This program will be held at our Center in Cambridge. Masks will be optional.
Throughout his teachings, the Buddha extolled the value of spiritual friendship as a support for everyone on the path of awakening. When his attendant, Ananda, stated “Venerable sir, this is half of the holy life, that is, good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship.”, the Buddha replied “Not so, Ānanda! This is the entire holy life, that is, good friendship, good companionship, good comradeship.”
For decades, like-minded meditators who met at CIMC have formed small groups to nurture spiritual growth and friendship. These are called Kalyana Mitta (KM) groups and they meet outside of the Center, often in people’s homes. They provide valuable and treasured support for the practice.
In this practice group, we will learn what the Buddha taught about spiritual friendship. We will explore the value of KM groups as well as how to create, join, or participate in them. Experienced KM leaders will be invited to answer questions in the last class. At the end of this program, participants may choose to form one or more Kalyana Mitta groups to meet outside of the Center.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators of all ages and all levels of experience. Everyone is welcome.
Full and partial scholarships are available up to 72 hours before the start of the program.