Programs

May 19: Yoga & Insight Meditation
March-June: The Relaxed Mind Monthly Series
May 30-June 6: Metta Meditation Retreat
August 19-26: ATS East Coast Insight Meditation Retreat
October 25-28: In the Footsteps of the Buddha: Cultivating Calm, Clarity, & Wisdom

May 19: Yoga & Insight Meditation

A Half-Day Retreat with Chris Crotty

Description
This program is open to anyone interested in exploring the relationship between yoga asana (postures) and insight meditation. Often separated, asana and meditation are mutually supportive practice forms. Yoga helps to open and relax the body in preparation for meditation, while meditation allows us to bring greater attention and presence to our yoga. Together these two forms foster self-awareness and insight into the conditions that underlie greater well-being and personal freedom.

This half-day retreat includes alternating periods of yoga postures and guided meditation based on the four foundations of mindfulness, and is aimed at helping students expand their understanding of Buddhist practice and Hatha yoga. Yoga sessions will be accessible to all levels of practitioners, including beginners, and will focus on slow movement, stretching, and breathing. Suitable for beginning and experienced meditators.

When
Saturday, May 19
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where
Ashtanga Yoga Boston
348 Broadway
Cambridge, MA

Cost
$35 basic, $50 sustaining
Plus dana

Registration
Please select the price option that is right for you and then click the button to pay the registration fee online. You will receive an email confirming your registration.

Payment Options

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

Teacher
Chris Crotty is a Buddhist teacher, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine. Chris has practiced meditation since 1998 with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Inndaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, as well as Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest Tradition, and senior western Vipassana Teachers. Chris is the guiding teacher at Against the Stream Boston.

March-June: The Relaxed Mind Monthly Series

A Monthly Series with Kate Lila Wheeler and Jim Rosen

Following The Relaxed Mind presentation by Dza Kilung Rinpoche on March 19, two of Rinpoche’s authorized senior students, ATS Boston guest teacher Kate Lila Wheeler and executive coach Jim Rosen, are offering meditations employing this technique on the last Thursday of the month for four months in a row, at ATS Boston’s regular weekly sit.

Description
Meditation leads to relaxation, it is often said. Yet how often do we see that the simplicity of relaxation can also lead to profound understandings in meditation practice and our lives? Against the Stream Boston is hosting a four-part course on The Relaxed Mind, a series of meditations developed by Dza Kilung Rinpoche, a world-renowned, beloved meditation master from Eastern Tibet. The Relaxed Mind draws on essential wisdom from the Tibetan tradition in a form accessible to everyone, from beginners to advanced students. Taught by Jim Rosen and Kate Lila Wheeler, the meditations will be presented one Thursday per month. Units will include how to relax and harmonize body energies; how to hold our mental focus without creating stress and strain; a deeper look at how a flow of attention can smooth out our hearts and minds; and the essential ability of our awareness to contain all experiences, whether good or bad, without wavering.

The book The Relaxed Mind may be purchased here, and a video of Rinpoche guiding a 30-minute meditation using this technique is available here.

When
Thursday evenings, 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
March 29, April 26, May 31, and June 28

Where
Karma Yoga Studio
1120 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Cost
ATS Boston’s regular weekly suggested donation of $10-20.

Registration
There is no preregistration for this event – just show up for our weekly sit! Please email us at info@againstthestreamboston.org with any questions.

Teachers
Kate Lila Wheeler’s formal practice began in 1977. Her training is mostly in the Vipassana or Insight tradition that came to the West from in India, Burma, and the Thai forest; she is also authorized to share aspects from the Tibetan Nyingma lineage, and she was ordained twice as a nun. Currently she’s helping to coordinate training new dharma teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Kate Lila also writes fiction and journalism. She lives in Somerville, traveling often to teach.

Jim Rosen is an executive coach who works with founders and leadership teams in startups. He draws on his experience spanning both the business and the contemplative worlds. An MIT graduate and a serial entrepreneur, Jim cofounded and helped build two successful software startups. As a long-time Buddhist practitioner he has been studying and teaching mindfulness for over 30 years. His work stems from the nexus of these two worlds.

May 30-June 6: Metta Meditation Retreat

With Sayadaw U Inndaka, May Myint Oo, and Chris Crotty

Description
For the third year in a row, Burmese meditation master Sayadaw U Inndaka and his translator Mimmi are joining Chris Crotty to offer a residential retreat on the East Coast. This seven-night silent retreat will offer instruction in metta or loving-kindness meditation, and will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma talks, and one-on-one teacher interviews. This retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and will be held at IMC Newburyport’s beautiful rural meditation center in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

When
Wednesday, May 30 to Wednesday, June 6 (seven nights)

Where
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
West Newbury, MA

Registration
This retreat offers both residential and commuter options. The residential option allows you to stay in the retreat residence at IMCN and better maintain your container of silence, while the commuter option allows you to sleep at home each night for a lower cost. There is also a tiered pricing system (see the dropdown menu below); paying at the highest level you can afford allows us to offer retreats to as many people as possible. In addition, there is an option to attend the retreat for just one day, on Saturday, June 2.

To register, please download the appropriate registration form and fill it out and submit it. 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.”

Residential Registration Form
Commuter Registration Form
Saturday-Only Registration Form

There are limited scholarship funds available for this retreat – if you need financial assistance, please contact us at the email address below.

Please note, none of the money from the registration fee goes to the teachers; there will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to offer dana (generosity) to support the teachers.

Payment Options

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

Teachers

Sayadaw U Inndaka is from Myanmar (Burma) and was ordained in 1972 by Mahagandhayon Sayadaw. In 1976 he practiced vipassana meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Center in Mandalay, where he was taught by Chanmyay Sayadaw. Some years later he went to the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center in Yangon, Myanmar, where he was commissioned to teach meditation. Since 2004 he has been the sayadaw (head monk) of the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, which has locations near Yangon and Mandalay. His books on the practice of metta meditation and the factors of enlightenment have been translated into English and German.

May Myint Oo (Mimmi) has been practising meditation since 1992. She sat intensive retreats for many years at the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Center, where she studied under Sayadaw U Janaka and was a volunteer translator and assistant to meditators. Since 2004 she has translated on a volunteer basis for Sayadaw U Inndaka at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center and on his teaching trips to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, the United States, and elsewhere. She has also translated many of his writings.

Chris Crotty is the guiding teacher of Against the Stream Boston. He met Sayadaw U Inndaka in 2010 while sitting the traditional three-month “rains retreat” at Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Chris continues to practice with Sayadaw U Inndaka both in Myanmar and the United States.

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.

October 25-28: In the Footsteps of the Buddha: Cultivating Calm, Clarity, & Wisdom

Fall Insight Meditation Retreat with Chris Crotty

Description
Retreat provides a unique opportunity to slow the pace of your life and quiet the mind. Supported by silence, nature, and daily meditation instruction, we first cultivate calm and stability, and then observe the mind’s activity with greater clarity. Once we are able to consistently observe the mind, we see into the true nature of things as they are – the wisdom that results helps us avoid the causes of suffering, allowing happiness and well-being to blossom.

Open to both new and experienced meditators, ATS Boston’s third annual fall weekend retreat will consist of alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, daily dharma talks, and opportunities for questions and discussion with the teacher.

When
October 25-28 (Thursday to Sunday)

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

Registration
Registration is not yet open for this retreat. Mark your calendar and check back soon!