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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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First Thursday: Conditions for the Arising of Self

All Souls Unitarian Church

Tonight we'll take a break from my series on developing mindfulness and concentration, two of the 8-fold Path elements of Practice. The Dhamma Talk and discussion will be on how and why we experience something in our life, as presented in the Buddha's teachings in the Theravadan tradition. This is not about the 24 Paṭṭhāna or conditions but an easy introduction to the Paṭiccasamuppāda ( both of which are perhaps the most difficult of his teachings to understand) and using what we understand to examine and live our lives with greater ease and joy. Tonight is in a sense a continuation of my presentation last month on Right View or Understanding, the main subject for which is "self" or atta. In Theravadan Buddhism, there are only three subjects to understand that can lead to liberation: dukkha, self, and impermanence. The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice. On First Thursday we start to gather at 6:30 to transition into practice space, practicing Right Speech while sharing our day or week with others for our mutual benefit. Meditation stars at 6:40. 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; on other Thursdays, dana supports IBMR’s programs that cost to organize, and scholarships for those in need of financial assistance to participate. 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.

The twelve links of dependent origination

All Souls Unitarian Church

This week's discussion topic is the twelve links of dependent origination. This teaching describes the process of causes, conditions and results that keeps us trapped in an unfortunate cycle. Afflictive mental states can condition our actions that result in future dissatisfaction and suffering. And the experience of dissatisfaction and suffering conditions future afflictive mental states. And so the cycle continues endlessly, unless we understand it and take action to break out of it. 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.

Second Saturday Sangha Half-Day Practice

Sangha in modern Buddhist practice is a community of practitioners that meets regularly to inspire and support practice, and where, when needed, teachings and guidance are available. Once a month starting in July, when there is no overnight residential practice, we're meeting on the Second Saturday to sit, walk and study Dhamma. Starting in November, we're meeting at The Switchboard in Fountain Square, 1 to 5 pm. https://www.switchboardindy.com The retreat is open to anyone willing to commit to staying for the whole period of the retreat. If you are needed to stay in touch with family or anyone between 1 and 5:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat. Attendance at Second Saturday Sangha will be a prerequisite for attending all-day or overnight retreats. Longer practice takes meditation to a deeper level, training us through patience and earnestness not only for longer, intensive training but also to better manage life's challenges. If you come early, you can walk in the neighborhood, quiet and peaceful scenes of urban life in which most of us live and/or work. There is street parking, and parking lots on Shelby north and south of the building. Participants shall be asked to take the Five Training Precepts including verbal and bodily Silence, that is, no communication with anyone outside or inside the retreat except with the teacher. The use of electronic devices during training is discouraged. Time to rely on just ourselves for the four hours of the retreat, cultivate mindfulness and direct attention to mind and its contents. Teacher: Orlando Gustilo has over 30 years experience in Buddhist meditation practice. He started in the Zen tradition in 1985 until he sat with Ruth Denison at IMS in 1986 when the Theravada became his main lineage. In recent years he added nonsectarian, scholarship to both study and practice. Sitting Fee: $10. Bring to the retreat. Dana is not included. Dana is our expression of gratitude for the opportunity to practice and for teachings. Registration: Please RSVP on meetup.com by Friday morning so the host will know whom to expect. The Switchboard is a private co-working space so you'll need to be let in starting at 12:45. Message Orlando for questions here or at [masked].

Third Thursday: Program to be announced

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. 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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The Four Right Efforts

All Souls Unitarian Church

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