Programs

August 19-26: ATS East Coast Insight Meditation Retreat
September 8: Attachment & Nonattachment: The Dharma of Relationship
October 25-28: Calm, Clarity, & Wisdom

August 19-26: ATS East Coast Insight Meditation Retreat

With Chris Crotty, Cheryl Slean, and Vinny Ferraro

Description
At this well-loved annual Against the Stream retreat featuring teachers from across the organization, we focus our attention on breath, body, heart, and mind. The instructions will be based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, in combination with exercises in lovingkindness and compassion. Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation,  dharma talks and interviews. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced dharma students.

When
August 19-26 (Sunday to Sunday)

Where
Dharma Drum Retreat Center
Pine Bush, NY

Registration
To register for this retreat, please visit the Against the Stream website.

September 8: Attachment & Nonattachment: The Dharma of Relationship

A Workshop with Chris Crotty, MA, & Julia Barry, LMFT

Description
One of the basic tenets of Buddhist practice is that attachment causes suffering. Western psychology promotes secure attachment in relationship as central to physical, emotional, and psychological health and well-being. How do we resolve this paradox? How do we resolve our need for deep connection in relationship alongside our wish for the deep happiness promoted by Buddhist teachings? How can meditation help us achieve greater ease, skill, and satisfaction in our relationships?  

In this program we will explore Buddhist teachings on impermanence and not-self, as well as attachment theory, which addresses how our early childhood relationships inform our adult views and behaviors. The format will include meditation instruction, Buddhist and Western teachings on attachment, and relational mindfulness practices.  

We are all in relationship, whether it be intimate partnership, family, friendship, or community – all are welcome and encouraged to attend this program! This program will serve as a foundation for future programs focusing on Buddhism, meditation, and relationship and is recommended for anyone who may want to further their practice and understanding in these disciplines.  

When
Saturday, September 8
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA

Cost
$45 Basic
$60 Sustaining
Paying at the highest level you can afford helps us make our programs available to as many people as possible. There is also an opportunity to offer additional dana (generosity) at the end of the program.

Registration
To register, select your preferred pricing option (one registration per person) from the drop-down menu below and then click the button to submit payment via PayPal; in a day or two you will receive a confirmation email. Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions.

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October 25-28: Calm, Clarity, & Wisdom

A Meditation and Study Retreat with Chris Crotty

Description

Retreat provides a unique opportunity to slow the pace of your life, quiet the mind, and investigate the Buddha’s teachings. Supported by silence, nature, daily meditation, and periods of study, this practice and study retreat provides a unique setting to still the mind and then examine core Buddhist teachings through Dharma talks, personal reflection, and discussion. The purpose is to develop a better understanding of how meditation helps us investigate Buddhist teachings, and how study of Buddhist teachings helps us understand and integrate meditative experience into our life in ways that are personally and socially relevant – the wisdom that results helps us avoid the causes of suffering, allowing happiness and wellbeing to blossom within ourselves, our family, communities, and society.

Open to both new and experienced meditators, this residential retreat will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily instructional talks (Dharma talks), and teacher-guided periods of study and reflection. An excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to include or further integrate Buddhist suttas into their Dharma path.

When
October 25-28 (Thursday to Sunday)

Where
Angels’ Rest Retreat Center
Leyden, MA (western Mass.)

Registration
To register, please download the registration form and fill it out and submit it. There is a tiered pricing system; paying at the highest level you can afford allows us to offer retreats to as many people as possible. You may pay by mailing a check, authorizing a credit card transaction, or via PayPal by selecting your pricing option below and then clicking “Pay Online.” There are limited scholarship funds available for this retreat; to apply, also download and complete the scholarship application.

Autumn Insight Retreat Registration Form
Autumn Insight Retreat Scholarship Form

 

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