This program will be held in person at our Center in Cambridge.
Please bring a vegetarian lunch or plan to go out during the lunch break. Masks will be optional.
Both provocative and compelling, Buddhist teachings on aging, sickness, and death convey a truth about our lives so significant that exploring them can enrich our meditation practice and our whole life in profound ways. While there may be a tendency to dismiss or turn away from these existential “truths”, there is an opportunity to use our practice to contemplate them in a manner consistent with the Dharma’s goal of insight and freedom.
- How does turning towards these truths facilitate greater meaning and purpose in our lives?
- How might these teachings foster non-attachment and joy?
- How might we use our practice to cultivate kind and compassionate responses to these inevitable challenges of being human?
- How do centuries-old Buddhist practices centered around aging, sickness, and death support us in living with more equanimity and fearlessness in the days we have left?
In this workshop, we will explore these questions in depth. We will integrate silent periods of sitting and walking meditation with periods of guided meditation, teacher reflections, and group discussions, as well as time for personal reflection.
This program is open to all, including beginners and experienced meditators, those confronting difficulties associated with aging, sickness, and death, and anyone interested in exploring how the tradition of Dharma practice draws upon these teachings as daily reminders. Everyone is welcome.
This program will not be recorded. Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.
Chris Crotty, M.A., BCCC, BCPC, is a Buddhist teacher, clinical chaplain and pastoral counselor, and furniture maker. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has taken retreats with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka 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 senior teachers in the western Insight (vipassana) tradition, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Indaka. Chris is the co-spiritual director at The Center for Mindfulness & Insight Meditation Wenham, a faculty member at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care & Pastoral Formation (CSCPF).