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The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice. Thursday meetups are for everyone: a 30-minute meditation, a dhamma talk or some other teaching program, and ending with sharing about our practice and questions and answers.

More advanced practitioners are invited to Pariyatti for classes on concepts and practice. Extended no-frills meditation practice will be offered weekly, longer residential retreats for those wanting to deepen mindfulness and concentration.

We recognize that people’s needs vary widely so will attempt to provide teachings and support to benefit where we are in our interest, commitment, and practice experience.

Thursday meetups are held at All Souls Church that provide facilities without charging us. Dana or voluntary donations on First Thursdays will be donated to the church in gratefulness for their generosity; on Third Thursdays, dana will fund IBMR’s programs that cost to organize, and scholarships for those in need of financial assistance to participate.

Thursday meetups are free. Other events may require a registration fee. See details for each one.

RSVP is encouraged but not required for attending Thursday meetups. Just show up if your schedule changes and you are able to come and join us.

For other events, RSVP may be required. Please check descriptions of each event for information.

Upcoming events (5+)

Saturday Sangha at The Hatch

The Hatch

Sangha in modern Buddhist practice is a community of practitioners who meet regularly to inspire and support practice, and where, when needed, teachings and guidance are available. Every Saturday we'll meet for 3 hours sitting and walking meditation. No dhamma talk but, if needed, meditation instruction is available. We end at 3:45 for a practice-related sangha discussion. If you are needed to stay in touch with others between 1:00 and 4:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat. No registration fee. Dana or voluntary donation for the teachings is welcome. RSVP is requested.

Fifth Thursday: Taking Refuge in.... 2019!

All Souls Unitarian Church

Sharon Zollman is giving tonight’s talk and leading the discussion following the talk: “We will discuss what the three refuges are at a high level and what the original teaching was. We'll take a look at each the three separately from the perspective of different traditions as seems appropriate and we will discuss what it means to 'take refuge' in the 21st century and in our daily practice.” Thursday meetups are held at All Souls Church that provide facilities without charging us. Fifth Thursday dana will go to IBMR to help with operating expenses, like facility rentals, organizer fees, etc. Dana also funds scholarships for those unable to afford retreats and other events with cost. Your generosity helps. The meet-up ends at 8:30, to be followed by Sangha Fellowship until 8:45 (we have to be out of the church by 9 PM). Donations of snack and/or drinks are welcome. This provides opportunity for attendees to enjoy each other’s company, share life events, and get to know other IBMR members. Thursday meetups are free. Other events may require a registration fee. See details for each one. RSVP is encouraged but not required for attending Thursday meetups. Just show up if your schedule changes and you are able to come and join us. For other events, RSVP may be required. Please check descriptions of each event for information.

Saturday Sangha at The Hatch

The Hatch

Sangha in modern Buddhist practice is a community of practitioners who meet regularly to inspire and support practice, and where, when needed, teachings and guidance are available. Every Saturday we'll meet for 3 hours sitting and walking meditation. No dhamma talk but, if needed, meditation instruction is available. We end at 3:45 for a practice-related sangha discussion. If you are needed to stay in touch with others between 1:00 and 4:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat. No registration fee. Dana or voluntary donation for the teachings is welcome. RSVP is requested.

First Thursday: Does This Sound Familiar? Tales from the Cushion.

All Souls Unitarian Church

This First Thursday we have a guest Dharma Talk giver, Clair Dana, from Hoosier Shambhala Heartland. “I'll tell you a bit about the continuing evolution of my meditation experience since 2010: the "good" times, the "bad" times: advice what I find helpful in the Shambhala tradition and why I also practice with IBMR. Open Discussion will follow." The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice. Thursday meetups are for everyone: a 30-minute meditation, a dhamma talk or some other teaching program, and ending with sharing about our practice and questions and answers. More advanced practitioners are invited to Pariyatti for classes in concepts and practice. No-frills meditation practice will be offered regularly for all, longer retreats with dhamma talks for those wanting to develop mindfulness and concentration. We recognize that people’s needs vary widely so will attempt to provide teachings and support to benefit where we are in our interest, commitment, and practice experience. Dana or voluntary donations on First Thursdays will be donated to the church in gratefulness; on Third (and Fifth) Thursdays, dana will fund IBMR’s programs that cost to organize, and scholarships for those in need of financial assistance to participate. Thursday meetups are free. Other events may require a registration fee. See details for each one. RSVP is encouraged but not required for attending Thursday meetups. Just show up if your schedule changes and you are able to come and join us. For other events, RSVP may be required. Please check descriptions of each event for information.

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Pariyatti - The Heart Sutra and Emptiness

The Hatch

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