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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.

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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.

Pariyatti - Key Concepts in Early Mahāyāna

We’ll continue our exploration of the developmental history of early Buddhism on Mainland Asia with the arising of new foci and interpretations of early Buddhist concepts that broadened Buddhism’s appeal while arguably also watering down the simplicity of Pali-based Dharma. The Pariyatti series is offered for a suggested donation of $20 per meeting, $50 for all meetings of the month contracted on the First Tuesday. Please make arrangements with the teacher if you are unable to make the donation or if you start attending after the first Tuesday of the month. Scholarships are available. The series is open for anyone to attend. Discussion is active and practice-focused. The class begins with a 20-minute meditation. RSVP is required. Please change your status should your schedule change.

Third Thursday: Satipaṭṭhāna: The Practice of Staying Near Our Experience

The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice. Thursday meetups are for everyone. Tonight’s dhamma talk will be given by Ryan Hardly: "Satipaṭṭhāna (usually translated as “establishing mindfulness”) is one of the fundamental practices originally taught by the Buddha, which he referred to as “the direct path to realization”. It is a practice that keeps our awareness near to our own experience instead of caught up in complications that prevent us from being present. We will examine the factors of the practice and how it can be used to develop the kind of insight into our experience that can liberate us from stress and suffering." The program: a 30-minute meditation, followed by a short participant intro, the Dhamma Talk and Sangha Discussion, ending with our Sangha Fellowship 8:30 to 8:45. We have to be out of the building by 9 pm. 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.

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.

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