not to be missed! This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave.
$35 plus teacher dana
Please use the following link to pay the registration fee online; payment secures your place in the retreat.
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.