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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+)

Fourth Thursday: Meditation and Buddhist Discussion

All Souls Unitarian Church

The he 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 discussion. First and third Thursdays will have a pre-announced speaker and Dhamma Talk. The remaining Thursdays will include either a video, article or topic for discussion. Each Thursday's meetup will begin with meditation. 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. 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 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.

First Thursday: Samadhi (Concentration) and Vipassana (Insight)

All Souls Unitarian Church

The Dhamma Talk tonight will be about the two kinds of still-mind practices. We'll go into a few more details on what objects may arise in the mind that has become quiet but not yet in jhana, and what arise once threshold samadhi is attained. 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. 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 Third Thursdays, dana will fund 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. On First Thursday, come at 6:30 and mingle, get to know the other persons interested in Buddhist practice. Meditation begins at 6:40..

Second Saturday Sangha in August at Benedict Inn

Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center

Sangha in modern Buddhist practice is a community of practitioners that meet regularly to inspire and support practice, and where, when needed, teachings and guidance are available. Meditation is a good part of practice but so are the other activities of our daily life. Once a month starting in July, when there is no overnight residential practice, we're meeting at the Benedictine Retreat Center for 7 hours of sustained sitting and walking meditation practice. 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. Registration starts at 8:30, but come early or arrive no later than 8:45 am. If you come early, you can walk the grounds and begin to still the mind. On one side is the Labyrinth, a replica of the one on the stone floor at Chartres Cathedral built around 1220 CE. Walking a labyrinth is said to be a metaphor for our journey through life - not a maze but a simple, single path when walked with an open mind and heart. 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. Vegetarian lunch will be provided. Meals are silent. Instructions for mindful eating will be given. Eating mindfully can encourage us to eat with joy and without indulgence. Training shall be in the Vipassana tradition similar to the practice at IMS in Barre, and the Zen sesshin: sitting, walking, and teachings. Reading, writing, and the use of electronic devices during the retreat are discouraged. Teacher: Orlando Gustilo has over 30 years experience in psychodynamic psychiatry and Buddhist meditation practice. He started in the Zen tradition in 1985 until he sat with Ruth Denison at IMS in 1986. He has taught since 1986, and led retreats since 2014, leading the monthly 2nd Saturday Sangha Retreats at All Souls since 2015. Retreat Fee: $30, which includes a vegetarian lunch provided by Cindy. Scholarships are need-based and must be applied for to Cindy Brown prior to registration. Thursday evening dana provide for the scholarships so those who attend Thursdays will be given priority for awarding scholarships. A $10 deposit can reserve your space but payment in full has to be made by July 10, Wednesday, at 9PM. Please send inquiries to the Retreat Manager, Cindy Brown, for fees and space availability or if you have trouble meeting the deadline for payment of the registration 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. The fee covers the use of our temporary zendo, the grounds for walking, lunch and overhead expenses, like supplies, deposits, paying for unused reserved rooms, etc. The registration fee does NOT include teacher dana.

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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