Programs

August 19-26: ATS East Coast Insight Meditation Retreat
September 8: Attachment & Nonattachment: The Dharma of Relationship
September 10: Awareness and Wisdom in Daily Life
October 13: Awakening Together: The Power of Spiritual Friendship
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
For pricing and to register for this retreat, please visit the Against the Stream website.

Teachers

Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher at ATS Boston. He is a Buddhist teacher and pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in wellness and alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, Chris was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015 by senior teachers in the western Insight (vipassana) tradition, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka of Burma. Read more about Chris here.

Cheryl Slean has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1995 and studying in the Theravada Buddhist (Insight) tradition since 1998. After completing Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program in 2007, she received authorization to teach from Rodney Smith of Seattle Insight (SIMS). Now based in Southern California, Cheryl is a member of the teachers councils at Against the Stream L.A. and Insight Community of the Desert. Read more about Cheryl here.

Vinnie Ferraro has been a practitioner of insight meditation (vipassana) since the early 1990s. He is a cofounder of Dharma Punx and co-guiding teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He is also a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk adolescents and is currently senior trainer for Mindful Schools. Read more about Vinnie here.

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.

Payment Options

Teachers

Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher at ATS Boston. He is a Buddhist teacher and pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in wellness and alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, Chris was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015 by senior teachers in the western Insight (vipassana) tradition, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Inndaka of Burma. Read more about Chris here.

Julia Barry is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner® who provides psychotherapy to adult individuals, couples, families, and mother/infant pairs. She is committed to supporting clients in the greater Boston area toward their goals by utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing®, and mindfulness techniques. Read more about Julia here.

September 10: Awareness and Wisdom in Daily Life

An Evening with Bhikkhu Viveka

Description
Just as maintaining a healthy body requires a wholehearted commitment, so too does maintaining a healthy mind. The practice of mindfulness does give results, but we have to be realistic in our expectations for meditation: true awakening requires a holistic embrace of the Noble Eightfold Path, of which meditation is just one part. Together, we can explore how to practice in a holistic way that both actually works for us and is enjoyable. The whole point of our practice is to reduce suffering and develop beneficial states of mind—more happiness, less suffering, really!

When
Monday, September 10
7 – 9 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA

Cost
$10, plus dana for the teacher

Registration
Click below to register by submitting payment via PayPal; in a day or two you will receive a confirmation email. Walk-ins are welcome too, but preregistration is preferred. Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions.

Teacher
Bhikkhu Viveka (Christian Mercier) is a French-Canadian Theravadin Buddhist monk born (or reborn) in 1976. His exploration of meditation began in his mid-teens and grew slowly and steadily through the next decade. In 2002, he went on his first retreat: a ten-day Goenka/vipassana intensive retreat that had a big impact on his interest in Buddhist meditation. Eventually, he began to explore some of the Buddhist monastic traditions, including the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah, the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Mahasi tradition in Burma. Finally, in 2013 he took the maroon robes in Burma with his current teacher, Sayadaw U Tejaniya. During his time in Burma he also completed a one-year samatha retreat with Pa-Auk Sayadaw. Currently, Ven. Viveka is travelling in North America, exploring monasticism and Buddhist meditation. His main interest is simply to continue practicing, learning, and sharing (when people ask) these teachings of wisdom, inner freedom, and true happiness.

October 13: Awakening Together: The Power of Spiritual Friendship

A Half-Day Retreat with Janet Surrey

Description
This retreat will be an introduction to Insight Dialogue, a fully engaged relational meditation practice in the Theravadan tradition. Insight Dialogue brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, source, and release of human suffering.

In this retreat we will introduce the six meditative guidelines of Insight Dialogue: Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, and Speak the Truth. We will explore the importance of spiritual friendship on the Path, and how Insight Dialogue practice supports our capacity for nourishing spiritual friendship in our lives.

The retreat will be held in Noble Silence as we explore the power of listening  and speaking out of Silence. The retreat is appropriate for those new and experienced with Insight Dialogue. Prior meditation experience is suggested.

When
Saturday, October 13
1 – 4:30 p.m.

Where
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave
Arlington, MA

Cost
$35 Basic
$50 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 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.

Payment Options

Teacher
Janet Surrey, PhD, is an Insight Dialogue teacher. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice group in the Boston area. Jan has been a faculty member of Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs’ Teachers Council. Read more about Jan here.

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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