What we're about

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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Sit for Six: IBMR's Meditation Challenge

All Souls Unitarian Church

Welcome to Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreat's meditation challenge, Sit for Six. For six weeks, IBMR will either help you get started in a meditation practice or support your pre-existing practice. In order to fully take advantage of the support offered, you will need to follow us on Facebook. You may either join our page if you haven't done so already, or type #sitforsix in the search box at the top of your FB page to see challenge related posts. Each day something will be added by either Sharon or Cindy, assistant organizers at IBMR, to the IBMR Facebook page. Briefly, there are no attendance requirements. You don't need to commit to the challenge anywhere but in your heart. The challenge runs from Saturday, April 6th until Saturday, May 18th. During this time, we would like participants to commit-to-sit. How often and for how long is up to you. Instructions on meditation will be available on our FB page. If you would like more information, Youtube and the internet are loaded with videos and instructional articles and books. Find us on Facebook and join in! This "meetup announcement" will be posted weekly as a reminder of Sit for Six the duration of the challenge. Members are encouraged to attend a Meetup during Sit for Six and pick up a wristband or two (pictured above). This red-band will help you remember your commitment and provide a reminder that happiness, peace and presence can be obtained right here, right now in this very moment. Meditation practice spills over from the time spent on the cushion into "real life." RSVP's aren't necessary for this meditation event. This is just an announement of an event. There is no actual Meetup. On Saturday, May 25th, we will hold an end of challenge Indian cooking class and get-together at All Souls. Our favorite Indian cook, Nirmala, will offer instructions on preparing and cooking home-style Indian food. Dinner will be served. There maybe a few of you who remember what a great time we had at Nirmala’s last class. This event is free to SXS participants. Space permitting, friends and family members may be able to attend. For further information, go to our Facebook page, “Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats.”

Workday Morning Practice

The Hatch- A Place to Create

We’ll sit for 30 minutes. Participants are welcome to stay another 15 minutes for practice-related discussion after sitting.

Workday Morning Practice

The Hatch- A Place to Create

We’ll sit for 30 minutes. Participants are welcome to stay another 15 minutes for practice-related discussion after sitting.

Pariyatti - Maya, "the World," in Buddhist Theory and Practice

Tonight we continue our inclusive and humanistic study of Buddhism that examines fundamental teachings in the traditions of Buddhism with other ways of knowing and naming. Our focus tonight is on what is often called "illusion," or the sensations and conceptions of what we experience that without wisdom lead us to unskillful actions. The Pariyatti series is offered for a suggested donation of $20 per meeting, $40 for all meetings in May contracted on May 14. Please make arrangements with the teacher if you are unable to make the donation or if you start attending after the first Tuesday meeting 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 30-minute meditation. RSVP is required. Please change your status should your schedule change.

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Workday Morning Practice

The Hatch- A Place to Create

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