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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+)

Tuesday Evening Meditation at Green Men Gallery

Green Men Art Gallery

This is a new venue for evening meditation and practice support on the Near North East. We start with generalities about meditation - instructions will be given if needed - and meditate for 20 to 30 minutes. Questions and answers will end the hour-long meetup. Meditation shall be in the vipassana (Pali-based) tradition, using breath sensations to focus and quiet the mind. The group practice is free. Dana will be available for those wanting to contribute to Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats. Wear comfortable clothing. If you prefer to sit on the floor, please bring your cushions. No RSVP required; just show up and stay the whole hour.

Wednesday Morning Meditation at Ruckus Downtown

We’ll sit for 30 minutes to start the workday with a fresh, focused mind. No RSVP required; just show up at Ruckus. Use the side door. If this is your first time to come, please message Orlando to let him know you’re coming. Free but dana for IBMR is welcome.

Fifth Thursday: Meditation and Buddhist Discussion

All Souls Unitarian Church

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. IBMR also hosts extended periods of meditation practice the second Saturday of the month when a residential retreat isn't scheduled. IBMR is one of the few, if not the only organization of our type offering regular day and overnight retreats. Please check our calendar for upcoming events. 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 remaining 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. Attendees (2)

Meditation, Chanting and Dhamma Teaching with Bhante Devananda

Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center

From 9 am to 4 pm August 31, Buddhist practitioners and their friends will have the opportunity to meditate and hear teachings from Bhante Devananda. Venerable Thalangama Devananda Maha Thero (Bhante Devananda) was born in 1972. He was ordained June 17, 1982 and took high ordination (Upasampada) ten years later under Bhante Anuruddha. Bhante Devananda is the Abbot (Vihara Dipati) and Meditation Instructor at Indiana Buddhist Temple. He founded Indiana Buddhist Temple in 2003. He is also the Deputy Incumbent (Vihara Dikari) of Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Rajamaha Viharaya, Kotte, Srilanka. He has performed priestly services all over the USA and internationally, and has also been requested for special chanting & blessing ceremonies In addition to his duties in Indiana, Bhante is also the Deputy Incumbent of Lankarama Buddhist Institute, Los Angeles, CA Some of his published works: • 2014 “Living Mindfully” Living Fort Wayne, Monthly Magazine May edition • 2004 – Present, recorded CDs of Buddhist Chants: Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion), Bojjhanga Sutta (the Seven Factors of Enlightment), Maha Mangala Sutta Pali and English, Dhammapada Verses in Pali and English, Gilana Sutta, Dhajagga Sutta, Maha Pirith, Seth Pirith, Ashirwada Pooja, Jinapanjara and many more. The day program will be held at Benedict Inn in Beech Grove, Indiana Those who want to stay overnight may contact Benedict Inn directly. https://www.benedictinn.org/facilities-grounds The retreat is open to anyone willing to commit to staying for the whole period of the retreat from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you are needed to stay in touch with family or anyone between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat. Vegetarian lunch will be provided. Participants shall also have the opportunity to offer a meal to the visiting monks, a merit-earning tradition in Buddhist countries. Retreat Fees: IBMR's fees are on a sliding scale. This allows participants to pay according to individual means. There are five levels: Benefactor, Sustaining, Mid, Base and Scholarship. Base does not cover IBMR's cost but is subsidized by those able to pay more. Mid is IBMR's cost without overhead expenses like supplies, promotional materials, meetup fees, etc. Sustaining is IBMR's actual cost. Benefactor provides opportunity to show appreciation and support IBMR's vision for Dhamma practice. Fees are as follows: $100 (benefactor), $80 (Sustaining), $70 (Mid), and $55 (Base). Part of the retreat fee goes to guaranteeing bhante and the other monks a minimum of donations. If there is surplus after expenses are deducted, the balance will be split between IBT and IBMR. Dana is also available at the event. This goes directly to Bhante and the monks as the donor’s expression of gratefulness for the Dhamma. Full or partial scholarships are available to those who can’t afford the full fee. Scholarships are supported by Thursday evening dana so priority shall be given to those who attend Thursdays. Apply to the Retreat Manager before you RSVP. A $25 deposit can reserve your place but payment in full has to be made by August 26, Monday, at 9PM. Please send inquiries to the Retreat Manager, Cindy Brown or if you have trouble meeting the deadline for payment of the retreat fee. Please send cash or checks made out to the Retreat Manager, Cindy Brown at: 8865 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46240. You may contact her at: [masked]. You may also hand her the cash or check at a meet-up.. Refunds for the full amount paid is available up to one week before the event, that is, when the retreat manager is made aware of your intent to cancel by 9 pm August 24, 2019. IBMR is also making this event free of charge to any sister at Our Lady of Grace Benedictine Monastery, our hosts at the retreat center. May we all experience ease, joy and happiness. May all beings be well and happy!

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