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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+)

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. At the end of the challenge, we have a special surprise. This will be announced on our FB page. As soon as the details are in place, it will be announed here, too.

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.”

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.”

Fourth Thursday: What is a Bodhisattva?

All Souls Unitarian Church

The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice. Note: This meetup was rescheduled from April 18th to the Fourth Thursday, April 25th. First and Third Thursday meetups are for everyone: starting at 6:30 with a 30-minute meditation, individual practice introductions, announcements, a dhamma talk, and dharma discussion, ending at 8:30 with dana and Sangha Fellowship when participants can engage with each other socially and get to know each other. This evening, the Dhamma Talk will be given by Cindy Brown: “Maybe you hav heard the word Bodhisattva and wondered what it means. Like Nirvana and Karma, it’s another word moving from it’s Buddhist origins into the mainstream vocabulary. According to an article in Tricycle magazine, a Bodhisattva is “an ordinary person who acts like a true adult.” Is that all there is to it? Join us this Thursday and find out. All adults, true or not, are welcome.” More advanced practitioners are invited to Pariyatti for classes on concepts and practice. Extended no-frills meditation practice are offered weekly, longer residential retreats for those wanting to deepen mindfulness and concentration. 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 First and Third 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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Third Thursday: Meditation and Buddhist Discussion

All Souls Unitarian Church

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